Didn't really do anything with defensive pairing so not sure how they will start. But they never end up with the same pairings by the end of the game anyway.
Texas is top heavy offensively with a very good top line (Sceviour/Morin/Mueller) and not much else. Expect Nilstorp to start tonight and he has given the Rampage fits. Rampage need to keep the pressure on and play loose and fast like they did opening weekend.
Highlights from tonight's 3-1 Rampage loss. despite the goal given up by DGM by coming out of the net to play the puck (turned out to be the game-winner), he played a strong game. Rampage had a 4 min PP to work with and didn't register any shots (Butler hit a post), Texas dominated the Rampage in faceoff wins.
Now that last weekend is behind them, time to look forward.
OKC in town for two in two nights. Based on how completely wrong I was about Texas so far, I'm not going to make any predictions on the Barons. Omark is dangerous, but plays no defense, and Nesbitt always lights the Rampage up, just as most former Rampage players do.
Notes from morning skate:
- Howden has been dropped to the 4th line. The more I watch him, the more I see a 3rd/4th line energy guy and PK as a ceiling. Just not sure the offensive skill develops where I thought it would last season.
- Lines are as follows:
Shaw and Combs scratched (healthy)
Urban (healthy) and Cohen (minor ding) scratches.
- DGM gets the start. Looks like Bachman goes for OKC
- 7 of OKC's 16 goals have come on PP. If the Rampage can stay out of the box, should be a tight, low scoring game. If they get undisciplined, the Barons can make them pay and this team isn't built designed to play catch up, right now.
- 80's night tonight. Whatever. Bad music, worse clothes.