GAMEDAY: BARRACUDA AT THE SILVER KNIGHTS
April 23, 2022
SAN JOSE BARRACUDA (20-41-4-2) against SILVER KNIGHTS HENDERSON (33-28-4-1)
SAT, APR 23 | 4:00 p.m. | DOLLAR LOAN CENTER | HENDERSON, N.V.
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One and done: The Barracuda wrap up the 2021-22 season Saturday at the brand new Dollar Loan Center in Henderson. The Barracudas are 1-6 against the Golden Knights branch this year and 0-3 in Las Vegas. The ‘Cuda have lost four straight to Henderson since beating the Silver Knights Jan. 8, Jan. 6-3, at SAP Center and were outscored 25-13 in the four matchups and 38-23 in the of the season series. Between the regular season and the playoffs, Barracuda is 0-9 all-time while playing Sin City. Since entering the DLC, the Silver Knights are 5-2-1 and have now won four straight.
Major movement: Announced prospects Daniil Gushchin and Gannon Laroque joined the Barracuda earlier this week after their junior campaigns and made their professional debuts on Wednesday in Bakersfield. Laroque picked up his first pro assist in the loss to Henderson on Friday. Guschchin has already signed his NHL contract and was traded from the Sharks to Barracuda on Tuesday, while Laroque has yet to sign an NHL contract but is joining the Barracuda on an amateur tryout. Additionally, the Barracuda recalled Orlando defenseman Cole Moberg from the ECHL and signed pro tryout deals between forward Tyler Bird and defenseman Luke McInnis.
Two more in teal: The Sharks signed rookie defenseman Nick Cicek to a two-year, entry-level contract last Monday. In his first professional campaign, Cicek, 21, had 23 points (five goals, 18 assists) in 51 games with the Barracuda.
Rough road: After winning points in eight of nine games at the start of March, the Barracuda have now lost their last 14 games after falling 6-4 at Henderson on Friday. The 14-game (0-12-2-0) slippage is the longest in franchise history. During the streak, the Barracuda were limited to just 31 total goals (2.21 goals per game) and scored one goal or less on six occasions. In addition, the team allowed 70 goals in 14 games (5.00 goals conceded per game).
Great Dane: Denmark-born Joachim Blichfeld has 24 goals and is just one point away from equaling Barclay Goodrow’s franchise record for single-season red lights which was set in the 2016-17 season. Blichfeld already set the club record for power-play goals (12) in a season earlier this year. Blichfeld, out Friday with a lower-body injury, enters Saturday just one point shy of 100 in his AHL career (52 goals, 47 assists).
Track day: Lane Pederson scored a pair of goals in the Barracuda’s 4-3 loss to the Canucks on Friday and now has 18 points (9+9=18) in 21 games for the club so far this year. Pederson also appeared in 28 games with the Sharks, recording two assists.
Light Knight: The Silver Knights enter Friday having won four straight and are 6-0-1 in their last seven and 7-2-1 in their last 10. Since their 1-0 home shutout on April 5 against Rockford, the Silver Knights have scored 3+ goals in each of their last seven games and are averaging 4.7 goals during the streak.