The San Jose Barracuda take their franchise record winning streak on the road for back-to-back games against the Heat and Reign before returning to SAP for a rare Monday game against the Stars. The Sharks returned Timo Meier and Tim Heed to the Barracuda after their 6-5 overtime loss to the Panthers.
While Tim Heed will likely draw into the lineup since he will likely finds himself in the press box upon his eventual return to the Sharks for their Saturday game. The real question is will Timo Meier draw into the lineup? He had a game to forget on Wednesday night and with the bye-week so close one has to wonder if the will get left down with hopes that he will respond like Kevin Labanc did.
Teams Heading In Opposite Directions
While the Barracuda are on a roll the Heat have headed in the other direction earning only one point in their last eight games for an overtime loss. Over that time the Heat has been outscored 26-7. The Barracuda contributed to this woeful stretch in a 5-0 victory back on Feb. 4. With the Barracuda on such a hot streak, they will have to avoid the potential of this being a trap game as the Heat will need to put on a serious push to get back into serious playoff talks. I’m expecting Mantas Armalis will draw into the lineup for this game with the condensed number of games.
Familiar Foe Familiar Face
The Reign have been a tough matchup for the Barracuda all season and so far the season series is tied. They also had a tougher go of late than both the Barracuda and Gulls who have overtaken them in the standings with a 5-3-2 record in their past 10 games. The Reign have seen some fluctuation in their line up though as Teddy Purcell has missed the action and Paul LaDue and Adrian Kempe has been called up.
In their place, the Reign were sent a familiar face for Sharks fans in Devin Setoguchi who had been sent down. There was rumors that he was not going to report to the AHL team which would have undone a significant amount of goodwill he had accumulated since his NHL return but they turned out to be unfounded. The Reign currently sit in third place in the Pacific Division with a .644 points percentage.
Stars Desperate For Wins
This will be the third meeting between the Texas Stars and the Barracuda but the first to take place at SAP center. The Stars are currently trailing the Tucson Roadrunners for the final Pacific playoff spot. The Stars current record is 23-30-3 with a points percentage of .533. The Roadrunners have a .547 holding on to the final playoff spot. Obviously, a win at the SAP center would help them push forward. Julius Honka is a player worth keeping an eye on this game he currently leads all defenseman with 23 points (6 goals, 17 assists).