Weekend Preview: Top Dogs
The Rampage continue their road trip as they face the Iowa Wild on Friday and the Chicago Wolves on Saturday. San Antonio lost 4-1 in Iowa on Tuesday night and remain last in the Central Division.
The Rampage were 0-for-4 on the power play and outshot the Wild 26 to 18 on Tuesday. Ryan Olsen extended his point streak to three games with an assist on Klim Kostin’s goal in the second period.
Ville Husso allowed three goals on 17 shots on Tuesday and has a 3.59 goals-against average this season. Since returning from injury he has given up an average of 4.75 goals per game in four starts.
Ryan Olsen has five points in his previous three games, marking his highest point streak of the season. On Sunday he scored his first professional shorthanded goal against the Texas Stars.
On Wednesday the Blues recalled Jordan Kyrou from the Rampage. He leads the Rampage with 43 points and has ten points over his previous nine games. Kyrou has posted a goal and two assists in 16 games with the Blues this season.
The Wild improved to 5-2-2-1 in their last ten games after defeating the Rampage 4-1 on Tuesday. Kyle Rau tallied a three-point game and scored two third period goals.
Iowa is one of the top teams when playing at home this season. They have a 20-5-5 record and lead the Western Conference with 117 goals. They have earned at least one point in eight straight games at home and are 7-1-2 in their last ten contests.
Wild goaltender Andrew Hammond has won four straight games including a shutout against the Pacific Division-leading Bakersfield Condors. Against the Rampage on Tuesday Hammond allowed one goal on 26 shots. He currently has a .917 save percentage and is 15-7-1 this season.
The Wild are tied for second in the Central Division with the Grand Rapids Griffins with 76 points. They are only three points back from the division-leading Chicago Wolves. Iowa is 3-2-2 against the Wolves this season and are 3-0-1 when playing the Griffins.
The Rampage have been successful against the Wild this season with a 4-1-2 record. Iowa has won the last three matchups, including their first regulation win against the Rampage on Tuesday.
The Chicago Wolves have won three straight games since losing to the Rampage on March 5. They won 2-1 in overtime against the Milwaukee Admirals on Sunday and recorded 34 shots on goal. They have won eight straight games at home to improve their record to 18-8-5 when playing at the Allstate Arena.
Wolves forward Daniel Carr leads the league with 71 points but hasn’t played since being injured on March 5 against the Rampage. Prior to his injury Carr recorded 18 points in 12 games and was awarded AHL Player of the Month for February.
Goaltender Max Lagace was recalled to Chicago’s NHL affiliate Vegas Golden Knights under emergency conditions on Sunday. Lagace has a 6-0-1 record in his last seven starts and currently has a career-best 2.30 goals-against average. He recorded a shutout against the Rampage on January 4 and has limited San Antonio to one goal in each of the last two meetings.
The Wolves are 1-3-1 against the Rampage this season and lost the previous matchup 2-1 in a shootout. Two of their eight home losses were against the Rampage, which included a 3-0 shutout on January 4.
Rampage to Watch
Rookie Austin Poganski has four points in his last three starts, including his first three-point game of the season against the Texas Stars on March 9. Before his points streak started he netted his third shootout goal of the season in a 2-1 win over the Chicago Wolves.
Wild to Watch
Kyle Rau has nine points in his last five games including his second hat trick of the season. On Tuesday he posted a three-point game against the Rampage in a 4-1 win. He leads the team with 22 goals and has 43 points this season.
Wolf to Watch
Goaltender Oscar Dansk is 3-1-0 in his last four games. He recorded a season-high 38 saves against the Texas Stars on February 24 in a 4-2 victory. Dansk is 19-9-3 this season with a 2.74 goals-against average.
- The Rampage are first in the league with a .667 shootout goal percentage.
- Chicago has the most wins against the Central Division this season with a 29-17-6 record.
- The Wolves have a +26 goal differential in the first period.
- Iowa is 6-1-3 when being outshot by their opponent.
- The Rampage have a -21 goal differential in the third period.
- San Antonio is 0-23-2 when trailing after two periods.