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San Jose Barracuda (23-8-1-3 .714) vs. Bakersfield Condors (20-15-2-1 .566)
MONDAY, JAN. 21 | 7:00 P.M.
SAP Center at San Jose | San Jose, Calif.
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Bak at it: On Monday, the San Jose Barracuda and Bakersfield Condors (Edmonton Oilers) connect for the fifth time this season and the third meeting at the SAP Center. San Jose is 3-0-0-1 this year against Bakersfield and 22-11-1-4 all-time.
Home Sweet Home: The Barracuda collected their second consecutive win on Monday and now boast the Pacific Division’s best home winning percentage (13-4-0-1 = .750) and the best home goal differential at +20.
500 in Teal: On October 26, Barracuda captain John McCarthy played in his 500th AHL game. On December 8, McCarthy skated in his 600th career professional game. And on Friday, the Olympian appeared in his 500th AHL game within the Sharks organization. McCarthy is the Barracuda’s all-time leader in games played (226), points (118), goals (52) and assists (66).
Hey Now, You’re an All-Star: The AHL announced earlier this month that Barracuda assistant captain Jake Middleton, winger Francis Perron, and goaltender Josef Korenar will all be heading to Springfield for the 2019 AHL All-Star Classic, which will take place on January 27-28. In addition, Barracuda head coach Roy Sommer will be the Pacific Division’s coaching representative for the AHL All-Star Classic.
Yo Joe: After Friday’s 40-save performance, 20-year-old rookie netminder Josef Korenar sranks second in the AHL in goals-against average (2.22), 10th in save percentage (.918) and is T-fourth in wins (14). Korenar is the third consecutive Barracuda goaltender to be named to the AHL All-Star Classic (Troy Grosenick ’17, Antoine Bibeau ’18, Josef Korenar ’19).
Bibs is Back: After suffering four-straight losses, Antoine Bibeau has won his last three games and has allowed just three goals on 89 shots during the three contests. Bibeau ranks T-sixth in the AHL in goals-against average (2.44) and is seventh in save percentage (.918).
Francis on Fire: Acquired from the Ottawa Senators in the Erik Karlsson trade, Francis Perron is T-first on the Barracuda in points (28), first in goals (13), T-third in assists (15), first in power-play goals (6), first in shooting percentage (27.7% 3rd in the AHL), T-first in game-winning goals (3) and is fourth in plus/minus (+13).
Hard Wood: Acquired in an offseason trade with the Arizona Coyotes, Kyle Wood leads the Barracuda in assists (20), first in plus/minus (+18) and is fourth in points (22). Wood was an AHL All-Star in 2016-17 and was named an AHL All-Rookie member after totaling 43 points (14g, 29a) with the Tucson Roadrunners.
True or False?: Sophomore forward Alex True collected an assist on Sunday and is now tied for the team lead in points (28), second in goals (11), second in assists (17), second in plus/minus (+15), T-second in power-play goals, third in points-per-game (.80), and T-first in game-winners (3). True finished second on the Barracuda in goals last season (15) as a rookie.