Friday, January 20, 2017
7:00 PM PST, Valley View Casino Center, San Diego, Calif.
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Tonight’s Matchup: The San Jose Barracuda and San Diego Gulls meet up for the fifth time this season and third at Valley View Casino Center. The Barracuda are 2-1-0-1 against the Gulls in four matchups this season and 0-1-0-1 in San Diego. The Anaheim Ducks affiliate has won four straight and is 6-2-1-1 in their last 10, while San Jose is coming off of back-to-back wins and are 7-3-0-0 in their last 10.
Top Of The Class: The San Jose Barracuda sit atop the AHL on the PK (88.4%) and rank third in the league on the power play (24.6%).
O’Regan Rolling: Amongst AHL rookies, Forward Danny O'Regan ranks second in points (34), first in assists (23) and ninth in goals (11). He is 11th in the league overall in points and T-ninth in assists. He also ranks first on the Barracuda in points, first in assists and T-second in goals.
Heed Check: Tim Heed will return to the Barracuda lineup on Friday after serving as an emergency defenseman for the San Jose Sharks the last two games. Heed made his NHL debut for the Sharks on January 11 at Calgary. In his first NHL game, Heed logged 16 minutes and 29 seconds and registered one shot. The blueliner is ranked second in the league among defensemen in points (32) and second in assists (22). He is also fourth in goals (9), T-first in power play goals (6), and T-first in game-winning goals (3) among d-men. Heed is second on the Barracuda in points, T-first in assists, third in goals, first in power play goals and T-first in game-winning goals and is riding a team-long six-game point streak (2+7=9) from Dec. 28 to now and has points in 11 of his last 12 games (4+14=18).
Nikita Knocking: Second-year pro Nikita Jevpalovs is riding a career-long three-game goal streak and a four game point streak. The Latvian forward is on pace to double his goals from last season.
San Jose's Last Time Out: The San Jose Barracuda scored seven goals on Monday against the Bakersfield Condors and rolled to a 7-1 win in the final game of a seven-game home stand. Nikita Jevpalovs (6), Adam Helewka (9), Ryan Carpenter (8), Marcus Sorensen (10, 11), Barclay Goodrow (12) and John McCarthy all scored, and Mantas Armalis made 22 saves to earn his third straight win.
San Diego’s Last Time Out: The San Diego Gulls swept their Midwest swing by topping the Iowa Wild 3-1 on Monday night. Antoine Laganiere (7, 8) scored twice, and Brandon Montour (11) also tallied while Jhonas Enroth made 22 saves to earn his third win as a Gull’.