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From the Rampage Desk: Week 18 - Rodeo Road Trip, part one

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NHL: Colorado Avalanche at Los Angeles Kings Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The beloved Rampage started their annual month away from the AT&T center last Saturday but this weekend begins the real travel portion. They play a pair of games against the Chicago Wolves with a Saturday contest vs Rockford in between.

Roster Report

- Spencer Martin was returned to the Rampage, correctly I might add, so he can play games in the AHL rather than spectating in the NHL. Jeremy Smith has been called up to take his place and will probably end up making his NHL debut at some point.

- Mat Clark was out for both games last weekend with an undisclosed injury. Apparently it hasn’t gotten better so Cody Corbett has been recalled from the Eagles. Looking down the road, Colorado now has quite a few options for the playoffs with Corbett, Geertsen and Boikov having played enough games to qualify for post-season play on the blueline.

Preview: CHI/RFD

The Rampage lost a pair to the Wolves early in the season but there’s little to apply from that now. They’re in 2nd place in the Midwest with a 27-16-6 record. Fun fact: Gus Young was acquired from the Wolves earlier this year so I’m sure he’s jacked up about these games.

Rockford is still bad, last in the Midwest and the entire WC by a mile. San Antonio has beaten them all 3 times they’ve played this year, twice in OT.

Lineup from Saturday

Whitney - O’Brien - Petryk
Greer - Compher - Sislo
Bourque - Girard - Grimaldi
Henley - Bourke - Nantel

Bigras - Young
Boikov - Lindholm
Geertsen - Siemens

Smith
Simpson

Scratched: Nunn
Injured: Clark, Vogelhuber, Elson

I think there might be a bit of a shuffle in the D-pairs. Marty will play two of the games for sure. Another fun fact: The Rampage are a game below .500 and haven’t been over in exactly one year.

Schedule

Friday at Chicago 8pm ET

Saturday at Rockford 8pm ET

Sunday at Chicago 4pm ET

All games on Ticket760

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Tonight’s game runs unopposed to the Avs but the next two overlap somewhat.