BAKERSFIELD (23-23-4, 50pts, 6th) @ TEXAS (28-12-10, 66pts, 1st-central)
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GAME PREVIEW presented by Rodriguez & Associates
The Condors close the month of February with two games in Cedar Park against the Central Division-leading Texas Stars.
LAST TIME OUT
Bakersfield won its third straight and extended its home unbeaten streak to eight games with a 3-1 win over San Diego on Tuesday. Raphael Lavoie (17th) scored his fifth goal in two games.
FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME
Tonight marks the first trip to Cedar Park for the Condors since a January 2019 loss to the Stars. The team went on to lose their next road game in Colorado before rattling off 17 consecutive wins. All-time the Condors are 8-7-3 against the Stars and 3-5-2 in Cedar Park.
NO STOPPING HIM
Raphael Lavoie has scored five times in his last five periods and leads the team with 17 goals. Overall, the Condors have seven players in double figures in goals. Since January 1, Lavoie is fifth in the AHL in scoring with 22 points in 21 games and is second in goals with 13.
FEBRUARY IS FOR PHLIP
Noah Philp leads the Condors in February with 11 points (5g-6a) in nine games. He scored his 12th of the season, and second on the power play, on Tuesday.
With 22 games left in the regular season, the hunt for playoff positioning is in full swing. Since Jan. 1, the Condors have just five regulation losses in 20 games with a record of 12-5-1-2 (.675%). Tuesday’s win got the team back to .500 and into a tie for sixth in the division.
Bakersfield’s grind of 15 road games in 22 overall ends this weekend with two games in Texas. After the weekend, the Condors have a seven-game homestand and finish the season with 14 of the final 20 games at home.
The Condors have killed off 46 of their last 49 power plays (93.8%) over their last 12 games. The team is up to 10th in the AHL at 82.2%.
Yanni Kaldis (2g-2a) has points in four straight games while Tyler Benson (1g-6a) has points in six straight. Seth Griffith has six assists over his last three games.
Bakersfield’s power play has surged with nine goals on 21 opportunities over the last three games.
ON THE OTHER SIDE
Texas sits atop the Central Division and is 6-3-1 against Pacific Division opposition. Leading scorer Riley Barber has 47 points (23g-24a) in 49 games and is t-15th in league scoring. Goaltender Matt Murray is sixth among goalies with a 2.43 goals-against average. The Stars 3.66 goals a night is second in the AHL.
Bakersfield wraps up the weekend in Texas on Saturday at 5 p.m. PT.