San Jose Barracuda (30-17-2-4 .623) vs. Bakersfield Condors (35-17-2-1 .664)
SAT, MAR. 9 | 6:00 PM
SAP Center at San Jose | San Jose, CA
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Familiar Foes: The San Jose Barracuda take on the Bakersfield Condors on Saturday for third consecutive and since beating Bakersfield 4-0 on December 9, SJ has fallen in the last four straight games against Bako and are now 3-3-1-1 this season against the Condors.
Home-Ice Advantage: Despite falling 8-4 on Wednesday, the Barracuda still boast the AHL’s 10th best home winning percentage (.692) and second best in the Pacific Division. After Saturday, San Jose and Bakersfield will play just one more time in the regular season (Mar. 30 @ BAK).
Joe the Wall: In relief, Josef Korenar suffered his second straight loss on Wednesday but still ranks T-ninth in the AHL in wins (19), 10th goals-against average (2.51) and T-15th in save percentage (.911). Korenar is now 2-3 against Bakersfield with a 2.28 GAA and a .905 SV%.
Gambo Goin’: Rookie forward Dylan Gambrell is 10th in the AHL among first-year players in points (38), T-seventh in goals (16) and ninth in points-per-game (.97). The former Denver Pioneer is second on the Barracuda in points, T-second in goals, fourth in assists (22), and fourth in shots (113) despite playing in just 39 games.
True That: Sophomore center Alex True collected his team-leading ninth multi-point night of the season last Friday and the fifth multi-goal effort of his career. True is first on the Barracuda in points (44), first in goals (20), third in assists (24), second in points-per-game (.83), fourth in shots (108) and first in game-winning goals (5).
Dynamic Dezy: Barracuda blueliner Nick DeSimone ranks T-11th among all AHL d-men in points (35), T-seventh in goals (10), T-13th in assists and T-10th in power-play goals (4). DeSimone is just the fourth defenseman in Barracuda history to reach the double-digit goal mark and now ranks T-fifth on the team in goals, second in assists, fourth in points, and fourth in power-play goals.
Well Disciplined: Only the Rockford IceHogs (9.68) have taken fewer penalties per game than the Barracuda (10.70).
Lots of Rubber: The Barracuda put a franchise record 56 shots on net last Friday and now rank fifth in the AHL in shots-per-game (32.62).