HEAT (23-10-2-3) vs EAGLES (21-12-3-1)
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2019-20 Season Series: 3-2-0-0
2019-20 Heat Home Record: 9-6-2-1
2019-20 Eagles Road Record: 11-6-2-0
Power Play – 36-for-141 (25.5%); 1st
Penalty Kill – 144-for-164 (87.8%); 2nd
Power Play – 24-for-157 (15.3%); 23rd
Penalty Kill – 111-for-138 (80.4%); 23rd
2019-20 Leading Scorers
Points – Gawdin (36)
Goals – Robinson/Philp (15)
Points – Tynan (29)
Goals – Dries (15)
Adversity has hit the Stockton Heat, arguably for the first time this season. The Heat have a great chance today to rebound following three consecutive regulation losses for the first time this season. The Heat are just five points clear of the Eagles for second place in the Pacific Division, adding heightened importance on today’s matinee matchup. Stockton’s offense found the back of the net three times on Saturday, the first time they have done that in the last five games.
Colorado is 2-1 on their California road trip with one game remaining before heading back home for two games before the All-Star break. Colorado is one of the league’s best road teams, sporting a 11-6-2-0 record in the opposition’s building. The Eagles have points in seven of their last eight road contests. Scoring first remains the calling card for the Eagles, who scored first in Saturday’s win. Notoriously fast starters, the Eagles have owned the lead after 20 minutes of play 22 times on the year and have gone 18-3-0-1 in those contests, and the Heat have trailed through 20 minutes in five of the last six games.
US VS. THEM
The Heat dropped Saturday’s contest to Colorado, just the first regulation loss over the last two seasons on home ice. Stockton owns a 9-3-0-1 advantage in the all-time series. Colorado has points in the last three games vs. Stockton, including two victories. Both clubs have struggled on the man advantage with the teams combining for just four power play goals in five games.
Playing down a skater has rarely been a hurdle for Stockton this season, owning the league’s second-best penalty kill at 87.8%. The stingy penalty kill kept Colorado off the score sheet in three man-advantage looks, bringing the Eagles power play to just 2/23 (8.7%) in five games this season vs. Stockton. The Heat haven’t allowed a man advantage goal in the last five games, going 18 for 18 in that span.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Heat – Austin Czarnik
Czarnik’s ninth goal of the season on Saturday night unleashed the teddy bears onto the ice. The undersized forward also added an assist in the 4-3 loss, recording his sixth multi point game in just his 15th game in the AHL this season. Despite scoring struggles over the last few weeks for the team, Czarnik continues to provide consistency, potting three goals and three assists in his last six games.
Eagles – Logan O’Connor
O’Connor earned first star honors in Saturday’s game, leading the way for Colorado with two goals, including the game’s opening tally. O’Connor also provided a crucial screen on Dan Renouf’s game-winning goal with 58 seconds to play. The former Denver University forward is now riding a four-game point streak, scoring three goals and two assists in the span.