GAME DAY: ‘Canes @ Oil Kings

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Who: 
Lethbridge Hurricanes @ Edmonton Oil Kings
Where: Rexall Place
When: 7pm puck drop, pregame at 6:45pm
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Oil Kings in 2013/14:
 1-5-0-0
Last Meeting: February 17th/2014 – 12-0 win for Edmonton (in Edmonton)

‘Canes Record: 1-8-0-1
‘Canes Home Record: 1-3-0-1
‘Canes Road Record: 0-5-0-0

Oil Kings Record: 7-3-0-0
Oil Kings Home Record: 
3-3-0-0
Oil Kings Road Record: 4-0-0-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Riley Sheen (3G, 5A, 8P)
Oil Kings Leading Scorer: Brett Pollock & Cole Benson (4G, 5A, 9P each)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes find themselves back on the road tonight after a disappointing two-game home stand that saw the ‘Canes drop both contests, 4-2 to Victoria on Friday and 6-1 to Regina on Saturday.

The Hurricanes will open up a four game road trip (four games in six nights) tonight against the reigning Mastercard Memorial Cup Champions, Edmonton Oil Kings. Last year, the ‘Canes struggled against the three-time Eastern Conference Champs going 1-5-0-0 again the Oil Kings. The last two games of the season series saw 8-0 and 12-0 losses for Lethbridge.

So far this year, it doesn’t appear that there is a “Championship Hangover” for the club from Edmonton. The Oil Kings are off to a 7-3-0-0 start to the new campaign under a new head coach. The Kings started out 3-3 on the year, but have rattled off four straight victories and are coming off a 6-4 win in Saskatoon on Saturday.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Captain Gone Cold: When will he break through? First year ‘Canes Captain Jamal Watson currently sits with 99 career points and could be the second ‘Cane to hit the century mark this season with a single point – Riley Sheen was the other. Watson is entering without a point in his last five games.

SKINNER!!: Tonight will be the first time that 15-year-old netminder Stuart Skinner will start a game in his home town of Edmonton. Skinner is off to a 1-4-0-1 start to this season, but has played outstanding in his six starts.

Focus: The Hurricanes have been good in spurts this season and have looked the better team in many periods this year against their opponent. However, one period is great, the next not as good. The ‘Canes need to focus on the task at hand and piece together the 60-minute puzzle in order to be successful.

Edmonton Point of View

Finding Their Stride: After their first Memorial Cup Championship last year, the Edmonton Oil Kings started the season sitting at 3-3 after their first six games. However, Edmonton has won four straight games heading into tonight’s contest.

Depth At Scoring: The Oil Kings have a balanced attack up front, and from the blue line. Six players have seven-or-more points this season. Brett Pollock and Cole Benson lead the way with nine points each.

Draft Success: The Oil Kings boast six players drafted by NHL clubs in the last two seasons, and all of them play key roles to Edmonton’s success. Selected in 2014 draft: Brandon Baddock (NJD, rnd 6, #161), Edgars Kulda (ARZ, rnd 7, #193), Aaron Irving (NSH, rnd 6, #162), Dysin Mayo (ARZ, rnd 5, #133) and Brett Pollock (DAL, rnd 2, #45). While Tristan Jarry was taken in the second round in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins 44th overall.

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