Game #63 Preview: Tucson vs. San Diego
By: Alex Kinkopf
April 01, 2017 12:37 PM
Game #63 – Tucson (26-29-7-0) vs. San Diego (39-17-3-2)
7:05 PM PST, Tucson Arena, Tucson, Arizona
Referees: #13 Chris Ciamaga, #42 Jake Brenk
Linesmen: ##75 Jim Scarpace, #59 Rob Fay
ONE MORE TIME: Tonight marks the 12th and final meeting with the Gulls this season, and San Diego’s sixth and final visit to Tucson Arena. The Gulls are playing the second of a three-game road trip. The Roadrunners are playing the final of a five-game home stand. Both clubs are coming off of a meeting Friday night in which the Gulls won 8-2.
HOME FINALE: The Roadrunners will play their final regular season home game tonight; the club is 17-13-3-0 when serving as the host team this year, although two of those games were played at Gila River Arena. The Roadrunners are 16-12-3-0 in 31 games played at Tucson Arena; can they go out on a winning note with a victory in front of the home crowd tonight?
PROJECTED LINEUP: The team did not hold a morning skate ahead of tonight’s game. There aren’t expected to be any changes made to the lines the team skated with Friday night, which are listed below. The club will likely skate with 11 forwards and seven defensemen for the fourth consecutive game. Adin Hill is expected to get the start in net.
LAURENT DAUPHIN – CHRIS MUELLER – JEREMY MORIN
MICHAEL BUNTING – RYAN MACINNIS – CHRISTIAN FISCHER
ERIC SELLECK – TYLER GAUDET – JOE WHITNEY
MITCH MOROZ – CONOR GARLAND
JARRED TINORDI – JAMIE MCBAIN
DAKOTA MERMIS – KYLE WOOD
DAVID MUSIL – DYSIN MAYO
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the teams’ previous meeting on Friday night, the Roadrunners fell to the Gulls by an 8-2 score. Jeremy Morin and Laurent Dauphin scored for the Roadrunners; Marek Langhamer and Adin Hill combined to make 22 saves in the loss. The Roadrunners are now 2-9-0-0 in their previous 11 meetings with the Gulls this season.
STRUGGLES VS. SAN DIEGO: The Gulls are the only Pacific Division opponent that the Roadrunners have not earned a win against on home ice this season. They are 0-5-0-0 against San Diego in five games against the Gulls at Tucson Arena, and have been outscored 26-8. Can the Roadrunners keep the Gulls from remaining undefeated in their home building with a win tonight?
MUELLER WATCH: With his assist on Laurent Dauphin’s second period goal Friday night, Chris Mueller registered his 58th point (15G, 43A) of the season. He is now two points shy of tying his single-season career-high mark of 60, which he attained during the 2011-12 campaign with the Milwaukee Admirals.
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: You can catch tonight’s action on AHL Live. Roadrunners play-by-play broadcaster Tom Callahan will have the radio call on AM 1450 KTZR, which can be listened to for free HERE. Callahan’s radio coverage of today’s contest will begin at 6:50 PM MST.