The Bakersfield Condors and Abbotsford Canucks wrap an eight-game season series with a pivotal game for playoff seeding tonight at 7 p.m. Bakersfield is 4-3-0 against the Canucks this year, but Abbotsford has won the last three and has points in nine straight overall (8-0-1).
NEED TO KNOW
PUCK DROP: 7 p.m.
Watch the game live at McGarry’s Irish Pub (21+) on the corner of Calloway and Brimhall!
GAME PREVIEW presented by Rodriguez & Associates
Click here for an updated look at the playoff picture. The Condors and Canucks are tied for fourth in the Pacific Division. Both have a chance to pass Colorado for third in the division. In order for the Condors to secure a top-four seed, they would need to match or better Abbotsford’s point total this week. The Canucks play three times while the Condors play twice.
Stuart Skinner went 3-0-0, stopping 78 of 80 shots last week, including a 22-save shutout of Stockton. He now has five shutouts and eight overall in his Condors career. His .920 save percentage this season is tied with Laurent Brossoit (2015-16) for the best in a single Condors season.
STOP, HAMMER TIME
James Hamblin scored his 20th of the season on Saturday, becoming the fourth Condors play to achieve that milestone this season. It is the first time the team has had four players hit 20 in a single season.
CAREER HIGH FOR THE CAPTAIN
Brad Malone set new career highs in goals (14) and points (38) with a 1g-1a night on Saturday.
Bakersfield has not allowed a 5-on-5 goal in over 10 periods of game action. The team is seventh overall in goals against per game at 2.83.
MARODY LEADING THE WAY
Cooper Marody has nine points (3g-6a) in seven games against the Canucks this year.
Tyler Benson, who had a 1g-1a night on Saturday, has eight points (4g-4a) in his last 10 games during the month of April.
Adam Cracknell has seven goals and six assists for 13 points in his last nine games.
DOWN THE HALL
Abbotsford is on a season-best, nine-game point (8-0-1) streak. They recorded back-to-back overtime wins in San Diego and Stockton, both after trailing in the third period.