The Bakersfield Condors (6-6-3, 15pts, t-6th) visit the Colorado Eagles (8-8-3, 19pts, t-6th) on Friday night at 6 p.m. PT. Bakersfield won the only other meeting between the two sides, 5-4 on Wednesday, Oct. 27.
GOOD TO BE BACK
It has been an interesting month for the Condors who have played just three games since Nov. 17. Over that span, six games have been postponed (two for weather, one for ice issues, and three for various COVID-19 protocols). Bakersfield’s 15 games are the fewest in the AHL.
Tonight is the first in a stretch of 11 out of 12 games on the road. Bakersfield will play 15 of their next 20 away from home through January.
LAST TIME OUT
Bakersfield scored twice in the third period on goals from Seth Griffith and Luke Esposito to gain a point in a 3-2 shootout loss to Ontario. Olivier Rodrigue made a career-high 32 saves in the effort.
Colorado earned a split at home in a 4-0 shutout of the Tucson Roadrunners. Pavel Francouz stopped all 27 he faced on Saturday night.
Brendan Perlini was assigned to the Condors earlier in the week. The 12th overall pick in 2014 has played 13 games with Edmonton this season. In his only other AHL stint, the Guildford, Great Britain native recorded 19 points (14g-5a) in 17 games with Tucson.
GRIFF STRIKES ON THE POWER PLAY
Seth Griffith’s five power-play goals is tied for the league lead. He is t-13th in league scoring.
OLLIE FINDING HIS GROOVE
Olivier Rodrigue stopped a career-high 32 shots on Saturday. He has allowed two goals or fewer in three straight starts.
ON THE OTHER SIDE
Kiefer Sherwood leads the AHL in shots with 75. He had a 1g-1a night earlier this season against the Condors. Dylan Sikura had a 1g-2a in the same game.
UP NEXT: The two teams close the weekend on Saturday at 6 p.m. PT.