HEAT (15-5-1-2) at BARRACUDA (9-11-0-2)
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2019-20 Season Series: 2-0-0-0
2019-20 Heat Road Record: 10-2-0-1
2019-20 Barracuda Home Record: 6-6-0-0
Power Play – 25-for-92 (27.2%); 1st
Penalty Kill – 91-for-105 (86.7%); T-3rd
Power Play – 17-for-86 (19.8%); 9th
Penalty Kill – 66-for-87 (75.9%); 31st
2019-20 Leading Scorers
Points – Phillips (25)
Goals – Robinson (11)
Points – Blichfeld (19)
Goals – Blichfeld (9)
The best road team in the AHL will storm an opponent’s barn for the 14th time this season today as the Stockton Heat head to San Jose for a matinee matchup. Stockton enters the game 10-2-0-1 on the year off of home ice, a perfect 7-0 in road games within the friendly confines of the state of California. The Heat have won back-to-back games coming into today’s showdown with the Barracuda and look to string together three-straight wins for the fourth time this season with Saturday’s contest. The Heat received a boost on Friday as forward Matthew Phillips was reassigned to Stockton, the Heat leading scorer returning to the club following a brief stint with NHL affiliate Calgary Flames.
San Jose has recorded points in three-straight games, owning a record of 2-0-0-1 in that span. The Barracuda come into today’s game in last in the Pacific Division, having been jumped by San Diego with a Friday night win, and the club will look to surpass the .500 win percentage on home ice for the season with today’s game. San Jose’s attack took a hit on Thursday as its leading scorer, Joachim Blichfeld, was recalled by the San Jose Sharks after recording 19 points on the year with six points (2g,4a) over the club’s last three games – a trio of multi-point efforts.
US VS. THEM
The Heat won the first two meetings between the clubs this season in a pair of one-goal wins, each finishing with 3-2 final scores. A win in today’s game would give Stockton its first three-game win streak over its Pacific Division rival since February of the 2017-18 season, a three-game spurt in which the Heat won a pair of home games with one win on the road – a split that a win today would match. Stockton will look to snap a five-game skid at the SAP Center, a stretch that dates back to October 21 of last season in a 3-2 win for the Heat.
The Heat have been great on the road this season. Well, to be more specific, the Heat have been the best team in the league on the road. Stockton’s 10-2-0-1 road record features a perfect 7-0 mark within California, the Heat looking for a clean road sweep of all Golden State opponents with a win on Saturday. Stockton is one of four AHL teams with double-digit road wins on the season, joined by Milwaukee (10-3-1-1), Tucson (10-3-0-0) and Providence (10-3-1-1), and the Heat own the second-best road goal differential with a plus-17 on the year, trailing only Tucson’s 53-35 differential. A win today would give the Heat six victories over seven road games, a stretch that Stockton has never before achieved in franchise history.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Heat – Luke Philp
There’s nobody hotter for the Heat than Luke Philp. Over the last 11 games, Philp has tallied 13 points with 10 goals in that time, including an active streak of six goals in Stockton’s last four games. The rookie forward registered a goal in Stockton’s last game against the Barracuda, the game-tying goal nine minutes into the third period.
Barracuda – Alexander True
True rides an active three-game point streak, with five points (3g,2a) in that span, into Saturday’s game and boasts at least a point in eight of the Barracuda’s last 10 games (4g,6a). True led San Jose in scoring against Stockton a year ago, registering 14 points (6g,8a) in 12 games, and he has a goal and an assist through two games of this year’s series between the clubs.