HEAT (29-16-4-3) vs. CONDORS (20-26-5-3)
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2019-20 Season Series: 6-2-0-1
2019-20 Heat Home Record: 13-9-3-1
2019-20 Condors Road Record: 12-13-0-2
Power Play – 49-for-193 (25.4%; 2nd)
Penalty Kill – 200-for-228 (87.7%; 1st)
Power Play – 37-for-204 (18.1%; 13th)
Penalty Kill – 188-for-223 (80.2%; 24th)
2019-20 Leading Scorers
Points – Quine (46)
Goals – Froese/Philp (18)
Points – Currie (39)
Goals – Currie (22)
Stockton looks to shake off the first two games of the homestand, falling 4-2 to San Diego last Friday and then dropping Saturday’s contest 2-0 to Iowa. The Heat are coming off their first goalless effort of the season. The Heat offense has gone quiet in the last five games, scoring just 10 goals. Last weekend, Luke Philp scored his 18th goal of the season, now tied with Byron Froese for the most on the club.
Bakersfield is limping into this weekend home and home series with Stockton having dropped their last nine games. Bakersfield has just one win since the All-Star break, posting a record of 1-8-1-2 in their last 12 games. The Condors are coming off back-to-back one goal losses, including a 3-2 home loss to Tucson on Sunday. Stuart Skinner has suffered eight straight losses in between the pipes for the top affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers. The power play is just four for 35 in the last 12 games, clipping at just 11.4%.
US VS. THEM
Stockton has dominated Bakersfield in the season series, winning six of the nine games, including wins in five of the last six games. The Heat have also won three straight games over Bakersfield at Stockton Arena, including a 4-1 win on February 1st. Both power plays have enjoyed high success rates, Stockton operating at 30.8% on the power play with 12 power play goals in the first nine meetings, while Bakersfield is 9-37, clipping at 24.3%. Nine of the 28 power play goals allowed by Stockton this season have come against Bakersfield.
Stockton and Bakersfield enter Friday night on opposite ends of the playoff picture with the Heat in the thick of a playoff race and the Condors holding the third-worst win percentage in the AHL. Teams two through five in the division are separated by just four points. Stockton sits in third place a point behind Colorado and two points clear of a playoff spot.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Heat – Adam Ruzicka
Adam Ruzicka has turned the corner in his rookie season, in a positive way. The rookie is finding his stride and earning more minutes on both the power play and penalty kill. Offensively he is finding his confidence too, recording points in eight of his last 11 games, posting three goals and nine points since Stockton and Bakersfield last met on February 1st.
Condors– Ryan Kuffner
Kuffner is the newest member of the Bakersfield Condors, after Edmonton acquired him in a deal from the Detroit Red Wings with current Oilers forward, Andreas Athanasiou. The winger has 10 NHL games under his belt and recorded nine points in 32 games with Grand Rapids prior to the trade. Kuffner recorded his first point with Bakersfield in his Condors debut last Saturday, an assist in Ontario. He authored a historic collegiate career at Princeton, graduating as the school’s all time leader in goals with 75.