The Bakersfield Condors can secure a 2022 Calder Cup Playoffs berth tonight at 7 p.m. on Dignity Health Home Ice at Mechanics Bank Arena against the Henderson Silver Knights.
NEED TO KNOW
PUCK DROP: 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
PROMOTION: $2 Beer Night presented by Sunny 105.3 FM. Enjoy $2 Michelob Ultra and Bud Light Seltzer through the end of the first intermission. Tonight’s game is also the first without any COVID-19 mandates or restrictions, per the state.
GAME PREVIEW presented by Rodriguez & Associates
To clinch a playoff berth tonight, the Condors need any type of win coupled with a regulation win from the Rockford IceHogs.
Click here for an updated playoff primer. The Condors currently occupy the fourth spot in the division, two points up (with a game in hand) on Abbotsford. It is the final “home-ice” spot in the opening round of the playoffs.
MAKING THE DONUTS
Stuart Skinner stopped 23 on Wednesday for his fourth AHL shutout of the season. It is the second most shutouts in the AHL in just 25 appearances. He is third in goals-against average at 2.17 and fifth in save percentage at .923.
Dylan Holloway had three primary assists on Wednesday, his first three-point game as a pro. Currently on a three-game point streak, the 20-year old has six assists over that stretch.
Yanni Kaldis is on a three-game point streak with a goal and three assists in his last three games. His 19 assists are tied with Vinny Desharnais for the most by a Condors blueliner this season.
Seth Griffith became the third Condors player to hit 60 points in a single season with an assist on Wednesday. Tyler Benson holds the team scoring record with 66 points set in 2018-19. It is the second time Griffith has reached the 60-point plateau, notching 77 in 2015-16 as a member of the Providence Bruins.
Brendan Perlini has points in seven straight games (7g-5a) and goals in four straight (5g). In his 32 game AHL career, the 25-year old has 24 goals and 35 points.
DOWN THE HALL
Henderson received reinforcements on the off day as goaltender Jiri Pitera and d-man Daniil Miromanov rejoined the club from Vegas. Miromanov has four points (2g-2a) in five games against the Condors.