NEWS & STATS
Game #42 Preview: Tucson at San Jose
By: Alex Kinkopf
February 05, 2018 12:00 PM
Game #42 – Tucson (24-14-2-1) at San Jose (21-18-1-2)
8:00 PM MST, SAP Center, San Jose, California
Referees: #49 Reid Anderson, #4 Andrew Thackaberry
Linesmen: #53 Bevan Mills, #21 Alexander Ledovskiy
HEY, SAN JOSE: Tonight marks the fourth of eight meetings with the Barracuda this season, and the second of four scheduled visits to San Jose’s SAP Center. The Roadrunners are playing the third of a six-game road trip; they’re coming off of a 4-1 loss to the San Diego Gulls Saturday night. The Barracuda are playing the second of a five-game home stand; they’re coming off of a 4-2 loss to the Stockton Heat on Saturday.
GET 'EM FIRST: The San Jose Barracuda, when scoring the first goal of a game, have strung together a magnificent 16-1-1-2 record. Through 41 games played entering the night, the Roadrunners have scored first in 22 of their contests, going 13-7-1-1 when doing so. Can the Roadrunners strike first tonight in San Jose?
BARRACUDA BUNTING: Michael Bunting leads all Roadrunners players in points scored against the Barracuda this season, posting a total of four (3G, 1A) in three games played against San Jose. He netted a pair of goals in the team’s previous visit to the SAP Center on December 8 and has five points (3G, 2A) in five career games played in San Jose's home building. Bunting is one point shy of matching his season total from the 2016-17 campaign, when he finished the year with 28.
PROJECTED LINEUP: The team held a morning skate at SAP Center ahead of tonight’s game. Per club policy, specifics regarding the team’s lineup will not be published until 6:00 PM this evening.
LAWSON CROUSE (67) - LAURENT DAUPHIN (15) - LANE PEDERSON (18)
MARIO KEMPE (20) - DYLAN STROME (91) - MIKE SISLO (9)
MICHAEL BUNTING (27) - TYLER GAUDET (10) - CONOR GARLAND (8)
RYAN KUJAWINSKI (17) - RYAN MACINNIS (72) - ARTUR TYANULIN (13)
DAKOTA MERMIS (43) - KYLE WOOD (3)
ANDREW CAMPBELL (2) - DYSIN MAYO (37)
KEVIN EKMAN-LARSSON (7) - JOHN RAMAGE (55)
ADIN HILL (33)
HUNTER MISKA (35)
MARI-OH! Mario Kempe has returned from the All-Star break hot, accounting for three of the Roadrunners’ five goals scored this past weekend. Kempe hit the 20-point mark with his goal Saturday night in San Diego. He has been held off the score sheet just four times in his previous 13 games, and has amassed 15 points (6G, 9A) during that span. Kempe has two points (1G, 1A) in three games played against the Barracuda this season.
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the teams’ previous meeting on December 13 at Tucson Arena, the Roadrunners fell to the Barracuda by a 5-2 score. Michael Bunting and Trevor Cheek scored the Roadrunners’ two goals; Adin Hill and Hunter Miska combined to make 16 saves on 21 shots faced in the loss.
HILL’S BACK: Adin Hill has joined the team in San Jose following his re-assignment to the Roadrunners on Sunday. Though not confirmed, there is a strong chance he gets the call in net with Hunter Miska having started the team’s last two games. Hill was pulled early in his lone start against the Barracuda this season, surrendering three goals on nine shots in the Roadrunners’ 5-2 loss on December 13.
TIME’S UP: Joel Hanley will serve the final game of his three-game suspension tonight, which is a consequence for his slashing incident against the Chicago Wolves on January 27, and will be eligible to return to the Roadrunners’ lineup this coming Friday in Texas.
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 Fox Sports Tucson. Radio coverage begins at 7:45 PM.