Game #4 Preview: Tucson at San Jose
By: Alexander Kinkopf
October 15, 2018 11:47 AM
Game #4 – Tucson (3-0-0-0) at San Jose (3-0-0-1)
7:00 PM PST, SAP Center, San Jose, California
Referees: #66 Kenny Anderson, #41 Conor O’Donnell
Linesmen: #21 Alexander Ledovskiy, #37 Brett Martin
Three games in four nights, and it comes to completion tonight when the Roadrunners cap off their California swing with a date against the San Jose Barracuda at the SAP Center, puck drop scheduled for just after 7:00 PM PST. The evening's affair marks the first of eight meetings between the clubs this season, and the first of Tucson’s four scheduled visits to San Jose.
Dating back to April 11, 2017, the Roadrunners have won six-straight regular season contests, and with three wins to start the season, they are one of only five AHL teams without a loss of any kind.
The Roadrunners will face old friend and comrade Kyle Wood for the first time since he was dealt to the San Jose Sharks on June 14. Wood, in four games with the Barracuda this season, has two assists, 10 shots, and a plus-five rating.
Adam Helewka, the Coyotes’ return in the Wood trade, spent two-plus seasons with the Barracuda, registering a total of 68 points (23G, 45A) in 124 games. He returns to San Jose as the Roadrunners’ leading goal scorer (3), which includes the game-winner Saturday in Bakersfield. He currently leads the team in shots on goal with 14.
YOUTH SHOWDOWN: The Roadrunners’ current 24-player roster, with a median age of 22.38 years, averages out to be the youngest of all teams in the AHL, just below the San Jose Barracuda, whose 25-player squad boasts a median age of 22.64 years, the second youngest in the league.
ROAD HUNTER: Hunter Miska earned more than half of his 22 wins last season in opposing buildings, posting an outstanding 13-3-0 record in 19 appearances away from Tucson Arena. Though not confirmed, Miska will likely get the nod tonight following Adin Hill’s start Saturday night in Bakersfield. Miska won his first road start Friday in San Diego, making a career-high 42 saves.
BALANCED BARRACUDA: San Jose has earned points in all four of its games played thus far, the Barracuda’s lone loss coming in a shootout to the Bakersfield Condors last Wednesday. They have scored four or more goals in three games, and have held their opponents to two or fewer in three games as well. Entering the night, the Barracuda are seventh in the AHL in goals for (4.25/game) and goals against (2.25/game).
NUMBER TO KNOW
SIX: Discipline has been a noticeable aspect to the Roadrunners’ game to start the year under new head coach Jay Varady. The team is averaging a league-low six penalty minutes per game, totaling 18 minor infractions through its first three contests, and have only played shorthanded on seven occasions, surrendering just two power play goals to opponents.
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE
You can catch tonight’s action at Brother John’s Beer Bourbon & BBQ, the official watch party location for all Roadrunners road games during the 2018-19 season. A live telecast is available on AHLTV; Roadrunners play-by-play broadcaster Adrian Denny will have the radio call on AM 1450 Fox Sports Tucson, with coverage starting at 6:45 PM.