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Rampage: Hopefully On The Right Track

Tuesday, 11.6.2012 / 10:30 AM ET
By Glenn Odebralski - FloridaPanthers.com / Panthers Insider
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Forward Jon Rheault scores his second of the game against the Grand Rapids Griffins on Nov. 2, tying the score at two. San Antonio went on to win the game 3-2 to start their four-game home stand (San Antonio Rampage)

Everyone that spoke following the games over the weekend discussed how important it is to get off to a fast start.

Obviously it didn't happen the first couple of games this season as San Antonio was 2-4-1 but two games into their home stand, winning games the right way (defensively stifling opponents and getting team efforts), hopefully has the Rampage on the right track.

For head coach Chuck Weber, this story seems to be a recurring theme. One that he hopes his team is past this season.

"We talked about this last year. For some reason it takes a little while for the system to sink in," said Weber. "I don't know why. It's part of my coaching career that way. Most teams I've been with, we've been .500 to start the year and kind of go from there."

With veterans like captain Nolan Yonkman and fellow blueliner Tyson Strachan along with forwards Greg Rallo, Andre Deveaux and JF Jacques among others, Weber sees that the team seems to be grasping the system a little earlier this season.

"I think we're doing a better job in the offensive end as well (besides the defensive end)," said Weber. "Close support on pucks. Taking away time and space and playing with our sticks on the ice all over the ice which is creating turnovers and opportunities."

A slow start last season that went deep into November almost cost the Rampage a chance at the playoffs as they had to play lights out just to play catch up and then earn the sixth seed on the last day of the regular season. They're hoping they don't have to do that this season.

"We need to get the points," said forward Eric Selleck who netted the game-winner late in the third period on Friday against Grand Rapids. "We got off to a bad start last year and we couldn't do it again."

"Two points every game (are) on the line," said goaltender Dov Grumet-Morris following the Rampage's most recent game, a 2-0 win over division rival Oklahoma City. "We need those points."

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 54 40 10 4 178 124 84
2 FLA 56 32 18 6 153 132 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
5 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 NYI 54 29 19 6 153 137 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 63
10 CAR 56 25 21 10 137 146 60
11 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 57 25 26 6 159 177 56
14 CBJ 57 23 28 6 144 175 52
15 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
16 TOR 54 20 25 9 127 151 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 53 17 23 13 40
J. Huberdeau 56 11 29 10 40
J. Jokinen 56 11 27 12 38
V. Trocheck 56 17 18 2 35
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
R. Smith 56 18 16 11 34
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
A. Ekblad 52 11 13 17 24
B. Campbell 56 5 18 20 23
N. Bjugstad 41 9 10 -5 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 24 14 5 .924 2.29
A. Montoya 8 4 1 .926 2.06

 
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