The Bakersfield Condors host the San Diego Gulls in the sixth and final matchup between the two sides on Dignity Health Home Ice at Mechanics Bank Arena. Bakersfield is 3-1-1 against the Gulls this season.
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Bakersfield: 24-14-4-5, 57pts, .606%, 4th place San Diego: 19-25-2-0, 40pts, .435%, 7th place
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GAME PREVIEW presented by Rodriguez & Associates
These two teams have not seen one another since Dec. 17, a Condors 5-1 win in San Diego. Both are .500 in their last 10 games with the Condors 4-4-2 and the Gulls at 5-5-0.
Luke Esposito became the third Condors player to reach the 200-game plateau in the team’s AHL era joining Josh Currie and Brad Malone. He has 11 points (2g-9a) in his last 12 games.
Dylan Holloway has seven points (5g-2a) in his last nine games, including goals in two straight.
Markus Niemelainen was signed to a two-year NHL contract extension on Thursday. The 23-year old has seven points (2g-5a) in 23 games this season and is +6.
Vinny Desharnais’ +31 leads the entire AHL and is 8 better than the next nearest skater.
Yanni Kaldis has 12 points (2g-10a) in his last 11 games. On the season, the second-year pro has 19 points (3g-16a) in 33 games.
Click here for an updated Playoff Primer. The Condors begin the night five points out of third place, but have four games in hand on the team they’re trying to catch, the Colorado Eagles. Seeds 3 and 4 get home-ice advantage in a best-of-3 first round series.
DOWN THE HALL
San Diego fell 5-2 in Stockton on Wednesday. Brent Gates Jr. scored his 8th of the year and Lukas Dostal turned aside 42 shots. The Gulls have a two-point lead on Tucson and San Jose for the Pacific’s final playoff spot.