Barracuda @ Rampage 160130

Right back at it.  Guessing Dell will get the start.

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And after going down 0-2, the Barracuda score four straight and hang on to win 4-3.  Dell adds to his win.  Smith scored his first AHL game of the season.

Finally Sommer ties the AHL record for wins!  Congrats, coach!

Barracuda @ Rampage 160129

Next up on the five game road trip: San Antonio Rampage.

One opponent goalie may be familiar: Roman Will, who made his NHL debut on Tuesday for the Colorado Avalanche (3rd period of loss).  It wasn’t his first time in the Shark Tank, has he played 40 minutes in an AHL loss on January 9.

The Barracuda are looking to snap a five game losing streak (and FINALLY get coach Sommer that record).

Torres was recalled from his conditioning stint Thursday (and on Friday was put on waivers).  Jevpalovs was assigned to ECHL Allen.

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Grosenick got the starting nod, and only let two past him.  But the Barracuda could only get one behind Roman Will.  Sixth straight loss.

Barracuda @ Stars 160127

The Barracuda hit the road for three games before the AHL ASG break. After the break, there are two more road games in Ontario before their next home game February 10.

First up: Texas Stars in Austin.  Smith and Torres in the lineup. Dell starting.

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Sommer denied win #636 again.  Hard to win games, when there is almost no offensive support.

Sharks vs Avalanche 160126 – recap

That was nice.  Sharks rolled through the Avs 6-1.

Pickard, fighting the flu, managed to play two periods, giving up 4 goals.  Rookie Roman Will made his NHL debut and played (part of) the third period, giving up one goal.  And crazy coach Patrick Roy was pulling his goalie late in the 2nd period, and 15 minutes left in the 3rd trying to tie it up.  (Sharks did get one ENG.)

But there were some defensive break downs and sloppy play with the big lead.

Now Burns and Pavelski travel to Nashville for the ASG.  The rest of the team is off until Monday, with a late afternoon practice before heading out on the road for a game Tuesday.

Sharks vs Avalanche 160126

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Sharks played well, but Kings pushed to tie the game late in the third, and scored in OT.

The Avs are coming off their fourth win Saturday night.  Varlamov was named #1 star of the week, but Pickard is expected to be in nets on Tuesday. Skille crashed into the boards Saturday, but is expected to play Tuesday.

Optional practice for Sharks on Monday: Stalock, Tennyson, Zubrus and Brown were the only players on the ice.  Due to that I’m thinking that Jones will start.

Update:  Jones scheduled to start.  Zubrus in; Brown out.

Pickard and two skaters skipped morning skate due to illness.  Will has been recalled to backup Pickard (with Varlamov out), but might have to start.  Perhaps Roy would be signed as an emergency backup goalie?

Sharks vs Kings 160124

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Former Sharks on opponent: Christian Ehrhoff; GM Dean Lombardi, coach Darryl Sutter

Sharks extend their point streak to 8 games with win over the Wild from a late goal by the captain to break the tie.

Kings are coming off a one-goal loss to the Coyotes.  But they may be without  Lucic tonight who was ejected from last night’s game for a sucker punch to the head (and/or might be suspended for abuse of official); he has a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety this afternoon.

With back-to-back games, I’m thinking there may not be any morning skate.  Jones may start.

Sharks vs Wild 160123

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Sharks took the first game against the Coyotes this season 3-1.  Strong play by the visiting team (making their dads’ proud as they watched on) and lack of offense from the home team.

First of a double header weekend, with military honoring, with Saturday matinee and Sunday evening games.

The Wild are coming off a 3-0 win over the Kings.