Ontario’s brief stretch of three straight road games will come to an end in San Jose on Wednesday night. Ironically enough, the Reign are coming off of back-to-back 3-2 shootout victories. Can they complete the hat trick tonight before heading back to SoCal?
For coach Marco Sturm and his (mostly) group of LA Kings prospects, this will also serve as a rubber match with San Jose. In four previous contests vs. the Barracuda this season, they’ve alternated wins and losses, with each team going 1-1 on home ice.
Look for Cal Petersen to get the start in net for Game 5 of the eight-game season series. He’ll enter play having had a good stretch of five games recently.
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Oh, and goals given up in Cal's last 5 AHL starts:
While averaging 32 saves.
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Up front, expect a similar set of lines to what Sturm has been running of late. This includes Kings prospect Alex Turcotte centering a line with Martin Chromiak and Aidan Dudas on his wings. Despite Jakob Chychrun trade rumors swirling in recent days, we’ve been told management has yet to instruct the Reign to sit anybody out.
Defensively, there could be some slight shuffling, with the projection below based upon Tuesday’s alignment at practice.
ONTARIO REIGN PROJECTED LINEUP vs. SAN JOSE BARRACUDA
Andersson – Tynan – Madden
Ward – Quine – Fagemo
Dudas – Turcotte – Chromiak
Lee – Helenius – Goulbourne
Björnfot – Spence
Moverare – Grans
Nousiainen – Bisson
Game scratches: Allard, Gaunce, Inamoto, Pavlychev, Thompson, Wagner
Recalled to NHL: Kupari
Out injured: Thomas, Doty
Puck drop is scheduled for 7pm PST tonight and the game can be viewed on AHL TV.
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