GAMEDAY: BARRACUDA VS CONDORS (12-17-16)Dec 17, 2016
Game #20 – San Jose (10-6-0-3) vs. Bakersfield (10-9-2-0)
Saturday, December 17, 2016
7:00 PM PST, SAP Center, San Jose, Calif.
Tonight’s Matchup: The San Jose Barracuda battle the Bakersfield Condors for the fifth time this season on Saturday night at SAP Center. San Jose beat Bakersfield, 4-1, at home the last time the two clubs met on Nov. 25 and are 2-1-0-1 on the season against their Pacific Division rival.
The Barracuda are 7-7-0-2 all-time versus the Condors and 4-4-0-1 at home.
Timo Time: Shark’s 2015 first round pick Timo Meier made his NHL debut on Friday night in Montreal and scored his first NHL goal on his first NHL shot. In just 17 games played with the Barracuda, Meier leads the team in goals (9), which ranks fourth among all rookies in the AHL. Meier’s plus-eight rating was T-first on the team, and his 15 points (9+6=15) were good for third.
Troy Oh Boy: Troy Grosenick’s shutout streak extended to 181 minutes and 81 seconds of action with his second-straight shutout on Sunday. Grosenick leads the league in shutouts this season (4) and his tremendous weekend earned the fourth-year pro the CCM/AHL Player of the week honors. Grosenick is now 5-4-1 on the season, and his 1.98 goals-against average is fifth best in the AHL.
Feeling 22: The San Jose Barracuda have not allowed a power-play goal in their last 22 straight attempts and now rank second in the league on the PK (87.1%). The Barracuda also boast a top-10 power play (7th, 21.6).
Dazzling Danny: Since making his NHL debut on Nov. 21 versus New Jersey, Danny O’Regan has found the score sheet in seven of his last eight games and continues to pace the Barracuda in points (7+14=21). O’Regan ranks second in the AHL in points among rookies and is second on the Barracuda in goals, first in assists and T-first in plus/minus (+8). O’Regan had a five-game point streak from Nov. 22 to Dec. 4 and has two points in four games against the Condors (1+1=2).
How Swede It Is: Swedish blueliner Tim Heed added another assist on Sunday and is now 10th (6+10=16) in the AHL in points among blueliners despite playing just 19 games. Heed is first on the team in power-play goals (3) and leads all Barracuda defenders in goals, assists and is second in plus/minus (+7).
Beck Bumped Up: The Bakersfield Condors will be without the services of the AHL’s leading point scorer, Taylor Beck, on Saturday. The fifth-year pro has 30 points (9+21=30) in just 19 games for Bakersfield and is putting together a career season in his first campaign within the Oilers organization. Beck was recalled to Edmonton earlier this week.
San Jose’s Last Time Out: Troy Grosenick earned his second consecutive shutout with 26 saves on Sunday at SAP Center, and the San Jose Barracuda rolled to 3-0 win over the San Diego Gulls. Rourke Chartier (6), Ryan Carpenter (3) and Timo Meier (9) each scored in the victory.
Bakersfield’s Last Time Out: The Bakersfield Condors comeback attempt fell short on Friday night in Ontario. The Condors trailed 3-0 in the third but managed to get within a goal before falling 3-2 to the Reign at Citizens Business Bank Arena. Kyle Platzer (1) and Ryan Hamilton (9) scored for the Condors in defeat. Laurent Brossoit took the loss and Bakersfield’s six-game point streak was snapped.