The Bakersfield Condors (20-10-4-2, 47pts. .635%, 3rd place) take on the Abbotsford Canucks (18-15-3-1, 42pts, .553%, 6th place) on Dignity Health Home Ice at Mechanics Bank Arena. It is game six of a seven-game homestand for Bakersfield, who is 4-1 so far. Abbotsford has won four straight. Tonight’s game is presented by Energy 95.3 FM.
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Bakersfield is 4-0 so far in the eight-game season series with Abbotsford, winning on opening night in Bakersfield and three straight north of the border in January.
The Condors have scored at least four goals in 14 of their last 19 games. With that run, the team now sits eighth in goals per game in the AHL at 3.32. Bakersfield is one of two teams (Utica) that is top-10 in goals for and goals against in the AHL.
JUMP ON IT
Bakersfield owns a 12-3-2-1 (.778%) record in the 18 games they have scored the first goal of the game.
Stuart Skinner was loaned to the Condors earlier today by Edmonton. On Monday, he recorded his first NHL shutout, stopping 20 in a win over San Jose. He has two shutouts with the Condors this season. He is 8-0-2 with the Condors this season.
GRIFFITH CLIMBS THE CHARTS
Seth Griffith had three points (2g-1a) on Monday night and is t-4th in the AHL scoring race with 45 points (17g-28a) in 33 games.
Vincent Desharnais is +18 on the season, third among all AHL d-men.
The Condors penalty kill went a perfect 6/6 against the league’s top power-play unit in Ontario Monday.
Raphael Lavoie has continued his torrid pace since mid-December, notching a goal and assist on Monday. Since Dec. 17, the rookie has 20 points (11g-9a) in 19 games and is +17.
NOT LAST MONTH’S CANUCKS
Bakersfield will see nearly a completely different looking Canucks team tonight from the one they saw last month in British Columbia. Reigning AHL Player of the Week Jack Rathbone had 10 points (3g-7a) in four games last week. Sheldon Dries had six goals in four games. Goaltender Spencer Martin had three wins and a .910 save percentage.