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San Jose Barracuda (13-3-1-2 .763) vs. Bakersfield Condors (11-8-0-0 .579)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8 | 7:00 A.M.
Rabobank Arena | Bakersfield, Calif.
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Back in Bako: On Saturday, the San Jose Barracuda and Bakersfield Condors (Edmonton Oilers) connect for the third of 10 meetings in 2018-19 and the first since October 10. In two previous matchups against the Condors this season, San Jose is 1-0-0-1 and 1-0 at Rabobank Arena. The Barracuda beat Bakersfield 5-1 in Bako back on October 6. The Barracuda enter Saturday’s meeting riding a three-game winning streak and a six-game point streak.
Road Warriors: The Barracuda boast the Western Conference’s best road winning percentage (6-2-1-1 = .700) and have collected points in their last three road contests. In addition, San Jose’s +9 goal differential on road ice is the best in the Pacific Division.
Dynamic Duo: Barracuda netminders Antoine Bibeau and Josef Korenar have combined for the AHL’s best goals-against average (2.18) and best save percentage (.924) thus far this season. Bibeau, the CCM/AHL Goaltender of the Month in October, ranks T-second in the AHL in goals-against (2.18) average and fifth in save percentage (.925). Korenar is T-second in the AHL in goals-against average (2.18), fifth in save percentage (.922) and T-5th in wins (8).
Francis on Fire: Acquired from the Ottawa Senators in the Erik Karlsson trade, Francis Perron is first on the Barracuda in points (20), goals (9), power-play goals (5) and shooting percentage (31.0%). Perron is just one goal shy of matching his career total of 10 set over his first 112 games in the AHL within the Sens organization. Perron has points in five of their last six games, including three multi-point games. Prior to this season, Perron had just five multi-point games in career. In 2018-19, Perron has already registered six multi-point games.
True or False? After recording just one goal over his first 13 games, Alex True has five goals over his last six, including three over his last two games. True who finished second on the Barracuda in goals (15) last year, is now T-second on the team in points (12) and goals (6).
Head of the Class: The San Jose Barracuda have allowed a league-low 44 goals this season and are first in the AHL in goal differential (+25).
Youth Movement: The San Jose Barracuda enter Saturday’s game against Bakersfield as the AHL’s youngest team at 22.3 years old. San Jose’s current roster is comprised for 11 rookies and five second-year players.