HEAT (9-3-1-2) vs. CONDORS (7-7-1-0)
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2019-20 Season Series: 2-1-0-1
2019-20 Heat Road Record: 5-1-0-1
2019-20 Condors Home Record: 2-4-1-0
Power Play – 18-for-62 (29.0%); 2nd
Penalty Kill – 64-for-74 (86.5%); 9th
Power Play – 13-for-72 (18.1%); 13th
Penalty Kill – 53-for-63 (84.1%); 12th
2019-20 Leading Scorers
Points – Phillips (15)
Goals – Robinson/Froese (8)
Points – Malone (14)
Goals – Currie (7)
The Heat look to continue their winning ways on the road, entering the season-long five-game road stretch, which starts today against the Bakersfield Condors, with a 5-1-0-1 mark away from Stockton Arena. Justin Kirkland played hero last time out for the Calgary Flames’ AHL affiliate, scoring the game-winning goal on Saturday against the San Jose Barracuda, but the Heat will be sending a different-looking lineup over the boards than what was anticipated prior to last weekend’s pair of contests on home ice. Over the past week, the Heat have seen Oliver Kylington, Dillon Dube, Zac Rinaldo, Alexander Yelesin and Tobias Rieder depart for Calgary and Tyler Parsons head to ECHL Kansas City while he rehabs from an injury that cost him the first stretch of the season with Stockton. Reinforcements came just prior to the road trip, with Alan Quine joining the Heat from Calgary and Zach Osburn being recalled to Stockton from Kansas City.
The 2018-19 Pacific Division champions have yet to find their stride this season, coming into today’s game with a .500 point percentage and sitting fifth in the seven-team cluster. Bakersfield has been unable to string wins together on the young season, entering Thursday’s game in search of the club’s second-straight win – which would match the team’s season-long win streak, which occurred the first weekend of November against the Ontario Reign. The Condors will also look to break a tough trend on home ice, the AHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers entering today’s game 2-4-1-0 at Mechanics Bank Arena on the season. The Condors are led offensively by Brad Malone, who enters today’s game on a point-per-game clip (4g,10a), and are back-ended by Stuart Skinner, who has occupied the blue paint for Bakersfield in 11 games, winning six.
US VS. THEM
Advantage: road team. Through four meetings this season, there’s been one common thread – the road team comes out on top. Stockton has won both meetings at Mechanics Bank Arena, outscoring the Condors 10-6 in those games, while Bakersfield has won both meetings on the Heat’s home ice, one of which coming in a shootout. Looking at the special teams battle, both teams have outperformed their season averages for the season during this series – the Heat clicking at an impressive 31.3-percent (5-for-16) and the Condors at 21.1-percent (4-for-19). The Heat have earned at least a point in three-straight meetings with the Condors, the first such streak since November of 2017.
Stockton prepares to hit the season-long five-game road trip over the next two weeks looking to build on two of the team’s strengths: road play and games against every team besides the Tucson Roadrunners. The Heat are in second in the Pacific Division, trailing only Tucson, while boasting a record of 9-1-0-1 against all non-Roadrunners clubs. The lone team to knock off the Heat in regulation of the non-Tucson group was Bakersfield, which raced out to a 4-0 lead on Oct. 15 en route to a 6-2 win. Over these next two weeks the Heat will face Bakersfield, San Diego, Ontario and Colorado – three buildings that the team has already found success in and the first matchup with the season against the Reign.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Heat – Luke Philp
Rookie forward Luke Philp has officially discovered his scoring touch. After starting his professional career with 10 scoreless games, he has totaled four points in Stockton’s last three games, including three goals. More impressive than the point total is the timeliness of his scores, including the game-winning goal against the San Diego Gulls last Monday and the game-tying goal on Saturday against the San Jose Barracuda.
Condors – Joe Gambardella
Winger Joe Gambardella enters today’s game seventh on the year in scoring for a Bakersfield club that is ranked 20th in the AHL in scoring, but he’s found a way to make an impact against Stockton in all three meetings in which he’s played. He’s scored a pair of goals – each in winning efforts for Bakersfield over Stockton – and added a pair of assists in the Heat’s 6-3 win at Bakersfield on Oct. 19.