Feb 10, 2024

SAN JOSE BARRACUDA (14-22-8-0, 36 pts.) vs. BAKERSFIELD CONDORS (22-13-2-2, 48 pts.)

SAT, FEB. 10 | 6:00 P.M. | Tech CU Arena | San Jose, CA



Reef Return: After a 3-2 overtime loss on Friday, the Barracuda return home on Saturday for the second game of a road and home against the Bakersfield Condors (Edmonton Oilers). Saturday marks the second of three games against the Condors over the next five to close out the eight-game season series. The Barracuda are 2-3-1-0 against the Condors this season and 1-2 at home. In the last meeting in San Jose, on Jan. 24, the Barracuda dealt Bakersfield a 5-3 loss after falling behind by two in the first period.


Last Time Out: The Barracuda outshot the Condors 42-19 on Friday night at the Mechanics Bank Arena but would take a penalty 13 seconds into overtime and fall, 3-2. After the loss, the Barracuda are now 0-8 in overtime this season. Oskar Lindblom and Artem Guryev scored San Jose’s only two goals, while Olivier Rodrigue made 40 stops en-route to the game’s first star. All-Star Rafael Lavoie scored twice on the PP and is now T-second in the league in man-advantage goals (9).  


Oh No, OT: The Barracuda dropped their league-leading eighth overtime game of the season on Friday and have now matched the franchise’s record for OT losses in a campaign that was set in 2015-16, the club’s inaugural year. Of the eight losses, four of them have come while on the PK.


Cuda Check: The Barracuda have tightened up defensively over its last six games, holding its opponents to three or fewer goals in all six, and have gone 3-2-1-0 during the stretch. Over its last two games, the Barracuda have given up just 41 combined shots, but have fallen in both by a final score of 3-2. San Jose is 31st in the league in goals-against average (3.64) and 16th in goals for (3.09). The Barracuda, who gave up a pair of power-play goals on Friday, have now allowed multiple power-play goals in 15 of its 44 games this season and rank 31st in the league on the penalty kill (74.4). SJ has allowed a PPG in 30 of its 44 games this season and have gone 9-15-6-0 when doing so.  


Lone Star: Shakir Mukhamadullin helped lead Team Pacific to an AHL All-Star Challenge victory on Monday at Tech CU Arena in San Jose. Mukhamadullin, who made his NHL debut on Jan. 27 against Buffalo, has skated in three games with the Sharks this season, recording his first NHL assist on Jan. 31 at Anaheim. In the AHL, among league defenders, the six-foot-four, 190-pounder, who was originally selected by New Jersey in the 2020 NHL Draft (first round, 20th overall), is seventh in assists (21) and power-play assists (9), and eighth in scoring (26). On Cuda, he is first in power-play assists and power-play points (10), T-third in assists, fifth in scoring, and sixth in shots (76).


Baking Condors: Since Jan. 1, the Condors are 10-3-1-0 over its last 14 games and have won three in a row. Olivier Rodrigue, who made 40 saves on Friday, has won his last two and is fifth in the AHL in save percentage (.922). Jack Campbell, the other half of the Condors tandem in net, made 36 saves a week ago in in his last action, collecting 2-1 win at Texas, and has now picked up victories in six of his last seven. Bakersfield has played a league-low 39 games and boasts the Pacific Division’s third-best winning percentage (.615). The Condors rank sixth in the AHL on the power play (21.9), having scored on the advantage in its last four games (5/13=38%), but stand at 27th on the penalty kill (78.7%). The Condors are 12th in the AHL in scoring (3.15) and sixth in goals against (2.79).

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