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SAN JOSE BARRACUDA (11-15-1-0) vs HENDERSON SILVER KNIGHTS (15-7-2-1)
SAT, JAN. 8 | 7:00 P.M. | SAP CENTER AT SAN JOSE | SAN JOSE, CA
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Hey there, Henderson: After falling 5-1 to the Henderson Silver Knights on Friday night, the two clubs will run it back on Saturday for the second meeting on the eight-game season series. The Barracuda are 2-6-1-0 lifetime against the Golden Knights' top affiliate, with their only two wins coming in the Bay Area a season ago.
About Last Night: John Leonard netted the Barracuda’s AHL-best seventh shorthanded goal of the year on Friday but it wasn’t enough as Connor Corcoran potted a pair of power-play goals and Pavel Dorofeyev collected three points (1+2=3). Jiri Patera improved to 3-0 on the season, making 27 saves on 28 shots, while Sam Harvey took the loss, lasting 40 minutes and giving up five goals on 22 shots.
Knight Light: After Friday’s win, the Silver Knights are now tied with the Ontario Reign with 33 points, good for the second spot in the Pacific Division. Henderson has points in seven straight (6-0-1-0) and is currently riding a season-long four-game winning streak. The Knights notched a pair of power-play goals on Friday and have now scored on the man-advantage in seven-consecutive games and nine of their last 10 (13/48). In addition, the Silver Knights have not allowed a power-play goal in four-straight outings.
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 1,700 games in the AHL, going 799-694-48-160 (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).
Spiky Special Teams: After going 0-for-6 on the power-play on Friday, the Barracuda are now zero for their last 26 on the man-advantage dating back Dec. 21. Despite Friday, the Barracuda still boast the best home power-play in the AHL (28.3%). On the flip side, the PK continues to struggle, giving up multiple power-play goals for the 10th time this season on Friday. The Barracuda do lead the AHL with seven shorthanded goals (7). When the Barracuda win the special teams battle this year they are 5-3-1, when they lose the ST battle they are 3-11, and when they tie, they are 3-1.
The Power of 3: When the Barracuda score 3+ goals this season, they are 9-3-1. When they score two or fewer, they are 0-12. When the Silver Knights score 3+ goals they are 15-1 and when they score two or fewer, they are 0-6-2-1.
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.