Weekend Preview: Familiar Foes
The Rampage take on the Chicago Wolves on Saturday and the Grand Rapids Griffins on Sunday this weekend at the AT&T Center. San Antonio faced both teams last week and lost both games.
On Tuesday the Rampage fell in the shootout for the first time this year in a 2-1 loss against the Grand Rapids Griffins. Austin Poganski scored the lone goal for the Rampage and they were unable to score in the shootout. The Rampage have lost six straight games and are last in the Central Division with 61 points.
During the six-game losing streak, the Rampage have allowed an average of five goals per game. Jared Coreau bounced back in the previous game by stopping 22 of 23 shots faced against the Grand Rapids Griffins, a team he was a member of for five seasons. He recorded a shutout in his first game against the Griffins in February and stopped all 29 shots faced.
The Rampage are 4-2-0 against the Wolves this season and are 2-3-2 when facing the Griffins. The Wolves have a two-point lead over the Griffins for first place in the Central Division.
Chicago lost their previous game 2-1 in a shootout against the Rockford IceHogs. They killed all five power-play opportunities for the IceHogs but were 0-for-6 on their own power play. Chicago is 6-2-2 in their previous ten games and are tied with the Iowa Wild for the most goals in the Western Conference with 211.
The Wolves lead the Central Division with 82 points and have 12 games remaining on their schedule. They will face the Iowa Wild and Grand Rapids Griffins one more time this season. Both teams are currently two points back from the Wolves in the standings.
Goaltender Oscar Dansk is 3-0-1 in his last four games and has only allowed five goals in that span. He has given up ten goals in three games against the Rampage this season and his lone win against the Rampage came on March 16.
The Griffins lost 6-3 against the Texas Stars in their last game. Turner Elson scored a goal to give him points in four of his last five games. The Griffins were held scoreless in two games in San Antonio up until Tuesday when they won 2-1 in a shootout over the Rampage.
Goalie Patrik Rybar is 3-0-0 against the Rampage this season. He currently has a 2.29 goals-against average which ranks third in the league among goalies. The Griffins other goaltender, Harri Sateri, allowed five goals in his last game. He has found success recently against the Rampage by allowing only one goal in each of the last two meetings.
Forward Chris Terry has points in four of seven games against the Rampage this season. He leads the Griffins with 56 points and has five points in his previous five games.
Rampage to Watch
Jordan Nolan has points in two of his last three games. He is tied for the team lead with 16 goals and has 29 points in 50 games played. He will look to record his first point against the Griffins this season.
Wolf to Watch
Forward T.J. Tynan recorded his first four-point game of the season against the Rampage in their previous meeting. He assisted on four of the six goals scored by the Wolves which lead to a 6-2 victory. Tynan has eight points in his last five games.
Griffin to Watch
Matt Puempel has recorded at least one point in his previous three games. He scored a power-play goal against the Rampage on Tuesday and is second on the team with 50 points. Puempel has points in the last two meetings against the Rampage.
- The Rampage have earned at least one point in 18 of their last 19 games at home.
- Chicago is first in the Central Division when playing on the road with 39 points.
- San Antonio has allowed 209 goals this season which ranks last in the Central Division.
- Chicago forward Daniel Carr scored four goals in a game this season which is tied for the league lead with Paul Thompson.
- The Griffins have only lost five times in regulation when scoring first.
- The Wolves rank third in the league on the penalty kill on the road with an 85.8% success rate.