GAMEDAY: BLADES VS. CONDORSDec 9, 2018
Kansas City Blades (14-3-1-2 .775) vs. Bakersfield Condors (11-9-0-0 .550)
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9 | 5:00 A.M.
SAP Center at San Jose | San Jose, Calif.
Tonight’s Matchup: On Sunday, the Kansas City Blades and Bakersfield Condors (Edmonton Oilers) connect for the fourth of 10 meetings in 2018-19 and the second game of a home and home. On Saturday, Kansas City went seven-for-seven on the PK, Antoine Bibeau made 33 saves and the Blades earned their fourth consecutive win by topping the Condors 4-2 at Rabobank Arena.
Home Sweet Home: KC boasts the AHL’s best home winning percentage (7-1-0-1 = .833) and have won five-straight at SAP Center at San Jose. In addition, the Blades +16 goal differential on home ice is the best in the Pacific Division.
Dynamic Duo: Blades netminders Antoine Bibeau and Josef Korenar have combined for the AHL’s best goals-against average (2.17) and best save percentage (.925) thus far this season. Bibeau, the CCM/AHL Goaltender of the Month in October, ranks second in the AHL in goals-against (2.16) average and third in save percentage (.927). Korenar ranks third in the AHL in goals-against average (2.18), fifth in save percentage (.922) and T-5th in wins (8).
Francis on Fire: Acquired from the Ottawa Senators in the Erik Karlsson trade, Francis Perron is first on the Blades in points (20), goals (9), power-play goals (5) and shooting percentage (31.0%). Perron is just one goal shy of matching his career total of 10 set over his first 112 games in the AHL within the Sens organization. Perron has points in six of his last seven games, including three multi-point games. Prior to this season, Perron had just five multi-point games in career. In 2018-19, Perron has already registered six multi-point games.
True or False? After recording just one goal over his first 13 games, Alex True has six goals over his last seven, including four over his last three games. True who finished second on the Blades in goals (15) last year, is now second on the team in points (13) and goals (7).
Mac Attack: Blades captain John McCarthy scored for the third consecutive game on Saturday and now has goals in five of his last seven games. McCarthy is the franchise’s leader in games played (210) and goals (52).
Head of the Class: The Kansas City Blades have allowed a league-low 46 goals this season and are first in the AHL in goal differential (+27).
Youth Movement: The Blades enter Saturday’s game against Bakersfield as the AHL’s youngest team at 22.3 years old. KC’s current roster is comprised for 11 rookies and five second-year players.