GAME PREVIEW: BARRACUDA AT ROADRUNNERSMar 23, 2019
San Jose Barracuda (32-19-2-4 .614) vs. Tucson Roadrunners (28-23-5-2 .543)
SAT, MAR. 23 | 7:05 PM
Tucson Arena | Tucson, Ariz.
Tussle in Tucson: The Barracuda kick off a two-game weekend set in Tucson beginning on Saturday before wrapping up the eight-game season series on Sunday. The Barracuda are 3-3-0-0 against the Coyotes affiliate this season and are coming off a 2-1 shootout win on February 12 at the SAP Center.
Tucson Terrors: Including last year’s playoffs, the Barracuda have not scored a goal at the Tucson Convention in their last four games and have been shutout in five of the last six contests in the desert. During the recent struggles, San Jose has been outscored 22-to-four in those games. The Barracuda’s last win in Tucson came on March 21, 2018 (4-3 OTW) and current Barracuda assistant captain Jake Middleton scored the game winner. In the previous six games at the TCC, San Jose went 5-0-0-1 over the first six all-time meetings, outscoring Tucson at home 22-to-17.
Luck of the Irish: The Barracuda celebrated the St. Patrick’s Day holiday on Sunday by potting nine goals in a 9-0 win over the Colorado Eagles. The shutout victory was the largest in the AHL since the Toronto Marlies beat the Manitoba Moose on December 6, 2015, 9-0. In the win, Josef Korenar banked his fourth shutout of the season by making 31 saves and rookie blueliner Thomas Gregoire netted his first two pro goals and finished with the best single-game plus/minus rating in Barracuda history (+6). The nine goals were also a franchise watermark and the most since the Barracuda netted eight against Texas on November 12, 2016 (8-5 W). Seven different Barracuda skaters registered two-or-more points in the win that snapped Colorado's nine-game winning streak.
Real-Deal Radil: The Sharks assigned forward Lukas Radil to the Barracuda on Friday and in his first AHL action since November 18, the 28-year-old Czech born native, scored on Saturday before recording a goal and two assists on Sunday. In 32 games played with the Sharks this season, Radil has 10 points (six goals, four assists) and a plus-10 rating. Prior to his assignment, Radil had totaled just six points (one goal, five assists) in his first 11 AHL games.
Hensick Heating Up: Veteran forward T.J. Hensick collected his first three-point game as a member of the Barracuda on Sunday and his third multi-point game in teal. In 13 games with San Jose, Hensick has totaled four goals and seven assists. Over his 12-year career, Hensick has appeared in 643 AHL games, earning 579 points (170 goals, 409 assists) and 194 penalty minutes.
Frank the Tank: On Sunday, Francis Perron tallied for the second time in his last three games and now ranks second on the Barracuda in goals (17), points (40), fourth in assists (23) and second in power-play goals (7). Perron was included in the offseason deal that brought Erik Karlsson to San Jose from Ottawa.
Slump Buster: Jeffrey Viel and Jayden Halbgewachs each snapped lengthy goalless droughts on Sunday. Viel opened up the scoring at the 2:10 mark of the first and Jayden Halbgewach capped off the 9-0 win with goal nine. Viel was goalless in his last 16 and Halbgewachs in his last 18.
Joe the Wall: After Sunday’s blank sheet, Josef Korenar now ranks T-third in the AHL in shutouts (4) and T-10th in wins (20).
Dynamic Dezy: Nick DeSimone extended his point streak (one goal, three assists) to three games on Sunday and now ranks T-ninth in the AHL among defensemen in scoring (39) and T-sixth in goals (11). DeSimone is three goals shy of Tim Heed’s single-season Barracuda record for goals scored by a d-man (14 – 2016-17).
Quantity and Quality: The Barracuda rank sixth in the AHL in goals-per-game (3.37) and shots-per-game (32.60).