The Bakersfield Condors (16-9-4-3, .609, 39pts, 5th place) host the Colorado Eagles (21-11-3-3, .632, 48pts, 3rd place) for the first of two on Dignity Health Home Ice at Mechanics Bank Arena. It is the beginning of a season-long, seven-game homestand for the Condors.
TONIGHT’S GAME INFO
PROMOTION: $2 Beer Night presented by 98.5 The Fox, Michelob Ultra, and Bud Light Seltzer. Enjoy $2 beers through the end of the first intermission.
Bakersfield and Colorado face-off for the first of two on the weekend carrying significant strong play into action tonight. The Condors have just one regulation loss in their last 15 games, while Colorado carries a 13-game point streak into the weekend.
GRIFFITH NAMED AHL PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Seth Griffith had 18 points (6g-12a) in nine games in the month of January and received the AHL’s Player of the Month Award on Tuesday. He is the eighth Condors player to receive a monthly award. Currently, Griffith has points in 10 straight games and is just the second AHL player in seven seasons to have multiple double-digit scoring streaks in one season.
Tonight is the start of a seven-game homestand for the Condors. Bakersfield has played 13 of its last 17 away from home with just four home games since Nov. 17.
POWERED UP AT HOME
The Condors home power play is fourth in the AHL connecting on 13/50 opportunities (26.0%).
SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE
Colorado is second in shots per game at 34.08 while the Condors are 5th in shots against at 27.19.
RED HOT MATCHUP
Since the Condors last saw the Eagles on Dec. 11, the team has just one regulation loss in 15 games. Colorado’s last regulation loss came on Dec. 21 against San Jose.
With the NHL All-Star Break commencing, Stuart Skinner was reassigned to the Condors Wednesday night. He is 6-0-2 with a 1.96 GAA and .925 sv% with the Condors this season, including winning three straight starts in Abbotsford in early January.
HOLLOWAY FITS RIGHT IN
2020 first round selection Dylan Holloway has fit right in since returning from injury. Through five games, the Albertan has five points (1g-4a).
Tim Schaller has four points (1g-3a) in his last four games, on a line with Holloway and James Hamblin. The latter leads the Condors since Jan. 1 with seven goals in 12 games and is third on the team in scoring since the New Year with 11 points (7g-4a) in 12 games.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
Colorado rallied with three goals in the third period Wednesday to defeat San Diego. Dylan Sikura had a hat trick. He now has eight goals in his last eight games dating back to Jan. 1. Goaltender Justus Annunen is 10-0-1 with a 1.96 GAA and .928 sv% since Dec. 22 including two shutouts.