The Bakersfield Condors (11-8-3-3, 28pts, .560, 5th place) host the San Jose Barracuda (13-16-1, 27pts, .450, 9th place) on Dignity Health Home Ice at Mechanics Bank Arena at 7 p.m. Bakersfield brings an eight-game unbeaten streak (5-0-2-1) into action.
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After their last two games were postponed this week, the Condors play just their third home game since Dec. 4 tonight. Their current eight-game unbeaten run only trails Lehigh Valley’s nine for tops in the AHL.
NORTH OF THE BORDER SWEEP
Bakersfield won three straight in Abbotsford last week, including a 4-0 shutout of the Canucks on Sunday. It capped a five-game road trip for the Condors at 3-0-2-0. The Condors have played nine of their last 10 games away from home.
MARODY PACES THE TEAM
Cooper Marody carries a six-game point streak into tonight’s contest. He has six goals and four assists during that stretch, including a three-point game last Friday to propel the Condors to a late comeback win. His 12 goals is t-11th in the AHL.
SHOOT THE PUCK
Raphael Lavoie has three goals in his last two games and it has come on the strength of shot volume. Lavoie has 12 shots in those games. Over his last seven games, he has six goals and nine points to go along with 29 shots, or just over four a night.
MERRY GO ROUND
Much like the rest of the American Hockey League, the Condors transactions page filled up this week. Markus Niemelainen and Olivier Rodrigue rejoined the team from Edmonton and Wichita respectively. Stuart Skinner was recalled by Edmonton and the Condors signed Matt McLeod to a PTO.
Bakersfield went 19/21 on the road trip shorthanded (90.5%). Overall, the team is 6th at 84.3%. San Jose has an offensive-minded PK, leading the league with eight shorthanded goals.
SCOUTING THE OTHER SIDE
San Jose shutout Tucson last night, 3-0. Sam Harvey stopped all 28 shots. The Barracuda have struggled opening games this year, being outscored 45-24 in the first period. Rookie Scott Reedy is third in the AHL in goals with 16.