Mar 25, 2017


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Tucson Arena – Tucson, Ariz. (7:05 p.m.)


Tonight’s Matchup: On Saturday, the San Jose Barracuda and Tucson Roadrunners kick off a two-game weekend set at Tucson Arena. San Jose won both games in Tucson on Feb. 24-and-25 extending its then winning streak to 14 games. San Jose is 4-0-0-0 against the Roadrunners this season in four matchups. The Roadrunners have gone just 9-18-4-0 since Jan. 1, while San Jose has put together a record of 23-7-1-1.

Postseason Bound: After claiming the 16th playoff spot last season, San Jose became the first in the AHL to punch a postseason birth this year with a 3-1 win over Stockton last Saturday night. If the regular season ended today, San Jose would face the Bakersfield Condors in the first round of the Pacific Division playoffs.

Top Of The Class: The San Jose Barracuda sit atop the AHL with a .707 winning percentage. The Barracuda set a league long 14-game winning streak from January 25 to March 1 and a 15-game point streak from January 25 to March 4, sweeping the month of February with an 11-0 record. The Barracuda have points in 21 of their last 24 games.

Heeding Up: Among AHL blueliners, San Jose’s Tim Heed is fourth in points (13+36=49), T-fifth in goals, third in assists, T-fifth in power-play goals (8), T-fourth in game-winning goals (4) and is T-20th overall in the league in points.
Ryan Rising: Among AHL defenseman, Barracuda blueliner Joakim Ryan is T-ninth among AHL defensemen in points (8+29=37), T-fourth in game-winning goals, T-sixth in assists, and is sixth in the AHL in plus/minus (+23).

Dynamic Danny: On Friday Barracuda forward Danny O’Regan was reassigned back to the Barracuda. Among freshman, the All-Star is first in points (20+32=52), second in assists, sixth in goals, second in power-play goals (8), and is T-14th in points overall in the AHL.

Troy Trending: Barracuda All-Star netminder Troy Grosenick leads the AHL in shutouts (9), second in goals-against average (2.08), second in save percentage (.928) and T-second in wins (26). Before Wednesday, Grosenick’s last regulation loss came on January 20.

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