SAN JOSE BARRACUDA (7-10-0-1) vs BAKERSFIELD CONDORS (7-9-2-1)
FRIDAY, NOV. 29 | 6:00 P.M. | SAP CENTER | SAN JOSE, CA
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Black Friday Matchup: On Friday, the Barracuda square off with the Bakersfield Condors (Edmonton Oilers) for the fourth time this season and the third meeting at the SAP Center. The Barracuda are 2-0 on home ice against the Condors this year and 14-7-1-2 all-time. Bako enters Friday 0-3-0-1 over their last four games while the Barracuda have collected wins in back-to-back contests.
Last Time Out: After a 9-3 loss in San Diego on November 13th, the Barracuda avenged one of their worse defeats in franchise history on Wednesday in San Diego, 3-2 in overtime. In the win, the Barracuda held the Gulls to just 16 shots and put 41 shots on San Diego’s Anthony Stolarz. After Jonny Brodzinski and Evan Weinger scored in regulation, Jayden Halbgewachs would net the game-winner in the extra session. The win snapped an 0-3-0-1 skid on the road.
Currie for Three: Condors forward Josh Currie enters Friday riding a three-game goal streak and is just one-of-two Pacific Division skaters with double-digit goals (10) thus far this season. In his career, Currie has appeared in 40 games against San Jose over five years, totaling 33 points (18 goals, 15 assists), including three of his six career hat-tricks.
Blichfeld Beasting: Rookie forward Joachim Blichfeld scored on Saturday and now leads the Barracuda in goals (7), second in points (13) and T-first in power-play goals (3). Among AHL rookies, Blichfeld is T-fifth in scoring, T-fourth in goals and T-third in power-play goals. Last year, Blichfeld led the WHL in scoring (53 goals, 61 assists) and was named the WHL Player of the Year (Four Broncos Trophy) as a member of the Portland Winterhawks. The Sharks selected the Denmark native in the seventh round of the 2016 NHL draft.
Maxed Out: Sophomore forward Max Letunov extended his point streak (one goal, seven assists) to a career-high five games on Wednesday and now leads the Barracuda in 14 points (five goals, nine assists) and co-leads the team with three power-play goals. The Sharks originally acquired Letunov from the Arizona Coyotes in a draft-day trade in 2016.
Youth Movement: The Barracuda are the AHL’s youngest roster with an average age of 22.72-years-old. No other team in the league is under 23-years-old. In fact, eight players on the Barracuda roster are 21-years-old or younger, including two players under 21 (Sasha Chmelevski  and Ivan Chekhovich ).