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SAN JOSE BARRACUDA (20-39-4-2) vs BAKERSFIELD CONDORS (33-21-5-1)
WED., APR. 19 | 6:30 P.M. | MECHANICS BANK AREAN | BAKERSFIELD, CA
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Road Wrap: The Barracuda conclude its 2021-22 schedule with three games on the road, beginning on Wednesday in Bakersfield and then finishing up with a pair in Henderson this weekend. The Barracuda are 3-5-1-0 versus the Oilers affiliate this year and 0-4 at the Mechanics Bank Arena. In the last meeting one week ago, the Barracuda were dealt a 6-3 loss at the SAP Center, despite entering the final period tied at 3-3. Dating back to the 2019-20 season, San Jose has dropped nine in a row at Bakersfield.
Major Movement: Touted prospects Daniil Gushchin and Gannon Laroque joined the Barracuda earlier this week following their junior campaigns. Guschchin has already signed his NHL contract and was assigned from the Sharks to the Barracuda on Tuesday, while Laroque has yet to sign an NHL deal but joins the Barracuda on an amateur tryout. In addition, the Barracuda recalled d-man Cole Moberg from Orlando of the ECHL, and signed forward Tyler Bird and defensemen defenseman Luke McInnis to professional tryout agreements after the Sharks recalled Santeri Hatakka and Thomas Bordeleau
Two More in Teal: The Sharks inked rookie d-man Nick Cicek to a two-year entry-level contract last Monday. In his first pro campaign, Cicek, 21, has recorded 23 points (five goals, 18 assists) in 50 games with the Barracuda.
Rough Road: After earning points in eight of nine games to start March, the Barracuda have now dropped its last 12 games after falling 4-3 in overtime against Abbotsford on Friday at Sharks Ice. The 12-game skid (0-10-2-0) is the longest in franchise history. During the stretch, the Barracuda have been held to just 26 total goals (2.16 goals-for-per-game) and have scored one or fewer goals five times. In addition, the team has given up 60 goals during the 12 games (5.00 goals-against-per-game). Entering Friday, the Barracuda are 19th in the league in goals-for-per-game (3.00) and 31st in goals-against-average (4.25).
Great Dane: Denmark native Joachim Blichfeld is at 24 goals and is just one tally shy of matching Barclay Goodrow’s franchise record for red lights in a single season which was set in the 2016-17 season. Blichfeld already set the club’s record for power-play goals (12) in a season earlier this year.
Lane Day: Lane Pederson notched a pair of goals in the Barracuda’s 4-3 OT loss to the Canucks on Friday and now has 18 points (9+9=18) in 19 games with the club so far this year. Pederson has also skated in 28 games with the Sharks, notching two helpers.
The Skinny: Condors’ goaltender Stuart Skinner is 4-1 against San Jose this year and 16-2 in his career. The Edmonton native made 21 saves in a 6-3 win over the Barracuda last Wednesday and has picked up wins in his last two starts versus SJ. Despite going just 2-3 in his last five starts, he ranks seventh in the AHL in goals-against average (2.34) and 13th in wins (18) and save percentage (.915).