Game Preview: Midwest Matchup
The Rampage travel north to play the Milwaukee Admirals on Monday night in search of their first win on the Rodeo Road Trip. The Rampage lost in overtime in both games against the Wild this weekend in Des Moines.
The Admirals picked up their league-worst ninth overtime loss on Saturday night against the Chicago Wolves. They are 2-5-3 in their last ten home games heading into Monday night.
The Rampage have lost six straight games away from the AT&T Center. The Rampage had a two-goal lead twice during the game Friday night, but would eventually lose 5-4 in overtime. The following night the Rampage led by a goal with nine seconds left in the third period when J.T. Brown tied the game for the Wild. Iowa scored 39 seconds into overtime to seal the weekend sweep.
Jared Coreau has started 13 straight games but has yet to record a win on the road. In his six road losses, the Rampage have given up an average of four goals per game. He has a 3.01 goals-against average with San Antonio this season.
Jordan Kyrou extended his points streak to seven straight games with an assist on Saturday night against the Wild. He tied the longest point streak in Rampage history earlier this season in a span of 12 games that totaled 20 points.
The Rampage can draw within two points of a playoff spot with a win against the Admirals on Monday. Milwaukee leads the season series 3-0-1 and has scored ten goals in two games when playing against the Rampage at home.
The Admirals have lost five straight games heading into Monday. During that losing streak, the Admirals have given up an average of three goals per game, despite having the third best goals against average in the league. They currently hold the lowest home winning percentage in the Central Division at .519.
Admirals forward Emil Pettersson was traded on Friday to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Laurent Dauphin and Adam Helewka. Pettersson led Milwaukee with 46 points last season and had 33 points in 49 games played this year. Forwards Dauphin and Helewka both recorded an assist over the weekend in their first two games with the Admirals.
Admirals goaltender Troy Grosenick boasts a .923 save percentage which ranks second in the league. He has lost four straight starts for the first time this season. In his most recent game, he gave up five goals on 28 shots against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
Tyler Gaudet has scored a goal in each of his two games against the Rampage this season. In his previous game on Saturday night, Gaudet tied the game with 19 seconds left to force overtime and a guaranteed point. His goal helped the Admirals remain tied for the last playoff spot in the Central Division with the Rockford IceHogs.
Rampage to Watch
Sammy Blais notched two goals and an assist against Iowa this weekend. Since returning to the Rampage from the Blues on January 24, he has points in every game and is riding a four-game goal scoring streak. He scored two goals in his stint with the Blues that lasted from January 8 to January 23.
Admiral to Watch
Anthony Richard picked up his team-leading 18th goal of the season on Friday night against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. He has points in three of his four games against the Rampage. His most successful game of the season came against San Antonio when he recorded a hat trick and four total points on January 22.
- The Rampage are winless in regulation against Milwaukee.
- The Admirals are second in the league at home on the penalty kill with an 89% success rate.
- Milwaukee has a -20 goal differential in the third period.
- The Rampage have a league-worst 4-15-3 road record.
- The Rampage have scored 48 goals on the road, which ranks 30th in the league.
- Rampage defenseman Niko Mikkola scored his first AHL goal on Friday.