CHOMPING AT THE BIT

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CHOMPING AT THE BIT

Feb. 8, 2017

SAN JOSE – The Gulls (24-12-2-2, 52 pts.) continue a three-game road trip and stretch of eight-of-nine games away from home vs. the San Jose Barracuda (24-11-1-3; 52 pts.) tonight at SAP Center (7:00 p.m., 1700-AM). San Diego enters tonight with wins in six consecutive games (6-0-0) and a club record 12-game standings point streak (11-0-0-1, 23 of a possible 24 points), the longest current point streak in the AHL and the longest in the AHL since Providence earned points in 13 consecutive games from Nov. 18 to Dec. 16, 2016. San Diego has also won five consecutive road games and earned standings points in 10 consecutive road contests dating back to Dec. 29 at Texas (9-0-0-1, 19 of a possible 20 points), a club record for points in consecutive road games.

The point streak is the Gulls’ longest in franchise history, surpassing an 11-game point streak from Feb. 19 to Mar. 16, 2016 (9-0-1-1). During the current 12-game run, San Diego has outscored opponents 45-19, killed 37 of the last 42 penalties (88.1%) and gone 11-for-52, (21.2%) on the power play. San Diego has won 13 of the last 15 games (13-1-0-1), and has earned standings points in 16 of the past 17 (13-1-1-2) and 25 of the last 32 overall (22-7-1-2).

San Diego closes out its 14th set of back-to-back matchups this season with a 15-10-2-1 overall record in such games, including a 7-6-1-0 record in the second contest.

Last night in a 4-2 win at Bakersfield, Antoine Laganiere (2-1=3) led the way offensively for San Diego as he recorded his second consecutive multi-goal game and first three-point contest of the season, his first since Mar. 27, 2016 vs. SJ (also 2-1=3). On the other side of the ice goaltender Jhonas Enroth made 18 saves in his eighth consecutive victory since being acquired by the Anaheim Ducks from the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Enroth has earned an 8-0-0 record with the Gulls, posting a 1.12 GAA, a .956 SV% and two shutouts, while his 10-1-0 record with a 1.64 GAA and .940 SV% with both San Diego and the Toronto Marlies is quite impressive.

Tonight will mark the sixth matchup between the Gulls and Barracuda. San Diego has won three of five meetings with the Barracuda this season (3-2-0-0) and boast an 11-4-1-1 record vs. the Barracuda all-time, including 5-3-0 at SAP Center. Each team has held firm on home ice this season with no visitor having collected two points to date. The Gulls won the most recent matchup by a 5-1 score line on Jan. 20 at Valley View Casino. Kalle Kossila (2-0=2) scored two goals, including a lacrosse-style goal that made national headlines.

The Barracuda earned a pair of 3-0 wins on Dec. 10 and 11 the last times these teams faced at SAP Center as goaltender Troy Grosenick pitched back-to-back shutouts. Left wing Antoine Laganiere leads all active Gulls skaters with four goals (4-3=7) in 15 games played, while Corey Tropp paces the team with four assists (2-4=6) in nine contests.

San Jose sits atop the Pacific Division with a 24-11-1-3, good for 52 points and .667 win percentage. The only difference between the two clubs through this point in the season is one game, as the Gulls have participated in one more contest this season. The team’s have an equal amount of points, so tonight’s tilt could mean a jump in the standings for San Diego depending on the outcome.

The Barracuda continue to get stellar defensive play as the club have allowed the fewest goals in the AHL (99) and over the past 10 games have earned a solid 7-3-0 record. Offensively San Jose is led by rookie Daniel O’Regan who has scored 14-24=38 points in 36 games. Goaltender Troy Grosenick, a recent AHL All-Star, has backstopped the Barracuda for 27 games this season posting a 14-8-2 record with a 2.13 GAA, .929 SV% and his six shutouts lead the league.

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