COMPLETE NUTRITION GAME PREVIEW AT SAN DIEGO 2.14.17Feb 14, 2017
Iowa Wild (25-19-5-2, 57 points) at San Diego Gulls (26-13-2-2, 56 points)
Iowa begins a quick two-game California road trip with stops in San Diego and Ontario. Iowa is coming off a 4-3 shootout loss at home to Grand Rapids on Saturday night. Despite the loss, Iowa broke a team record by extending its point streak to 11 games (7-0-3-1). The Wild has points in 15 of its last 16 games (11-1-3-1, (.813)), by far the best stretch of hockey in team history. Over the course of the last 16 games, Iowa has outscored the opposition 43-28. The Gulls are coming off a 4-0 win at home over Bakersfield. With the win, the Gulls have points in 14 of the 15 games (13-1-0-1) and 18 of the last 20 (15-2-1-2). This is the second and final regular season meeting between the two teams. San Diego and Iowa have met once over the course of AHL history, a 3-1 win for the Gulls in Des Moines on Jan. 16. The Gulls have five straight wins at home.
Iowa is 15-7-2-0 on the road this season and 7-0-2-1 over the last 10 outings. The Wild has outscored the home teams 62-55 this season. Iowa has a team record nine straight road wins heading into Tuesday’s game – the longest such streak in the AHL this season. The Gulls are 13-6-1-1 at home and 8-1-0-1 over the last ten games. San Diego has outscored the road teams 74-56.
Team Date Time Radio / TV
at San Diego 2/14 9:00 PM CT KXNO / iHeartRadio
at Ontario 2/15 9:00 PM CT KXNO / iHeartRadio
vs. Cleveland 2/19 3:00 PM CT KXNO / iHeartRadio
vs. Cleveland 2/20 7:00 PM CT KXNO / iHeartRadio
at Chicago 2/25 7:00 PM CT KXNO / iHeartRadio
2.13.17: Delete – RW Alex Tuch – recalled by Minnesota (NHL)
2.13.17: Delete – F Zack Mitchell – recalled by Minnesota (NHL)
2.14.17: Add – F Tyler Sikura – signed PTO
Last Time Out
The Iowa Wild were defeated by the Grand Rapids Griffins 4-3 in a shootout on Saturday night in front of 10,580 fans at Wells Fargo Arena. Iowa forward Zack Mitchell scored with 1:39 left in regulation to force overtime and eventual shootout. Griffins forward Tyler Bertuzzi scored the decisive shootout goal, lifting Grand Rapids past Iowa. Iowa forward Sam Anas scored and added an assist in the defeat. Despite the loss, Iowa’s point streak extends to 11 games.
Through the first 51 games of the regular season, right wing Teemu Pulkkinen leads the club with 15 goals and 32 points in 41 games played. Pulkkinen also leads the team in power-play goals (4), first goals (5), game-winning goals (4) and shots (133). Rookie Alex Tuch is second on the team in scoring with 12 goals and 13 assists for 25 points in 36 games played. Veteran center Pat Cannone is third, followed by rookie Mario Lucia. Cannone has 16 assists and seven goals in 48 games played. Lucia has nine goals and 13 assists in 42 games. Gustav Olofsson, currently in Minnesota, is fifth in scoring with 21 points. He has five goals and 21 points to lead all defensemen in scoring in 45 games played.
Veteran Alex Stalock and Steve Michalek split time in net for Iowa. Stalock is 15-10-6 with a 2.47 GAA and a .919 SV%. Michalek is 10-9-1 with a 2.50 GAA and a .923 SV%.
Iowa’s power play sits 15th in the league after going 33-for-185 (17.8%). The Wild’s penalty kill sits 12th in the AHL after stopping 154-of-187 (82.4%).
· Goalie Steve Michalek has four straight wins.
San Diego Gulls
Through 43 games this season, right wing Corey Tropp leads the team in scoring with 12 goals and 25 assists for 37 points in 41 outings. Left wing Kalle Kossila is second on the squad with 34 points this season, off 10 goals and 24 assists in 41 games played. He has a team-high 15 power-play assists. Defenseman Brandon Montour is third on the team in points with 30 over 34 games played. Montour is second on the team with 12 goals and third with 18 assists. Left wing Kevin Roy is fourth overall in points with 11 goals and 18 assists for 29 points in 43 games played. Left wing Antoine Laganiere rounds out the top scorers with 24 points (15 g, 9 a) in 40 games played.
Jhonas Enroth, Dustin Tokarski and Kevin Boyle split time in net for San Diego. Enroth is 11-2-0 with a 1.62 GAA and a .941 SV%. Boyle is 5-3-3 with a 2.33 GAA and a .919 SV%. Tokarski is 10-6-1 with a 3.09 GAA and a .894 SV %.
San Diego’s power play sits 12th best in the league after going 33-for-180 (18.3%). The Gulls penalty kill sits 23rd after stopping 130-of-163 (79.8%).