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Barracuda vs. Heat Preview: Chasing a playoff spot

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San Jose only needs a point to clinch a playoff spot.

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The Barracuda need just one point in their final two games to make the AHL playoffs in their inaugural season. Both of those games come against the Stockton Heat, a team a couple notches lower than the 'Cuda in the standings. While, naturally, most of our focus will be on tonight's Sharks game, make sure to spare a moment to think about the baby Sharks.

San Jose has just one win in its last five contests, a trend the Barracuda will look to reverse against Stockton. Thankfully, the Heat aren't quite the team the Texas Stars were. From SJBarracuda.com, here are the 'Cuda's leading scorers:

# PLAYER GP G A PTS SOG SH%
40 Ryan Carpenter 64 18 36 54 139 13
11 Bryan Lerg 62 21 29 50 163 12.9
17 John McCarthy 65 16 27 43 127 12.6
82 Nikolay Goldobin 58 19 20 39 115 16.5
21 Jeremy Morin (total) 57 15 24 39 152 9.9

Tale of the Tape

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30-25-8-3 Record 31-31-2-2
4th in Pacific Rank 6th in Pacific

7:30PM PDT | Stockton Arena | Stockton
Radio: AM 1220 KDOW
Know Your Enemy: Matchsticks and Gasoline

Last Meeting: The Barracuda downed the Heat 4-1 in their last meeting, continuing their season-long dominance over Stockton.