Game #43 Preview: Tucson at San Jose
By: Alex Kinkopf
February 14, 2017 12:37 PM
Game #43 – Tucson (21-16-5-0) at San Jose (27-11-1-3)
8:00 PM MST, SAP Center, San Jose, California
Referees: #33 Reid Anderson, #40 Keith Kaval
Linesmen: #21 Alexander Ledovskiy, #37 Brett Martin
The Other Side: @sjbarracuda
SAY HEY, SAN JOSE: Tonight marks the second of eight meetings with the Barracuda this season, and the second of the Roadrunners’ four scheduled visits to San Jose’s SAP Center this season. The Barracuda are playing the second of a two-game home stand; they’re coming off of a 4-1 victory over the Ontario Reign on Sunday night. The Roadrunners are playing the third of a six-game road trip; they’re coming off of a 6-2 loss to the Texas Stars on Saturday night.
THEY’RE HOT: San Jose enters the night as one of the hottest teams in the league. The Barracuda have won eight consecutive games, and are victorious in each of their previous five contests on home ice at SAP Center. With a 27-11-1-3 record, San Jose is currently in first-place in the Pacific Division.
PROJECTED LINEUP: The team held a morning skate at the SAP Center in anticipation of tonight’s game. There is no telling to whether any changes will be made to the lineup the team skated with Saturday night in Texas, which is listed below. A final, hockey operations-approved lineup will be posted 30 minutes prior to puck drop on tonight’s Live Blog:
LAURENT DAUPHIN – CHRIS MUELLER – CHRISTIAN FISCHER
BRENDAN RANFORD – MARK OLVER – ANTHONY DUCLAIR
MICHAEL BUNTING – TYLER GAUDET – ERIC SELLECK
MITCH MOROZ – RYAN MACINNIS – STEFAN FOURNIER
(BRANDEN TROOCK – CONOR GARLAND)
JARRED TINORDI – JAMIE MCBAIN
ANTHONY DEANGELO – KYLE WOOD
BRANDON BURLONG – ZBYNEK MICHALEK
PLAYOFF SAFE: For the time being, the Roadrunners will maintain playoff positioning in the Pacific Division regardless of tonight's result. Sitting at fourth-place, the team will remain in possession of that berth throughout the night and into Wednesday no matter what. The fifth-place Texas Stars, who Tucson dropped a pair of games against over the weekend, are creeping up on the Roadrunners’ .560 win percentage with a .533 mark of their own.
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the teams’ first meeting of the season on January 7 at the SAP Center, the Roadrunners fell to the Barracuda by a 5-2 score. Stefan Fournier and Lindsay Sparks scored Tucson’s two goals; Adin Hill stopped 26 of 27 shots faced in 50:02 minutes of relief for Justin Peters, who surrendered three goals on five shots.
ONE FOR THE ROAD: The Roadrunners have dropped each of their first two contests on their current season-long six-game road trip. The team has not won a game in an opposing building since their 4-1 victory over the Stockton Heat on December 28 at Stockton Arena. Since then, the Roadrunners are 0-4-2-0 in games played away from Tucson Arena. Can they snap their road woes with a win tonight?
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 7:45 PM MST.