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Game #48 Preview: Tucson vs. San Jose

By: Alex Kinkopf
 
 
Game #48 – Tucson (22-20-5-0) vs San Jose (32-11-1-3)
7:05 PM MST, Tucson Arena, Tucson, Arizona
Referees: #17 Peter Tarnaris, #47 Pierre Lambert
Linesmen: #19 Robb Harrell, #93 Nathan Wieler
 
Live Game Day Coverage: @RoadrunnersAHL / @RRVoiceTom / @AEKinkopf
The Other Side: @sjbarracuda
 
‘CUDA TIMES TWO: Tonight marks the fourth of eight meetings with the Barracuda this season, and the second of San Jose’s four scheduled visits to Tucson Arena. The Barracuda are playing the second of a two-game road trip. The Roadrunners are playing the second of a three-game home stand. The teams are coming off of a matchup Friday night in which the Barracuda won 4-3.
 
 
HOMESTEAD: The Roadrunners will vie to snap their four-game losing streak on home-ice at Tucson Arena tonight. “You can feel it, we’ve created that home-ice atmosphere, advantage if you want to call it that,” Mark Lamb said of playing at home. “We feel comfortable here.”
 
PROJECTED LINEUP: The team did not hold a morning skate ahead of tonight’s game. It is unknown whether or not any changes will be made to the lineup the team used Friday night. Austin Lotz is expected to be with the team and serve as Marek Langhamer’s back up.
 
FORWARDS:
LAURENT DAUPHIN – CHRIS MUELLER – CHRISTIAN FISCHER
ERIC SELLECK – TYLER GAUDET – ANTHONY DUCLAIR
MITCH MOROZ – RYAN MACINNIS – BRANDEN TROOCK
MICHAEL BUNTING – BRENDAN RANFORD – STEFAN FOURNIER
(CONOR GARLAND)
 
DEFENSEMEN:
JARRED TINORDI – ZBYNEK MICHALEK
DAKOTA MERMIS – JAMIE MCBAIN
DYSIN MAYO – KYLE WOOD
(BRANDON BURLON)
 
GOALTENDERS:
MAREK LANGHAMER
AUSTIN LOTZ
 
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the teams’ previous meeting on Friday night at Tucson Arena, the Roadrunners fell to the Barracuda by a 4-3 score. Laurent Dauphin scored two goals; Christian Fischer scored the other for the Roadrunners and finished the night with three points (1G, 2A). Marek Langhamer made 23 saves in the loss. The Roadrunners are now 0-3-0-0 in their season series with the Barracuda.
 
 
UNBEATABLE BARRACUDA: With their victory Friday night, the Barracuda extended their win-streak to 13 games, which is the longest by any team in the American Hockey League this season. During their run, San Jose has outscored its opponents 52-24, and has scored four or more goals on 11 occasions. Can the Roadrunners put an end to the Barracuda’s winning ways by earning their first victory over San Jose this season?
 
STAYING IN IT: The Roadrunners will look to maintain playoff positioning and keep their fourth-place spot in the Pacific Division with a win tonight. The Bakersfield Condors, who host the Stockton Heat tonight, can leapfrog the Roadrunners with a win and a Tucson loss.
 
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: You can catch tonight’s action on AHL Live. Roadrunners play-by-play broadcaster Tom Callahan and color man Tim Gassen 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 6:50 PM MST.