Game #58 Preview: Tucson vs. San Jose
By: Alexander Kinkopf
March 20, 2018 12:51 PM
Game #58 – Tucson (34-18-4-1) vs. San Jose (26-23-4-3)
7:05 PM PST, Tucson Arena, Tucson, Arizona
Referees: #46 Steve MacFarlane, #14 Michael Markovic
Linesmen: #67 Travis Gawryletz, #90 Mike Sarter
BARRACUDA BOUT: Tonight marks the sixth of eight meetings with the Barracuda this season, and the third of San Jose’s four scheduled visits to Tucson Arena. The Roadrunners are playing the first of a two-game home stand; they’re coming off of a 2-1 win over the Stockton Heat on Saturday. The Barracuda are playing the third of a four-game road trip; they’re coming off of a 5-4 overtime loss to the Ontario Reign on Sunday.
AWAY FROM SJ: The Barracuda have won each of their two games played at Tucson Arena this season, picking up a pair of victories on December 12 and 13. San Jose, though, has only won 10 games away from home all season. They have dropped each of their last six games played (0-4-2-0) in opposing buildings, and are without a road win since February 2.
EVEN OUT: Of the 11 teams the Roadrunners have played this season, the Barracuda are one of only two clubs they hold a losing record against, the other the San Diego Gulls (4-4-0-1). With a 2-3-0-0 mark against San Jose this year, the Roadrunners can claw back to an even .500 with a victory tonight.
PROJECTED LINEUP: The team held a morning skate at Tucson Arena ahead of tonight’s game. Per club policy, specifics regarding the team’s lineup will not be published until 5:00 PM this evening.
LAWSON CROUS (67) - CARTER CAMPER (29) - NICK MERKLEY (38)
MICHAEL BUNTING (27) - MARIO KEMPE (20) - CONOR GARLAND (8)
TYE MCGINN (16) - RYAN MACINNIS (72) - MIKE SISLO (9)
TREVOR CHEEK (39) - LANE PEDERSON (18) - JENS LOOKE (24)
ANDREW CAMPBELL (2) - DYSIN MAYO (37)
JOEL HANLEY (44) - KYLE WOOD (3)
KEVIN EKMAN-LARSSON (7) - DAKOTA MERMIS (43)
ADIN HILL (33)
HUNTER MISKA (35)
100 FOR G: Should he be in tonight’s lineup, Conor Garland will be playing in his 100th professional game. The 22-year-old has amassed 33 points (10G, 23A) in his 99 games played thus far, all at the AHL level with the Roadrunners. “You grow up wanting to play pro hockey, so to be able to do it for 100 games, that's a big deal to me,” he said of the milestone. “You want to play for as long as you can. We’ve got a lot of guys on our team that have played for a while. It’s nice, and hopefully there are many more ahead.”
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the teams’ previous meeting on February 14 at San Jose’s SAP Center, the Roadrunners fell to the Barracuda by a 4-2 score. Mike Sislo and Lane Pederson scored the Roadrunners’ two goals; San Jose scored three unanswered en route to their victory. Hunter Miska stopped 22 of the 26 shots he faced in the loss.
MAKING MOVES: The Roadrunners will be without forward Dylan Strome and defenseman Trevor Murphy tonight, the two players recalled to the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday morning. Defenseman Jalen Smereck has been reassigned to Tucson from the OHL’s Flint Firebirds, and forward Zac Larraza has been recalled from the ECHL’s Fort Wayne Komets. Goaltender Marrick Madsen, who the Coyotes signed to an entry-level contract earlier today, will report to the Roadrunners.
PLAYOFF PUSH: The Roadrunners enter the night with the second-lowest magic number in the Western Conference (14), behind only the Manitoba Moose’s 13. The Barracuda are on the outside of the playoff picture looking in, currently situated at seventh-place in the Pacific Division.
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: You can catch tonight’s action on AHL Live. Roadrunners play-by-play broadcaster Tom Callahan, along with color commentator Tim Gassen, will have the radio call on AM 1450 Fox Sports Tucson. Radio coverage begins at 6:50 PM.