Weekend Preview: Rodeo Road Trip Begins
The Rampage head to Des Moines to face the Iowa Wild on Friday and Saturday, marking the start of their monthlong road trip. The Rampage bounced back to beat the Grand Rapids Griffins 2-0 on Friday night after falling to the Heat in overtime the previous week, which ended their 12-game home winning streak.
The Wild snapped their three-game losing streak Tuesday night with a 4-2 win against the San Jose Barracuda. Iowa is second in the Central Division with a 25-16-7 record. Following their five-game road trip the Wild return home, where they are 4-1 in their last five games.
Rampage goaltender Jared Coreau shutout two of his former teams in his last three games. He stopped 23 shots faced in a 4-0 win over the San Diego Gulls on January 25, marking his first shutout of the season with the Rampage. Coreau recorded his second shutout a week later, as he stopped 29 shots against the Griffins.
In the last ten road games, the Rampage are 2-7-1 and are on a four-game losing streak. They look to jump-start their play on the road, as they have struggled away from the AT&T Center resulting in a league-worst 4-15-1 record. The Rampage have a 13.6% success rate on the power play on the road, which ranks 29th in the league.
The Rampage are within five points of a playoff spot after finishing 7-4-1 in January, which included a 12-game home winning streak that spanned from December 8 to January 25. The Rampage are two points behind the Rockford IceHogs and five points below the Milwaukee Admirals, two teams they will face during the trip to try and make up ground in the standings.
The Wild head into the weekend series with a 16-5-3 record at home. The Wild have had success at the Wells Fargo Arena, ranking third on the power play and fifth on the penalty kill.
Rookie goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen is winless against the Rampage this season, allowing ten goals in two games started. Kahkonen started the season 5-1-1, which included three shutouts, and led the league with a 0.98 GAA. In his previous game, he allowed two goals on 26 shots in a 4-2 win against the Barracuda.
On January 30 the Minnesota Wild traded defenseman Ryan Murphy to the New Jersey Devils for defenseman Michael Kapla. In 45 games played with the Binghamton Devils this season, Kapla recorded 16 points and ranked second amongst team defensemen in goals and assists.
Forward Kyle Rau was recalled to the Minnesota Wild on Monday along with Luke Kunin. Rau ranks third on the Iowa Wild with 30 points in 45 games played. With Rau assigned to Minnesota, forward Gerald Mayhew will look to improve on his already successful season, which includes a team-leading 15 goals.
San Antonio is the only team in the league that is undefeated against Iowa in regulation. The penalty kill has been the key for the Rampage, holding the Wild power play to 1-for-14 in their four meetings.
Rampage to Watch
Jordan Kyrou has seven points in four games against Iowa this season, including a three-assist game on December 14th. The Rampage won the game 4-3 in a shootout, with Kyrou assisting on every goal in regulation. Kyrou has points in five straight games.
Wild to Watch
Gerald Mayhew has been productive against the Rampage this season, tallying six points in four games. In his last seven games he has three goals and nine points. He has two shorthanded goals this season, which is tied for first on the team with Kyle Rau.
- Iowa is undefeated in regulation when leading after the second period.
- The Wild have a +16-goal differential in the third period.
- The Rampage won only two games on the road in December and January.
- The Rampage are winless when trailing after one period on the road.
- San Antonio has scored three or more goals in all four matchups vs. Iowa this season.
- Iowa goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen leads rookie goaltenders with five shutouts.