Tuesday, March 14, 2017
7:00 PM PST, SAP Center, San Jose, Calif.
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Tonight’s Matchup: On Tuesday, The San Jose Barracuda and Bakersfield Condors battle for the 11th time this season and fifth time at Rabobank Arena. San Jose is 7-2-1 against the Condors this season and 2-2-0 at Rabobank Arena. Both of San Jose’s wins in Bakersfield have come in overtime. If the regular season ended today, the Barracuda and Condors would be the Pacific Division’s one-vs.-four matchup.
League Leader: The San Jose Barracuda sit atop the AHL with a .722 winning percentage. The Barracuda set a league long 14-game winning streak from January 25 to March 1 and a 15-game point streak from January 25 to March 4, sweeping the month of February with an 11-0 record. The Barracuda have points in 19 of their last 20 games and have gone 21-5-1-1 since January 1.
Road Warriors: The San Jose Barracuda hold the best road winning percentage in the AHL at .648 (16-8-1-2). The Barracuda won ten straight games on the road from Jan. 25 to March 4.
Feed Heed: On Monday, the San Jose Sharks recalled Barracuda defenseman Tim Heed. Among AHL blueliners, Heed is third in points (12+34=46), eighth in goals, second in assists, T-fifth in power-play goals (7), T-second in game-winning goals (4) and is T-20th overall in the league in points. Heed has points in ten of his last 12 games.
Straight To The Banc: Rookie forward Kevin Labanc has spent the majority of his freshman season in the NHL with the San Jose Sharks. In 49 games with San Jose (NHL), the former Barrie Colt’ totaled 22 points (7+12=19), 22 penalty minutes and a plus-nine rating. In 13 games for the Barracuda, Labanc has 18 points (6+13=18), 20 penalty minutes and a plus-seven rating. The Staten Island, New York, native led the OHL in scoring last season with 127 points (39+88=127).
Ryan Rising: Among AHL defenseman, Barracuda blueliner Joakim Ryan is T-11th in points (7+27=34), eighth in assists, and is T-second in the AHL in plus/minus (+28).
Dynamic Danny: On Sunday, Danny O’Regan became just the 10th player in the AHL this season to reach 50 points. Among rookies, O’Regan is first in points (19+31=50), first in assists, T-fourth in goals, T-second in power-play goals (7), and is T-eighth in points overall in the AHL. Over his last four games, the Boston University product has three goals, two assists, two game winners and a shootout winner.
Troy Trending: Barracuda All-Star netminder Troy Grosenick collected his second consecutive shutout on Sunday. The fourth-year pro out of Union College leads the AHL in shutouts (9), goals-against average (2.03), second in save percentage (.930) and T-second in wins (24). Grosenick’s last regulation loss came in San Diego on January 20.
San Jose’s Last Time Out: The San Jose Barracuda earned some breathing room in the Pacific Division standings with a 3-0 win over the San Diego Gulls at SAP Center on Sunday afternoon. Troy Grosenick made 25 saves to claim his second-straight shutout, and Danny O’Regan (19), Buddy Robinson (12) and Barclay Goodrow (19) all tallied in the victory.
Bakersfield’s Last Time Out: The Bakersfield Condors suffered their second consecutive loss to the Stockton Heat on Saturday night, falling 3-2 at Rabobank Arena. Jaedon Descheneau (1) and Jordan Oesterle (5) scored for the Condors but Jonas Gustavsson allowed three goals on 31 shots and suffered the loss.