Game #41 Preview: Tucson at San Diego
By: Alexander Kinkopf
February 03, 2018 12:46 PM
Game #41 – Tucson (24-13-2-1) at San Diego (22-17-1-0)
8:00 PM MST, Valley View Casino Center, San Diego, California
Referees: #54 Olivier Gouin, #3 Mitch Dunning
Linesmen: #96 Michael McBain, #24 J.M. McNulty
DOWN I-8: Tonight marks the ninth of 12 meetings with the Gulls this season, and the fifth of six scheduled visits to San Diego’s Valley View Casino Center. The Roadrunners are playing the second of a six-game road trip; they’re coming off of a 4-1 victory over the Ontario Reign Friday night. The Gulls are playing the first of a two-game home stand; they’re coming off of a 4-2 win over the Bakersfield Condors last Saturday night.
COMING OVER: Dating back to the Roadrunners’ previous visit to San Diego on January 13, the Gulls have lost each of their last three home games played at the Valley View Casino Center. They enter the evening with a 10-10-0-0 record on home ice. The Roadrunners have earned points in three of their four games played in San Diego this season, posting a 2-1-0-1 record.
RUDE VISITORS: With their win Friday night in Ontario, the Roadrunners have surpassed their road win total (12) from the 2016-17 season. The team, now 13-3-1-1 in opposing buildings this season, has earned points in 15 of its 18 games played away from Tucson Arena.
PROJECTED LINEUP: The team held an optional morning skate at the Valley View Casino Center ahead of tonight’s game. Per club policy, specifics regarding the team’s lineup will not be published until 6:00 PM this afternoon.
LAWSON CROUSE (67) - DYLAN STROME (91) - LANE PEDERSON (18)
MARIO KEMPE (20) - LAURENT DAUPHIN (15) - CONOR GARLAND (8)
MICHAEL BUNTING (27) - RYAN MACINNIS (72) - MIKE SISLO (9)
RYAN KUJAWINSKI (17) - TYLER GAUDET (10) - DANIEL MAGGIO (47)
ANDREW CAMPBELL (2) - DYSIN MAYO (37)
DAKOTA MERMIS (43) - KYLE WOOD (3)
KEVIN EKMAN-LARSSON (7) - JOHN RAMAGE (55)
HUNTER MISKA (35)
MICHAEL HOUSER (41)
SAN DIEGO STROME: Dylan Strome has been held without a goal in six straight games, dating back to January 15 when he scored the Roadrunners’ first goal in the club’s 5-3 win over the Gulls at Tucson Arena. Strome has registered 12 points (6G, 6A) in six games against the Gulls this season, including six (3G, 3A) in his three games played at the Valley View Casinco Center.
POWER LOCK: Some of the Roadrunners’ success against the Gulls this season can be attributed to their ability to keep the Gulls’ league-best power play unit under control. San Diego’s 24.9% conversion rate (46-for-185) is atop the AHL. In their four wins against the Gulls this season, the Roadrunners have killed off 21 of San Diego’s 23 combined power play opportunities. They have killed off 25 of San Diego's combined 27 power play opportunities in the teams' previous six meetings.
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the teams’ previous meeting on January 17 at Tucson Arena, the Roadrunners fell to the Gulls by a 5-3 score. Mike Sislo, Mario Kempe, and Michael Bunting scored for the Roadrunners; Adin Hill stopped 21 of 25 shots faced in the loss.
CATCH ‘EM SLEEPING: The Gulls, tonight, are playing their first game since the All-Star break; they have not played in six days, dating back to their 4-2 win over the Bakersfield Condors on January 27 at Rabobank Arena. Can the Roadrunners, who are coming off of a game last night in Ontario, pounce on a rusty Gulls club?
I-8 BORDER TROPHY: With a 4-3-0-1 record against the Gulls through six games, the Roadrunners currently lead in the race for the I-8 Border Trophy – which was introduced prior to the season. Based on total points earned in the 12 regular season match-ups between the two clubs, the Roadrunners are ahead by a 9-8 count.
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.