SAN JOSE BARRACUDA (10-9-4-2) vs TEXAS STARS (12-13-2-0)
FRI., APRIL 16 | 6:00 P.M. | SAP Center at San Jose | San Jose, CA
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Texas Two-Step: The Barracuda and Texas Stars (Dallas Stars) face off for the fifth time this season and the third time over the last three days. After a 4-2 win on Wednesday, the Barracuda are now 11-6-1-2 lifetime against the Stars and are 7-2-0-1 in San Jose.
Shining Stars: Stars forwards Adam Mascherin (15+14=29) and Riley Damiani (6+19=25) rank tied for second and tied for sixth respectively in the AHL in scoring entering Wednesday. Mascherin picked up a pair of goals and added an assist in the Stars win on Tuesday and now sits only two points shy of Cooper Marody for the AHL’s lead in goals. Damiani’s 19 helpers is third in the league. Among rookies, Damiani is first in points and assists and Stars first-round pick in 2019 Thomas Harley is tied for fifth in points among defensemen (5+9=14), first in minors (12) and third in shots (52).
Maxed Out: Barracuda forward Maxim Letunov scored twice on Wednesday and now has goals (7) in five of his last seven games. Letunov is second on the team in goals (9) and in power-play goals (2). A season ago, Letunov was the team’s MVP as he collected a team-best 40 points (12+28=40) in 50 games.
Sizzling Sash: Barracuda forward Sasha Chmelevski extended his point streak to four games (3+3=6) on Wednesday with an assist and now has points in five of his last six games.
First Times the Charm: Rookie defenseman Brinson Pasichnuk and rookie forward Scott Reedy each scored their first pro goals on Sunday in the Barracuda’s 5-1 win over Ontario. The Sharks signed Pasichnuk as an undrafted free agent this offseason from Arizona State. Reedy just finished his senior season at Minnesota and joined the Barracuda on Tuesday after signing his entry-level contract the previous Friday.
Trade Winds: The Sharks were wheeling and dealing before the NHL’s trade deadline on Monday, as the organization stockpiled draft capital and added a pair of players. Notable departures were forward Antti Suomela who was traded to Toronto for Alex Barabanov, Stefan Noeson who was also traded to Toronto in a separate deal, and Nick DeSimone who was sent to Vegas. The Sharks also traded Fredrik Claesson to the Lightning for goalie prospect Magnus Chrona. DeSimone ranks fourth in Barracuda history in games played (190), points (91), and assists (65).