SAN JOSE BARRACUDA (8-7-4-2) vs. BAKERSFIELD CONDORS (17-11-0-0)
SAT., APRIL 10 | 6:00 P.M. | Mechanics Bank Arena | Bakersfield, CA
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Back in Bakersfield: The Barracuda kick off a two-game road trip on Saturday in Bakersfield, marking the fifth and final regular-season game between the clubs at Mechanics Bank Arena. The Barracuda are 2-2-2-1 versus the Oilers affiliate this year and are coming off a 4-3 win in the last head-to-head matchup on March 30.
Top of the Class: Condors forward Cooper Marody, who scored in the Condors 5-3 win over Henderson on Friday, ranks first in the AHL in goals (15), tied for first in plus/minus (+17) and second in points (26). Marody’s linemates, Tyler Benson and Ryan McLeod rank tied for third in assists (17) and tied for fifth in goals (11) respectively.
Maxed Out: Barracuda forward Maxim Letunov scored twice in the Barracuda’s come-from-behind win over Henderson on Wednesday, 4-2. It was Letunov’s first two-goal game since Jan. 31, 2020, and the second of his career. The Barracuda’s team MVP last year, now has three goals over his last three games.
Blistering Blichy: Despite not scoring in his last four games, sophomore forward Joachim Blichfeld still ranks tied for seventh in the AHL in goals (10) and tied for second in the AHL in shots (82). The second to last pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft is one of just three players from his draft class who were selected in the seventh round to play in at least one NHL game.
Head-to-head: The Condors enter Saturday fifth in the AHL in goals-per-game (3.48) and seventh in goals-against-per-game (2.87). The Condors also average the fifth most shots-per-game (33.00) and the eighth fewest shots-against-per-game (27.83). The Barracuda rank 24th in goals-per-game (2.81) and 18th in goals-against-per-game (3.38). The Barracuda are sixth in shots-per-game (32.90) and 14th in shots-against-per-game (29.62). After getting outscored 10-1 in the first two meetings against the Condors, the Barracuda have picked up a point in five-straight against Bakersfield (2-0-2-1). The Barracuda are 0-2-1-1 at the Mechanics Bank Arena this season and have no wins over its last seven road games (0-4-2-1).