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Reign @ Barracuda: Round 1, Game 2 Preview

Gravel is back for Ontario + why tonight might be a must-win for San Jose

Joshua Lavallee

Ontario Reign @ San Jose Barracuda

Series: Ontario 1-0 (best of 5)

Day: April 23, 2016 (SAP Center)

Time: 7:30 PM PST

Listen: Mixlr

Watch: AHL Live

Series Recaps: Game One

Ontario Reign Lines

Mersch / Dowd / Backman

Kempe / Sutter / Brodzinski

Crescenzi / Newbury / Auger

Samuels-Thomas / Horvat / Bissonnette

MacDermid / LoVerde

Forbort / Gravel

Schultz / Ebert

Budaj

Houser

  • With the Kings eliminated, Kevin Gravel re-joins the Reign in San Jose tonight.
  • Last night was 14-year veteran Peter Budaj's second career professional postseason start & first pro playoff victory. He did win 11 postseason games over two OHL seasons.

San Jose Barracuda Lines

(based on last game, courtesy Fear the Fin)

Lerg / McCarthy / Parkes

Morin / Langlois / Goldobin

Goodrow / Carpenter / Jevpalovs

McLaren / Timmins / Martin

Young / Ryan

Stollery / Bergman

Mueller / ?

Dell

Grosenick

  • Matt Tennyson, who skated last night for the Barracuda, was called up by the Sharks. Patrick McNally seems more likely to draw in over Michael Brodzinski.
  • But more changes than that seem to be in store for San Jose:
  • The Cuda had a winning regular season record (3-2-1-0) against the Reign at SAP Center; on the other hand, they failed to win a game at Citizen's Business Bank Arena (0-4-2-0) this year. After tonight, the series shifts for good to the Inland Empire. If San Jose falls tonight, it's hard to picture them winning all three games at the Vault.
Update: Gravel & Joel Lowry suit up for Reign; Kevin Raine and Ryan Horvat sit. 2013 second-round pick Gabryel Boudreau makes his pro debut for Barracuda, while Patrick McNally steps in; Frazer McLaren sits.