GAMEDAY: BARRACUDA AT MOOSE (2-4-17)Feb 4, 2017
Game #38 – San Jose Barracuda (23-11-1-3) vs. Manitoba Moose (18-21-3-2)
Saturday, February 4, 2017
5:00 PM PST, MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Tonight’s Matchup: The Barracuda and Moose battle for the second time in as many nights as San Jose looks for the weekend sweep and its fifth straight win. The Barracuda are 7-4-1 all-time against Central Division teams and 3-1-0 this year. The Moose are .500 (9-9-2-1) at MTS Centre during the campaign while San Jose is on a franchise-long four-game road winning streak and is now 10-7-0-2 away from SAP Center. Saturday’s tilt marks the final game of a season-long seven game road trip.
Sparkling Special Teams: On Friday, for the first time this season the Barracuda were perfect on special teams. San Jose went 3-for-3 on the power play, and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill and are now ranked third in the AHL on the man advantage (24.0%) and second on the kill (86.6%).
Shining Star: Danny O’Regan scored three times in Monday’s AHL All-Star Classic in Lehigh Valley and among rookies, the former Boston University product is now second in points (13-24-37), first in assists, T-seventh in goals, and 13th overall in the AHL in points. O'Regan is first on the Barracuda in points, second in goals and second in assists.
All World: Barracuda All-Star netminder Troy Grosenick is riding a season-long four game winning streak and is first in the AHL in shutouts (6), T-first in goals-against average (2.05) and is first in save percentage (.930). Last Friday, Grosenick made a season-high 43 saves to earn a 4-1 win over the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Heed Check: Earlier this week, Barracuda defenseman Tim Heed was recalled to the San Jose Sharks as an additional defenseman. Before his recall, Heed had points (4+9=13) in nine of his last ten games and among AHL defenseman, the 26-year-old is third in points (11+25=36), fourth in goals, T-first in assists, T-second in power-play goals (7), T-first in game-winning goals (4) and is T-16th in points among all skaters. Heed is second on the Barracuda in points, first in assists, and fourth in goals.
Really Good: Barclay Goodrow netted his team-leading 15th goal in San Jose’s 4-1 win over Manitoba on Friday and now has goals in three straight games and four of his last five. Goodrow is fifth on the Barracuda in points (15+8=23), T-first in shorthanded goals (2) and has San Jose’s lone hat trick this season (11/11/16 at TEX).
Pure Gold: After tying for the team lead in goals (22) in his rookie season in 2015-16, Nikolay Goldobin is finding his scoring touch as of late. The former first rounder has four goals in his last three games and points in his last four straight contests. Goldobin is third on the Barracuda in points (11+20=31), T-fourth in goals, third in assists and is fifth in power play goals (3).
Last Time Out: The San Jose Barracuda matched a season high with three power-play goals and earned a franchise-high fourth straight road win by beating the Manitoba Moose, 4-1, at MTS Centre on Friday night.
Troy Grosenick made 25 saves, while Nikolay Goldobin (11) and Barclay Goodrow (15) extended their goal streaks to three. In the third, John McCarthy (8, 9) cashed in on a pair of power plays.