GAMEDAY: BARRACUDA AT HEATFeb 1, 2019
San Jose Barracuda (24-8-2-4 .711) vs. Stockton Heat (18-20-4-1.477)
FRIDAY, FEB. 1 | 7:00 P.M.
Stockton Arena | Stockton, Calif.
Cooled Off: The San Jose Barracuda enter Friday’s matchup against the Stockton Heat riding a five-game winning streak over the Flames affiliate and have won six in a row at the Stockton Arena dating back to last season. The Barracuda are 7-1 against Stockton this year and 30-11-2-1 all-time.
Before the Break: The Barracuda entered the AHL All-Star by earning three of a possible four points in a pair of games in Grand Rapids and are now riding a five-game point streak (3-0-1-1). San Jose shutout the Griffins 4-0 on Friday behind 29 saves from Josef Korenar and then fell 3-2 in a shootout on Saturday. The shutout win was San Jose's third shutout win of the year and was the first shutout loss for GR at home since November of 2017. Entering the weekend, the Griffins boasted the AHL’s best home winning percentage before San Jose’s 4-0 win on Friday.
Powering Up: The Barracuda made it six-consecutive games with a power-play goal on Saturday and have gone six-for-23 (26%) over the stretch. In addition, the Barracuda have killed off 12-straight opposing teams’ power-plays and rank fourth in the AHL on the PK (85.2%).
Sommer-Time: Barracuda head coach and Oakland native Roy Sommer is one-win shy of 750 in his AHL career. The all-time leader in AHL wins was the third Golden State native to make the NHL during his playing career that spanned three games with the Wayne Gretzky-led Edmonton Oilers and became the second Californian to score in the NHL on January 28, 1981, against the Montreal Canadiens.