The San Antonio Rampage will open the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs against the same team that knocked them out three years ago. Despite the two same two teams meeting up again, there are differences as this series gets set to begin on Thursday night.
Two players on the Rampage remain from the 2012 playoff squad, while Oklahoma City has no one left from the squad that eliminated the silver and black in five games in the Western Conference Semifinals three years ago.
San Antonio went 9-1-2-0 in 12 meetings with the Barons in the 2014-15 season, including a 5-1 record in Oklahoma City. The Rampage have home ice advantage in this series and it will play a key factor. During the regular season, the silver and black were 4-0-2-0 at the AT&T Center against the Barons, with the two losses coming in overtime.
With Bobby Butler out for the rest of the season, Vincent Trocheck is the next dangerous player on a very deep roster for San Antonio. Connor Brickley is one of the top rookies in goal scoring, while Michael Houser and Sam Brittain have been solid in net for the Rampage.
Andrew Miller and Brad Hunt are dangerous for Oklahoma City and will provide problems for the Rampage. Miller totaled 60 points in the league during the season and hunt finished seventh in scoring.
But like they say, all the stats and records go out in the window. The only thing that matters is what you do on the ice, and that starts on Thursday in Oklahoma City.