Gameday Preview vs. Oklahoma City Barons

GAME PREVIEW: The Rampage will host the Oklahoma City Barons at the AT&T Center tonight for the first time in franchise history. The Rampage hold a 22-9-1-0 record good for 45 points and the lead in the Western Conference standings.

The Rampage dropped a 2-1 decision to the Houston Aeros on Monday night, despite outshooting the club 40-17. Bracken Kearns scored the lone goal on the power play while Petr Prucha and Michael Stone added the helpers.

AGAINST THE BARONS: The Rampage hold an all-time record of 3-0-0-0 against the Barons while all three contests have been played at the Cox Convention Center.

The last time these teams met was on December 18 which resulted in a 4-2 victory for the Rampage. Right wing Brett MacLean made history by tallying two assists to become the all-time franchise points leader, while center Andrew Ebbett registered a three-point night with one goal and two assists and defenseman Garrett Stafford added one goal and one assist for his fifth multiple point game of the season.

The Barons, the AHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers, have gone 16-12-1-4 in the first 33 games of their inaugural season for the seventh seed of the West Division standings. Oklahoma City is currently on a five-game winless streak after losing 4-3 in a shootout to the Texas Stars last night.

Oklahoma City has been impressive on the penalty kill by only allowing 22 goals on 171 attempts for a league-best 87.1% success rate and has notched the second-best road penalty kill going 87.5% after letting in 10 goals on 80 attempts. Left wing Alexandre Giroux has led the Barons attack with 10 goals and 20 assists for 30 points while Liam Reddox follows closely behind with 15 goals and 12 assists for 27 points. Four of Reddox’s 15 goals have been shorthanded which ties him for second most in the AHL. Goaltender Martin Gerber has spent the most time on ice posting 11 wins with two shutouts and a 2.45 goals against average, which ties him for the 13th highest among goaltenders along with the Rampage’s netminder Matt Climie.

POWERFUL PLAY: The Rampage hold the second overall power play percentage at 23.5% by only allowing 35 goals on 149 attempts.

A BIG PLUS: Rampage defenseman Chris Summers owns a plus-11 rating which leads the Rampage and ranks third among AHL rookies.

BIG SHOT: Brett MacLean is tied for first in the league with the most shot attempts at 144. On December 27 vs. Houston, he tied his previous record of taking 10 shots on goal in a single game.

OFFENSIVE DEFENSEMAN: Garrett Stafford has 22 points on five goals and 17 assists which ties him for the fourth-highest shot total among defensmen in the AHL. Stafford also possesses the second highest number of power-play assists at 12.

MACLEAN WATCH: Brett MacLean is one game behind Sean Sullivan (183) and seven assists David Spina (78) to become the franchise all-time franchise leader in each catergory.

THREE TIMES A CHARM: The Rampage have 11 three-in-three series slated for the 2010-11 season own a 10-4-1-0 record when playing three games in three nights as they have now completed five series.

IN THE BOOKS: Brett MacLean became the all-time franchise point leader as he recorded two assists at OKC on Dec. 18 to give him 134 points.

EARLY CHRISTMAS PRESENT: For the first time in franchise history, the Rampage earned their 20th win of the season before Christmas as they defeated the Manitoba Moose in a 5-4 shootout decision on Dec. 11 improving their record to 20-7-1-0.

GOING THE EXTRA MILE: The Rampage have registered a 4-0 record in shootout games so far this season passing their 2009-10 mark of two shootout victories. San Antonio has recorded an AHL-best of ten goals scored on 16 attempts for a 62.5% success rate during the shootout. Mikkel Boedker has been flawless netting all four of his shootout attempts to lead the league. Goaltender Matt Climie sits in second place for shootout percentage at 93.3%, stopping 14-of-15 attempts.

LONE STAR FACEOFF: The Rampage fell to third place in the Lone Star Faceoff standings with 9 points after a 2-1 loss to the Aeros on Monday night.The Aeros have gained control of the lead with 14 points, while Texas trails closely behind with 13 points. San Antonio is 3-2-0-0 when facing Houston and hold a 1-3-1-0 record against Texas.

DRAFT TALENT: San Antonio’s roster currently features eight players selected in the first three rounds of the NHL Entry Draft:
1st round NHL draft picks:
Al Montoya was selected by New York Rangers (6th overall) in 2004
Mikkel Boedker was selected by Phoenix (8th overall) in 2008
Alexandre Picard was selected by Columbus (8th overall) in 2004
Viktor Tikhonov was selected by Phoenix (28th overall) in 2008
Chris Summers was selected by Phoenix (29th overall) in 2006
Nick Ross was selected by Phoenix (30th overall) in 2007

2nd round NHL draft picks:
Brett MacLean was selected by Phoenix (32nd overall) in 2007

3rd round NHL draft picks:
Jonas Ahnelov was selected by Phoenix (88th overall) in 2006

AROUND THE WORLD: The Rampage currently have 27 players on this season’s roster hailing from all over the world. The roster mostly consists of players from Canada with 16 while only seven players are American, including two from California. There are four players from Europe with hometowns in Sweden, Russia, Latvia and the Czech Republic.

SEASONED VETERANS AND YOUNG GUNS: The Rampage roster contains eight players classified as veterans and four players classified as rookies.

COYOTE WATCH: The Phoenix Coyotes, San Antonio’s NHL parent club, were defeated 3-1 by the Anaheim Ducks last night. Former Rampage player Ketih Yandle notched his 18th assist of the season on the lone goal. The Coyotes will host the Los Angeles Kings tonight. 

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