GAME PREVIEW: BARRACUDA VS HEATMar 10, 2019
San Jose Barracuda (30-18-2-4 .611) vs. Stockton Heat (25-26-4-1 .491)
SUN, MAR. 10 | 3:00 PM
SAP Center at San Jose | San Jose, CA
That’s a Wrap: On Sunday, the San Jose Barracuda and Stockton Heat wrap up their 12-game season series. San Jose is 9-2-0-0 against Stockton this year and 4-1 at home but are coming off a 4-1 loss in the most recent meeting on February 24 at the Stockton Arena. San Jose has outscored the Heat 47-to-33 so far in this season in the 11 previous meetings.
Home-Ice Advantage: Despite suffering back-to-back losses at home for the first time this season, the Barracuda still boast the AHL’s 12th best home winning percentage (.667) and second best in the Pacific Division. After Sunday, the Barracuda will have just six more home games on the 2018-19 regular-season schedule.
Gambo Goin’: Rookie forward Dylan Gambrell is T-10th in the AHL among first-year players in points (38), T-seventh in goals (16) and ninth in points-per-game (.95). The former Denver Pioneer is second on the Barracuda in points, second in goals, T-fourth in assists (22), and second in shots (116) despite playing in just 40 games. Gambrell has nine points (two goals, seven assists) in nine games against Stockton this season.
True That: Sophomore forward Alex True picked up an assist on Saturday and 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 (45), first in goals (20), T-second in assists (25), second in points-per-game (.83), fourth in shots (111) and first in game-winning goals (5). In 11 games against the Heat this season, True leads the Barracuda with 12 points (five goals, seven assists).
Dynamic Dezy: Barracuda blueliner Nick DeSimone ranks T-11th among all AHL d-men in points (35), T-ninth in goals (10), T-14th in assists (25) and T-12th 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 (9.65) have taken fewer penalties per game than the Barracuda (10.65).
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 (32.54). In addition, San Jose ranks 10th in the AHL in goals-per-game (3.26).