Game #28 Preview: Tucson at San Jose
By: Alex Kinkopf
January 07, 2017 10:29 AM
Game #28 – Tucson (15-8-4-0) at San Jose (16-8-1-3)
2:15 PM MST, SAP Center, San Jose, California
Referees: #19 Tim Mayer
Linesmen: #43 Steven Berry, #85 Steve Walsh
The Other Side: @sjbarracuda
SAY HEY, SAN JOSE: Today marks the first of eight meetings with the Barracuda this season, and the first of four visits to San Jose’s SAP Center. The Barracuda are playing the fourth of a seven-game home stand, where they’ve posted a 2-1-0-0 record thus far; they’re coming off of a 3-1 loss to the Milwaukee Admirals Friday night. The Roadrunners are playing the second of a two-game road trip; they’re coming off of a 3-2 overtime loss to the Stockton Heat on Friday night.
GET OFF THE SCHNEID: The Roadrunners have strung together three consecutive losses for just the second time this season. Can Tucson avoid setting a new season-high mark for back-to-back losses with a win this afternoon in San Jose?
LINEUP: Due to travel, the time of today’s game, and the quick turnaround following Friday night’s affair in Stockton, the Roadrunners did not hold a morning skate. Forward Laurent Dauphin was recalled to the Arizona Coyotes Saturday morning. Below is a shot in the dark as to how the team will align this afternoon. A final, hockey operations-approved lineup will be posted to today’s Live Blog 30 minutes prior to puck drop.
MARK OLVER – CHRIS MUELLER – CHRISTIAN FISCHER
GARRET ROSS – TYLER GAUDET – MICHAEL BUNTING
HUNTER FEJES – RYAN MACINNIS – CONOR GARLAND
LINDSAY SPARKS – TREVOR CHEEK – STEFAN FOURNIER
JARRED TINORDI – KYLE WOOD
DAKOTA MERMIS – JAMIE MCBAIN
BRANDON BURLON – DYSIN MAYO
TOUGH AT SAP: The Barracuda own the AHL’s fourth-best record on home ice this season, and are atop the Pacific Division in that category, posting a 10-3-1-1 record at SAP Center. 22 of San Jose’s 36 points in the standings have been earned on home ice. The Roadrunners come into the afternoon with a 6-5-2-0 mark in opposing buildings.
BACK-TO-BACK: The Roadrunners’ two-game set this weekend marks the eighth instance this season in which the club plays a pair of games in as many days. Tucson is 4-3-1-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets this season, and 4-2-1-0 in the second.
FORGET ABOUT IT: “Obviously if you have a bad game or if the team struggles, it’s nice to be able to wake up the next morning and get right back at it, you don’t have to think about it,” forward Mark Olver said on Wednesday in regards to the quick turnaround Saturday’s game presents. Can Tucson leave Friday night’s loss behind them and rebound with a win today in San Jose?
JUSTIN TIME: Following up on Adin Hill’s 36-save performance in the Roadrunners 3-2 overtime loss Friday night, Justin Peters will likely get the call in net this afternoon for Tucson. For Peters, it will mark his seventh start of the season; he comes into the day with a 3-3-0 record, posting a .859 SV% and a 4.19 GAA. Peters was pulled after 28:33 minutes in his previous start on December 30 against the San Antonio Rampage, where he allowed three goals on 16 shots faced.
FIRST TIME AROUND: Today marks the first meeting between the Arizona Coyotes’ and San Jose Sharks’ farm clubs since April 19, 2015, when the Portland Pirates (ARI) defeated the Worcester Sharks (SJS) at the DCU Center. Henrik Samuelsson (2G, 1A) led the Pirates in points scored that game; Christian Dvorak (1G, 1A) registered two. Louis Domingue made 14 saves in Portland’s victory.
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 tonight’s contest will begin at 1:45 PM MST.