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San Jose Barracuda to play Stockton Heat in first round

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The series is set to begin on Friday.

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The San Jose Barracuda will play host to the Stockton Heat in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs on Friday, April 21. The Calgary Flames affiliate beat the Bakersfield Condors on Friday night to book its spot in the postseason.

San Jose is 7-5 against the Flames during the regular season, though Stockton cooled off considerably over the course of the year. The Barracuda are 5-3 against the Flames since the new year and Stockton, which was a contender for the Pacific early in the season, slid all the way to fourth place.

Prospect-stats.com estimates the Heat’s fenwick-close percentage 49.24 percent, 18th in the AHL. San Jose will have the edge on everyone they face in the postseason as the ‘Cuda sit atop the league with a 54.85 percent mark. The Barracuda wrap up their regular season tonight against the now eliminated Bakersfield Condors before getting a week off.

The team as currently constructed has what it takes to make a deep run in the postseason and has the potential to get even deeper. If, god forbid, the Sharks don’t make a deep postseason run the Barracuda will get both Timo Meier and Kevin Labanc to fill out the roster. That would make this team a favorite for the Calder Cup. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.