GAME PREVIEW – IOWA WILD VS. SAN DIEGO GULLSFeb 14, 2020
Iowa Wild (31-14-3-3; 68 pts.) vs. San Diego Gulls (22-16-4-2; 50 pts.)
Iowa closes out the organization’s franchise-long nine-game homestand with a pair of games against San Diego, starting with Friday night’s contest. Iowa heads into the outing in second place in the Central Division with 68 points, while San Diego sits in fifth place in the Pacific Division with 50 points. All-time, Iowa has a 2-4-2-0 record against San Diego, including going 1-1-1-0 at Wells Fargo Arena.
The Wild earned a gritty 2-1 victory against the San Antonio Rampage Tuesday night, setting a new franchise record with the team’s seventh consecutive victory. Forwards Luke Johnson and Gerry Mayhew scored the goals for the Wild as goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen logged his AHL-leading 20th win of the season in the contest.
- Iowa is 15-3-1-1 since Dec. 25, the best record in the league during that stretch.
- Defenseman Brennan Menell is tied with Utica’s Brogan Rafferty for the most assists in the AHL with 33.
- Iowa’s 19 wins and 40 points at home are both the second most of any team in the AHL.
- Iowa has scored 48 power-play goals this season, the most of any team in the league.
- Iowa has earned five victories at home when trailing after the first and second period, both of which are tops of any team.
- San Diego defeated the Bakersfield Condors by a score of 4-2 on Feb. 9, extending the team’s point streak to seven games.
- The Gulls are led by forward Sam Carrick, who has 34 points (19g, 15a) in 33 games.
- Friday’s game marks the first time forward Justin Kloos will return to Iowa since being traded to the Anaheim organization on Jan. 16, 2019.
- San Diego’s 402 shots for in the third period are the fewest by any team in the AHL during that frame.
The Iowa Wild 2019-20 regular season is presented by MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center and runs from October through April. For more information, please contact the Wild office by calling 515-564-8700 or by visiting www.iowawild.com.