The Stockton Heat will look to kick off a new winning streak when they take on the Henderson Silver Knights on Thursday.
@Dustin Wolf is expected to tend the pipes for Stockton after sitting out each of the team’s last two games.
Individually, Wolf’s two most recent outings have left a lot to be desired. The 20-year-old goaltender allowed nine goals on 55 shots between his appearances in Ontario on Jan. 9 and Henderson on Jan. 12.
While he won the first of those two games, Wolf suffered only his second regulation loss in 20 appearances this season during what was a 5–2 Heat loss to the Silver Knights (which was also the most recent meeting between these two teams).
Henderson is one of the few AHL teams against which Stockton currently has a losing record. After winning their first-ever meeting 3–2 on Nov. 12, the Heat fell 4–3 the following night before suffering the aforementioned 5–2 setback last week.
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Stockton is coming off a 3–2 loss to the San Diego Gulls on Wednesday. @Adam Werner stopped 28 of 31 shots in the loss; @Justin Kirkland scored both of Stockton’s goals. The Gulls won despite dressing only 16 skaters in the game.
Henderson is coming off a 5–2 loss to the Ontario Reign on Jan. 15. The Silver Knights (16–10–3) currently rank third in the AHL’s Pacific Division; the Heat (22–7–3) still sit in first place.

Projected lineups

These combinations are based, in part, on those used in these teams’ respective previous games. 
Stockton
@Eetu Tuulola – @Byron Froese – @Matthew Phillips
@Jakob Pelletier – @Glenn Gawdin – @Justin Kirkland
@Martin Pospisil – @Luke Philp – @Walker Duehr
@Alex Gallant – @Ryan Olsen – @Emilio Pettersen
@Kevin Gravel – @Connor Mackey
@Ilya Solovyov – @Nick DeSimone
Greg Moro – @Colton Poolman
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@Dustin Wolf
@Adam Werner
Henderson
@Ben Jones – @Maxim Marushev – @Paul Cotter
@Sven Baertschi – @Pavel Dorofeyev – @Jonas Rondbjerg
@Jack Dugan – @Alan Quine – @Colt Conrad
@Gage Quinney – @Reid Duke – @Mason Primeau
@Ian McCoshen – @Brayden Pachal
@Derrick Pouliot – @Peter DiLiberatore
@Brandon Hickey – @Kaedan Korczak
@Jiri Patera
Logan Flodell

Scoring leaders

This section excludes players recalled to the NHL or on assignment to other leagues.
Stockton — @Jakob Pelletier (11 goals, 32 points); @Matthew Phillips (13 goals, 30 points); @Glenn Gawdin (12 goals, 29 points); @Luke Philp (eight goals, 18 points); @Connor Mackey (four goals, 18 points).
Henderson — @Pavel Dorofeyev (14 goals, 26 points); @Ben Jones (13 goals, 19 points); @Jonas Rondbjerg (seven goals, 14 points); @Sven Baertschi (six goals, 13 points); @Maxim Marushev (four goals, 11 points).

Players to watch

Stockton — Calgary Flames top prospect @Jakob Pelletier had an assist in his return to the Heat lineup on Wednesday. The 20-year-old winger missed a week of action while in the AHL’s COVID-19 protocol. Pelletier hasn’t scored a goal in his last six games — although he has four assists in that time — and @Matthew Phillips is rapidly gaining on him in Stockton’s scoring race.
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Henderson — Silver Knights forward @Pavel Dorofeyev enters Friday’s game on a seven-game point streak. The 21-year-old forward has 10 points in his last seven contests and is up to 14 goals and 26 points in 29 AHL games this season. Vegas originally selected Dorofeyev in the third round of the 2019 NHL Draft.

How to watch

Friday’s game in Stockton will be broadcast on AHL TV (subscription required) and on Spreaker (audio only), with the opening puck-drop set for 8:00 p.m. 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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