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SAN JOSE BARRACUDA (11-14-1-0) vs HENDERSON SILVER KNIGHTS (14-7-2-1)
FRI, JAN. 7 | 7:00 P.M. | SAP CENTER AT SAN JOSE | SAN JOSE, CA
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Hey there, Henderson: On Friday, the Barracuda will face off against the Henderson Silver Knights for the first time this season on the eight-game season series and the first of two over the weekend. A year ago, the Barracuda went 2-5-0-1 against the Silver Knights in their inaugural campaign, with both victories coming in San Jose. The Knights eliminated the Barracuda in a best-of-three playoff series last May, 2-0.
Knight Light: The Silver Knights sit at third in the Pacific Division and fourth overall in the Western Conference entering Friday. They have points in six straight (5-0-1-0) and are 7-2-1-0 over their last 10 games. Henderson's power-play ranks eighth-best (20.4%) in the league and the penalty kill (83.6%) sits seventh overall in the AHL.
Sommer Time: After last Friday’s win, Head Coach Roy Sommer sits just one victory shy of 800 in his career. The Oakland, Calif., native has been behind the bench for 1,699 games in the AHL, going 799-693-48-160 (W-L-T-OTL/SOL) over that span. During the 2015-16 season, the Barracuda’s first in San Jose, Sommer surpassed Fred “Bun” Cook (636 wins) for the most wins in AHL history, notching a 4-2 victory on Feb. 10, 2016, over Ontario. Sommer collected his 700th win on Dec. 3, 2017, at Bakersfield (2-1 W).
Sparkling Special Teams: Despite recording just one PPG in its last five games, the Barracuda’s power-play ranks tenth in the league (20%) entering Friday and first on home ice (31.9%). On the flip side, San Jose's penalty-kill is last in the AHL (70.3%) but has gone 9-for-10 over the last two games. The Barracuda have been the most lethal PK in the league, notching an AHL-best six shorthanded goals this year.
Reedy Rolling: Rookie forward Scott Reedy, who was called up the other day to the Sharks, ranks first among all AHL skaters in power-play goals (8), first in shooting percentage (14/38=36.8%), and is tied for second in goals (14). Prior to turning pro, Reedy led the Minnesota Golden Gophers in goals the last two seasons. Reedy has four points (2+4=6) in the last five games.
Major Movement: Over the last handful of days the Sharks recalled goaltender Adin Hill, defensemen Ryan Merkley and Jaycob Megna, and forwards Nick Merkley, Adam Raska, Scott Reedy, Jayden Halbgewachs, and Jasper Weatherby. In a corresponding move, the Barracuda recalled forward Kyle Topping of the Orlando Solar Bears on Thursday.