HEAT (22-7-2-3) at BARRACUDA (12-19-0-2)
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2019-20 Season Series: 7-0-0-0
2019-20 Heat Road Record: 13-3-0-2
2019-20 Barracuda Home Record: 7-11-0-0
Power Play – 35-for-129 (27.1%); 1st
Penalty Kill – 129-for-149 (86.5%); 3rd
Power Play – 24-for-133 (18.0%); 17th
Penalty Kill – 100-for-127 (78.7%); T-26th
2019-20 Leading Scorers
Points – Gawdin (35)
Goals – Robinson/Philp (15)
Points – Letunov (26)
Goals – Blichfeld (13)
Stockton looks to start the second half of the regular season the same way it ended the first, with a win over the San Jose Barracuda. The Heat have won five of their last seven road contests, earning points in six of those games, and Stockton has notched points in four of its last five games overall. The Heat are paced offensively by Alan Quine, who rides a five-game scoring streak into today’s game with a pair of goals and four assists over that span. Defensively, the Heat have conceded only seven goals over the last five games with a pair of shutouts.
After hanging nine goals on Ontario Wednesday, the Barracuda could not solve Artyom Zagidulin in Saturday’s matinee with 26 pucks on net in the contest. The Barracuda have dropped five of their past six on home ice and have yet to register a win against the Heat this season. San Jose got a boost prior to Saturday’s game with Joachim Blichfeld, the team’s leading goal scorer, being assigned prior to Saturday’s game with Lukas Radil getting the call up to join the Sharks.
US VS. THEM
There hasn’t been a single area of the season series that the Heat have not owned against the Barracuda. The record? Stockton leads 7-0. Special teams? The Heat are a dominant 28.6-percent on the power play. The Barracuda have gone just 2-for-35 on the man-advantage. Scoring aggregate? That’s 28-9 for the Heat. It’s also been more than 129 minutes since San Jose last lit the lamp against Stockton, with Jon Gillies and Artyom Zagidulin notching shutouts in back-to-back meetings with the Barracuda. Most recently, Zagidulin turned away 26 shots Saturday in a 2-0 win.
The Heat had a great first half of the season. Well, more specifically, they had the best first half in team history. Stockton set new highs in points (49), goal differential (plus-46) and special teams play, clicking at 27.1-percent on the power play and 86.6-percent on the kill. Additionally, Glenn Gawdin set a new franchise best for points through the team’s first 34 games, besting Andrew Mangiapane’s 33 set in 2016-17. The Heat will seek their eighth-straight win over the Barracuda in today’s game, which would be a new all-time longest win streak for either team in the all-time series.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Heat – Jon Gillies
Jon Gillies snapped Stockton’s shutout dry spell with a New Year’s Eve blanking of the Barracuda, a game in which he made 29 saves in a 4-0 win. Artyom Zagidulin followed suit, saying ‘nyet’ to 26 shots faced in Saturday’s 2-0 win. Gillies figures to play between the pipes with Zagidulin having played yesterday, and he’ll look to build on Stockton’s active 129:02 shutout streak against San Jose in Sunday’s game.
Barracuda – Sasha Chmelevski
Chmelevski was the last Barracuda player to light the lamp against Stockton, his goal coming with 9:02 remaining in the game on December 27 – a contest the Heat were leading 7-0 at the time of his goal. Chmelevski ranks second for San Jose with three points, a goal and two assists, in five games played against Stockton this season.