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Reign @ Barracuda: Round 1, Game 1 Preview

The Reign's title defense opens tonight in San Jose. Who's coming back for Ontario? And in what significant way has Aaron Dell outplayed Peter Budaj this season?

Lee Calkins

Ontario Reign @ San Jose Barracuda

Series: 0-0

Day: April 22, 2016 (SAP Center)

Time: 7:30 PM PST

Listen: Mixlr

Watch: AHL Live

Ontario Reign Lines

(based on end of season)

Kempe / Dowd / Backman

Mersch / Sutter / Brodzinski

Crescenzi / Newbury / Auger

Samuels-Thomas / Horvat / Bissonnette

MacDermid / LoVerde

Schultz / Ebert

Forbort / Raine

Budaj

Houser

  • Mike Stothers told Reign Insider that he "thinks" Paul Bissonnette will make his first appearance in two months tonight. According to Mayor's Manor, he isn't concerned with Peter Budaj's workload this season. Stutts also likes the way practices have been going this week, "We're prepared."
  • Sean Backman led Ontario with 11 points against San Jose this season; Michael Mersch paced the team with five goals. Budaj went 9-2, posting a 1.52 GAA and .934 save %.

San Jose Barracuda Lines

(courtesy Fear the Fin)

Goodrow / Carpenter / Jevpalovs

Lerg / McCarthy / Parkes

Goldobin / Langlois / Morin

Gallant / Sims / Martin

Young / Ryan

Stollery / Bergman

Mueller / Tennyson

Dell

Grosenick