HEAT (16-5-1-2) at BARRACUDA (9-12-0-2)
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2019-20 Season Series: 3-0-0-0
2019-20 Heat Home Record: 5-3-1-1
2019-20 Barracuda Away Record: 3-5-0-2
Power Play – 26-for-95 (27.1%); 1st
Penalty Kill – 91-for-105 (87.2%); 2nd
Power Play – 17-for-90 (18.9%); 13th
Penalty Kill – 69-for-91 (75.8%); 31st
2019-20 Leading Scorers
Points – Phillips (26)
Goals – Robinson, Philp (11)
Points – Blichfeld, Letunov (19)
Goals – Blichfeld (9)
Stockton rides a three-game win streak coming into tonight’s matchup, including yesterday’s 3-2 win over San Jose at the SAP Center. The Heat improved to 11-2-0-1 on the road with yesterday’s victory. Luke Philp opened the scored the opening goal yesterday, tying Buddy Robinson for the team lead in goals with 11. Philp now has a five game goal streak with seven markers in the span. In Matthew Phillips’ return to the Stockton lineup yesterday, following his NHL recall, the second-year forward scored his 10th goal of the year to extend his point streak to six games. Stockton earned the edge in special teams yesterday, getting a power play goal in the first period and killing off all four Barracuda man advantages. Artyom Zagidulin stopped 21 of 23 shots to collect his sixth consecutive winning decision.
San Jose remains winless in three matchups with Stockton this season, just a year removed from an impressive 10-win campaign against Stockton. San Jose’s three-game point streak snapped in yesterday’s 3-2 loss to Stockton. The Barracuda remain in last place in the Pacific division with just 20 points in 23 games. Lukas Radil, who cleared waivers yesterday, played in his first game of the year for the Barracuda, picking up an assist. San Jose never led in yesterday’s game, but they did have multiple opportunities in the third to force overtime, including a five-on-three power play with under six minutes to play.
US VS. THEM
The Heat have now won the first three meetings between the clubs this season, all three games resulting in a 3-2 final. Stockton has won three straight vs. San Jose 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. Yesterday’s win also marked the Heat’s first victory at the SAP Center in the last six games.
A Stockton lead this season has meant trouble for the opposition this season. The Heat boast an impressive 10-0-0-2 record when scoring first this season. Additionally, the Heat hold the same 10-0-0-2 record when leading after 40 minutes.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Heat – Luke Philp
There’s nobody hotter for the Heat than Luke Philp. Yesterday’s goal extended his goal streak to five straight games, the longest active streak in the AHL. Another goal in today’s contest would tie the longest stretch in the league this season. Over the last 12 games, Philp has tallied 11 goals, the most in the league during that span since November 11th.
Barracuda – Maxim Letunov
Letunov scored San Jose’s first goal of the game yesterday, confining his hot offensive run. The second-year pro has points in nine of the his last 10 games, good for three goals and 10 assists in that span. Letunov enters today tied for the team lead with 19 points.