Game #52 Preview: Tucson at San Diego
By: Alex Kinkopf
March 10, 2017 11:54 AM
Game #52 – Tucson (23-22-6-0) at San Diego (33-14-3-2)
8:00 PM MST, Valley View Casino Center, San Diego, California
Referees: #10 Tim Mayer, #15 Stephen Thomson
Linesmen: #20 Anthony Falette, #62 James Parker
BIG-GAME GULLS: Tonight marks the 10th of 12 meetings with the Gulls this season, and the sixth and final visit to San Diego’s Valley View Casino Center. The Gulls are playing the final of a two-game home stand; they’re coming off of a 7-6 OT win over the San Jose Barracuda Wednesday night. The Roadrunners are playing the third of a five-game road trip; they’re coming off of a 2-1 win over the Ontario Reign Saturday night.
VISITORS’ TERRITORY: Tonight’s game marks the Roadrunners’ final regular season visit to San Diego’s Valley View Casino Center. The club is 2-3-0-0 in the Gulls’ home building; San Diego is 18-7-1-1 on home ice this season. Can the Roadrunners finish with a .500 mark when playing in San Diego’s arena with a win tonight?
PROJECTED LINEUP: The team held a morning skate at the Valley View Casino Center ahead of tonight’s game. No changes to the team’s lineup are known yet; defenseman David Musil is likely to make his Roadrunners debut. Expect a similar look to the lines the team skated with during Thursday’s practice, which are listed below:
JOE WHITNEY – CHRIS MUELLER – CHRISTIAN FISCHER
LAURENT DAUPHIN – GRAYSON DOWNING – JEREMY MORIN
ERIC SELLECK – TYLER GAUDET – CONOR GARLAND
MITCH MOROZ – RYAN MACINNIS – BRANDEN TROOCK
JARRED TINORDI – ZBYNEK MICHALEK
DAVID MUSIL – KYLE WOOD
DAKOTA MERMIS – JAMIE MCBAIN
BRANDON BURLON – DYSIN MAYO
ROAD MAP: Tucson enters the night with an 8-13-3-0 record in opposing buildings this season. “We’ve got 17 games left; 10 on the road and seven at home,” Head Coach Mark Lamb noted. “We have to win on the road, there’s no doubt about it, it’s pretty simple math when you get it all down in front of you.”
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the teams’ previous meeting on March 3, the Roadrunners fell to the Gulls by a 4-1 score at the Valley View Casino Center. Dysin Mayo scored Tucson’s lone goal – the first of his AHL career. Marek Langhamer was pulled after allowing three goals on 11 shots; Adin Hill came in for relief and stopped 16 of 17. The Roadrunners are 2-7-0-0 against the Gulls this season.
3-IN-3: The Roadrunners are scheduled to play three games in as many nights for the first time in franchise history, beginning with tonight’s contest in San Diego. Can they get off to a solid start with a win over the Gulls?
GAINING GROUND: The Roadrunners enter the night trailing the Bakersfield Condors for the Pacific Division’s fourth and final playoff spot. Tucson’s .510 win percentage is in close contention with Bakersfield’s .538 mark. The Condors host the Ontario Reign 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.