The Bakersfield Condors start a three-game road trip and busy four games-in-six nights stretch tonight against the Stockton Heat. Bakersfield has points in four of six games against the division-leading Heat (1-2-1-2) including an overtime win 10 days ago.
NEED TO KNOW
PUCK DROP: 6:30 p.m.
Bakersfield: 24-15-4-5, 57pts, .594%, 4th place
Stockton: 34-9-4-1, 73pts, .760%, 1st place
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Bakersfield was shut out for the first time on Friday, 3-0 to San Diego. It was just the fifth time this season the Condors have been held to a goal or fewer in a game. Stockton scored 17 goals in three wins last week over San Diego and San Jose (twice).
The Condors currently occupy the fourth and final home-ice advantage spot in the Pacific Division playoffs. They begin the night eight points back of third-place Colorado, but have five games in hand. Abbotsford is a point back in fifth with the Condors having a game in hand on the Canucks. Click here for the latest playoff primer.
Vinny Desharnais leads the AHL at +30 and is six better than the next skater.
Stuart Skinner returned from Edmonton over the weekend. In the AHL this season, he is 11-2-4 with a 2.24 GAA and .919 save percentage. His GAA is third in the league.
When the Condors hold at least a share of the first intermission lead the team is 19-7-3-2 on the year.
Four of the six matchups in the season series with Stockton have gone past regulation.
Seth Griffith has 10 power-play goals on the season and is the third Condors player to reach double figures on the power play. Matthew Ford has the most single-season PPGs in team history with 12 in 2015-16 and Josh Currie notched 10 in 2017-18.
DOWN THE HALL
Stockton trailed 3-1 on Saturday and 4-2 on Friday, yet still managed to sweep San Jose in two games over the weekend.