HGD 6: Trying again in San Jose against the reinforced Barracuda

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Mike Gould
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The last time the Stockton Heat were scheduled to play the San Jose Barracuda, the game ended up being postponed as a result of seven San Jose Sharks players entering the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol.
That was on Oct. 31. In the days since, the Barracuda have had the opportunity to fill out their roster with players from the ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears. While the game scheduled for Halloween night will still be made up at a future date, it looks like San Jose’s contest against Stockton on Nov. 3 will go on as originally planned.
Wednesday’s game between Stockton and San Jose will see the Heat aiming to extend their season-opening five-game point streak. San Jose sits right behind them in the AHL’s Pacific Division standings with a 2-1-1 record.
Opening puck-drop at SAP Center is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. MT.

Projected lineups

These combinations are based, in part, on those used in these teams’ respective previous games. 
@Jakob Pelletier – @Adam Ruzicka – @Matthew Phillips
@Martin Pospisil – @Glenn Gawdin – @Luke Philp
@Justin Kirkland – @Byron Froese – @Walker Duehr
@Emilio Pettersen – @Mark Simpson – Dmitry Zavgorodniy
@Connor Mackey – @Andy Welinski
@Kevin Gravel – @Nick DeSimone
@Yan Kuznetsov – @Ilya Solovyov
@Dustin Wolf
@Adam Werner
San Jose
This lineup is still very much unconfirmed in the wake of multiple player recalls from the ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears on Monday.
@Noah Gregor – @Joel Kellman – @Joachim Blichfeld
@Jayden Halbgewachs – @Sasha Chmelevski – @Evan Weinger
@Timur Ibragimov – Zachary Gallant – @Adam Raska
Joseph Garreffa – Kyle Topping – @Scott Reedy
@Artemi Kniazev – @Mark Alt
@Brinson Pasichnuk – @Nick Cicek
@Adam Parsells – @Montana Onyebuchi
@Alexei Melnichuk
@Zachary Sawchenko

Scoring leaders

Stockton — @Adam Ruzicka (four goals, seven points); @Jakob Pelletier (two goals, seven points); @Matthew Phillips (two goals, five points); @Glenn Gawdin (zero goals, five points); @Nick DeSimone (one goal, four points).
San Jose — @Nick Merkley (two goals, five points); @Noah Gregor (two goals, four points); @Ryan Merkley (zero goals, four points); @Jayden Halbgewachs (two goals, three points); @Scott Reedy (two goals, three points).

Players to watch

Stockton @Matthew Phillips. Adam Ruzicka scored a hat trick on Oct. 30; Jakob Pelletier picked up two helper. It looks like it’s Phillips’ turn to put forth a big offensive performance. The diminutive winger recorded only a single primary assist against the Eagles and watched his two linemates move further ahead of him on the Heat scoring leaderboard. Phillips can catch up with a multi-point game against the Barracuda.
San Jose @Noah Gregor. A good AHL producer with 58 games of NHL experience, Gregor nonetheless did not receive the call to join the Sharks during their rash of players entering COVID-19 protocol. The 23-year-old centre has four points in four games to start the 2021–22 AHL season but will likely need to surpass the point-per-game threshold to earn another look in the NHL. He has eight goals and 11 points in 58 games with the Sharks.

How to watch

This game will be broadcast on AHL TV (subscription required) and on Spreaker (audio only), with the opening puck-drop set for 8:00 pm MT.
FlamesNation contributor Paige Siewert will provide live game updates on her Twitter account. Additionally, you’ll be able to follow along at TheAHL.com.

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