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Ontario Reign Weekend Preview: Ontario @ Rampage / @ Stars

The Reign head out to central Texas to take on a pair of division rivals.

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Ontario Reign @ San Antonio Rampage (AT&T CEnter) / Ontario Reign @ Texas Stars (Cedar Park Center)

Days: Friday (AT&T Center)/Saturday (Cedar Park Center)

Time: 5:30 p.m. Pacific (Friday), 5:00 p.m. Pacific (Saturday)

Listen: Mixlr

Watch: AHL Live

Ontario Reign Projected Lines

39 Auger - 9 Kempe - 16 Backman
27 Mersch - 26 Dowd - 12 Brodzinski
18 Samuels-Thomas - 21 Crescenzi - 7 Zykov
28 Lowry - 24 Horvat - 25 Sabourin
20 MacDermid - 5 Loverde
4 Gravel - 33 Raine
55 Schultz - 23 Ebert
31 Budaj
32 Emery

Some game notes, information courtesy of Lindsay Czarnecki:

  • Paul Bissonnette is sidelined with another injury, this one unrelated to the groin injury that caused him to miss a couple of weeks earlier this season.
  • Jonny Brodzinski is terribly snakebitten, so Coach Stothers is moving him up with Nic Dowd and Michael Mersch to see if that helps get him going.
  • Stothers says it's nothing against Valentin Zykov, but he was looking for a spark up in Bako and found one with the line of Mersch-Dowd-Brodzinski. As Sheng noted in his #fancystat recap, that line was +9 in corsi when they were put together, so it's worth an extended look.
  • Joel Lowry had an unfortunate pro debut as his line gave up a couple of first period goals, but overall it was a (mostly) positive experience.

San Antonio Rampage Projected Lines

Agozzino-Cliche-Rantanen

Rendulic-Smith-Petryk

Bordeleau-Hishon-Bourke

Schumacher-Henley-Cheek

Bigras-Clark

Siemens-Noreau

Labrie-Zadorov

Pickard

  • The last time the Reign and Rampage played was a back-to-back set in Ontario, in which the latter was (mostly) opportunistic in taking 4 points instead of 2 as both games went to OT.
  • It was a goaltending duel between Peter Budaj and Calvin Pickard on the second day, leading to a heartbreaking 2-1 defeat in OT as the young Avalanche netminder was absolutely fantastic in stealing the extra point for his team.
  • Clark suffered an injury on Tuesday and is a "game-time decision" per Dan Weiss, the Rampage PBP guy.

Texas Stars Projected Lines

Lines courtesy of 100 Degree Hockey.

Shore-Morin-Ranford
McKenzie-Faksa-Rallo
Hulak-Smith-Troock
Dickinson-Stransky-Dowling?

Lindell-Johns
Nemeth-Blacker
Mangene-Honka
Bystrom?

Campbell

  • The Stars are in a bit of a rut and may shake things up, however, things aren't really expected to change too much. These were the lines from the last game.
  • Justin Dowling was injured on Tuesday but will play this weekend. F Dowling probably comes in, and D Mangene is likely on the outside.
  • Jack Campbell may start on Friday, and if he does, the Reign may see John Muse, who's having a slightly better season than Campbell.


    2015-2016 Records

    Ontario: 8-2-2-0, 18 points (2nd Pacific Division, 3rd Western Conference)
    San Antonio: 9-1-4-0, 22 points (1st Pacific Division, 1st Western Conference)
    Texas: 8-6-0-0, 16 points (4th Pacific Division, 8th Western Conference)

    Ontario vs. San Antonio, Head-to-Head in 2015-16

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    Ontario vs. Texas, Head-to-Head in 2015-16

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