SAN JOSE BARRACUDA (7-7-4-2) vs. HENDERSON SILVER KNIGHTS (18-4-0-0)
WED., APRIL 7 | 6:00 P.M. | Solar4America Ice at San Jose | San Jose, CA
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Walking it Back on Wednesday: On Wednesday the Barracuda and Silver Knights square off for the second time in as many days. The Barracuda fell 2-1 in a shootout on Tuesday and are now 0-2-0-1 against the Golden Knights affiliate this year. Wednesday’s game marks the second of 10 games at home in the month of April for the Barracuda and the fourth game on the six-game season series against Henderson.
If There is a Will, There is a Way: Wednesday will mark Barracuda general manager Joe Will's 500th game as an AHL GM. Will took over the Worcester Sharks in 2014-15 and has gone 252-187-36-24 over his career. Will first began with the Sharks in 1991 as a member of the team's scouting department.
Knight Watch: The Henderson Silver Knights boast the second-best overall winning percentage (18-4-0-0=.818%) and second-best road winning percentage in the league entering Tuesday (9-3-0-0=.750%). The Knights average 3.41 goals-for-per-game (8th in the AHL) and 2.09 goals-against-per-game (2nd in the AHL). Despite giving up 33.41 shots-against-per-game (3rd most in the AHL), the Silver Knights are 14-4-0-0 this year when getting outshot.
Top of the Class: Henderson rookie Jack Dugan ranks tied for ninth in the AHL in points (19), fourth in assists (16) and tied for second in power-play assists (8). His teammate Dylan Sikura is first in the AHL in power-play goals (6) and Knights’ defenseman Ryan Murphy ranks first among all AHL blueliners with 16 points (4+12=16). Logan Thomson, Knights’ rookie goaltender, the CCM/AHL Goaltender of the Month for both February and March, is tied for first in the AHL in goals-against average (1.71), first in save percentage (.950), first in wins (12), third in minutes played (841) and second in saves (455).
Ready for Reedy: On Tuesday, Scott Reedy make his pro debut and managed to score in round three of the shootout. The Sharks signed the 2017 fourth-rounder on Friday to a two-year, entry-level contract after he finished up his senior season at Minnesota. His Gophers were eliminated from the NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament on March 28, 4-0 vs. Minnesota State.