Dec 19, 2018

San Jose Barracuda (16-3-1-3 .783) vs. San Diego Gulls (9-11-1-2 .457)


Pechanga Arena | San Diego, Calif.


Wednesday Night Rivalry: On Wednesday, the San Jose Barracuda and San Diego Gulls (Anaheim Ducks) connect for the third of 10 meetings in 2018-19 and the second matchup over the last five days. San Jose fell 4-3 at San Diego on Saturday in a shootout and hold a 1-0-0-1 mark against the Ducks affiliate. The Barracuda are 5-7-2-2 all-time in SD and have earned points in three straight games at Pechanga Arena dating back to last year.


Road Warriors: SJ boasts the Western Conference’s best road winning percentage (8-2-1-2 = .731) and have points in six-straight games on visiting ice. In addition, the Barracuda have a +14 road goal-differential which 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 (2.09) and best save percentage (.927) thus far this season. The 20-year-old rookie, Korenar, is first in the AHL in goals-against average (1.99), second in save percentage (.933) and is T-third in wins (10). Bibeau, the CCM/AHL Goaltender of the Month in October, ranks third in the AHL in goals-against (2.22) average and third in save percentage (.924).


Francis on Fire: Acquired from the Ottawa Senators in the Erik Karlsson trade, Francis Perron is first on the Barracuda in points (23), goals (11), power-play goals (5), shooting percentage (31.3%) and is T-first in plus/minus (+16). After scoring on Sunday, Perron has points (5g, 7a) in eight of his last 10 games including three multi-point games over that stretch.


True or False?: After recording just one goal over his first 13 games, Alex True has eight goals over his last 10, including six over his last six games. On Sunday, True recorded his first four-point (1g, 3a) game of his career and has 13 points (8g, 5a) over his last 10. True is T-first on the Barracuda in plus/minus (+16), second in points (18) and second in goals (9).


Gambrell Good: Rookie forward Dylan Gambrell scored for the third straight game on Sunday and has points in four consecutive games. Gambrell, who has points (3g, 4a) in seven of his last eight, is second on the Barracuda in points-per game (.88).


Hard Wood: Acquired in an offseason trade with the Arizona Coyotes, Kyle Wood leads the Barracuda in assists (15), T-first in plus/minus (+16) and is T-third in points. Wood was an AHL All-Star in 2016-17 and was named an AHL All-Rookie member after totaling 43 points (14g, 29a) with the Tucson Roadrunners.


Head of the Class: The Barracuda have allowed a league-low 51 goals this season and are first in the AHL in goal differential (+34).


Youth Movement: The Barracuda enter Wednesday as the AHL's second youngest team (24.5) only behind the Tucson Roadrunners. The Barracuda are comprised of 12 rookies and five sophomores.

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