Feb 14, 2017

Game #43 – San Jose Barracuda (27-11-1-3) vs. Tucson Roadrunners (21-16-5-0)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

7:00 PM PST, SAP Center, San Jose, California


Tonight’s Matchup: The San Jose Barracuda and Tucson Roadrunners meet for the second of six meetings on Tuesday. San Jose beat Tucson, 5-2, on January 7 in the first ever game between the clubs. The Roadrunners have lost three in a row and are 2-7-1 in their last ten games. San Jose is riding an eight-game winning streak, five-game home winning streak and have the best home record in the Western Conference and the second best in the AHL at 15-4-1-1 (.762).

Best of the West: For the first time in team history, the San Jose Barracuda sit atop the Pacific Division and Western Conference. San Jose is riding a franchise-long eight-game winning streak and is second in the AHL at 27-11-1-3 (.690). Before this streak, the longest winning streak by a Sharks affiliate came in the 2014-15 season when the Worcester Sharks won eight in a row from January 4-21, 2014.

Yeah Buddy: Since joining the Barracuda in late January from the Binghamton Senators as a part of the Tommy Wingels trade, Buddy Robinson has four points (3+2=5) in just seven games including a pair of goals in San Jose’s 4-3 win over the Bakersfield Condors on Saturday night. In 40 combined games between Binghamton and San Jose, Robinson has 17 points (10+7=17), 20 penalty minutes and plus-ten rating.

Ryan Returns: After being recalled to the San Jose Sharks on Monday, and not appearing in a game, Barracuda defenseman Joakim Ryan was reassigned to the Barracuda on Friday and netted the overtime winner in San Jose’s 4-3 victory over the Bakersfield Condors on Saturday. In 41 games, Ryan has 26 points (6+20=26), 31 penalty minutes and a plus-19 rating. Ryan's plus-19 rating is fifth-best in the AHL.

Shining Star: Among rookies, Barracuda All-Star forward Danny O’Regan is second in points (14+25=39), first in assists, eighth in goals, and T-14th overall in the AHL in points. O'Regan is first on the Barracuda in points, second in goals and second in assists.

All World: Barracuda All-Star netminder Troy Grosenick matched a career high with his seventh straight win on Sunday and is first in the AHL in shutouts (6), first in goals-against average (2.04), first in save percentage (.932) and T-fifth in wins (16).

San Jose’s Last Time Out: The San Jose Barracuda made it eight in row as they topped the Ontario Reign, 4-1, at SAP Center on Sunday. Dan Kelly (1), Nikolay Goldobin (12), Nikita Jevpalovs (8) and Barclay Goodrow all scored while Troy Grosenick earned his seventh win in row after making 23 saves on 24 shots.

Tucson’s Last Time Out: The Tucson Roadrunners suffered their third loss in a row and their second against the Texas Stars, 6-2, on Saturday night at H-E-B Center. Christian Fischer (18) and Eric Selleck (4) scored for the ‘Runners but Adin Hill allowed six goals on 28 shots.

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