GAME DAY: ‘Canes @ Blades

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Who: 
Lethbridge Hurricanes @ Saskatoon Blades
Where: SaskTel Centre
When: 7pm puck drop, pregame at 6:45pm
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

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

‘Canes Record: 2-8-0-1
‘Canes Home Record: 1-3-0-1
‘Canes Road Record: 1-5-0-0

Blades Record: 4-7-0-0
Blades Home Record: 
3-3-0-0
Blades Road Record: 1-4-0-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Riley Sheen (3G, 5A, 8P)
Blades Leading Scorer: Alex Forsberg (6G, 4A, 10P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes are coming off their first road win of the season Tuesday night in Edmonton 2-1 in a shootout as they kicked off their current four game road trip. The ‘Canes played a strong road game on the back of a spectacular goaltending performance by 15-year-old Stuart Skinner who made 46 saves, and stopped all three shootout shooters to preserve the win.

The Hurricanes are now 2-8-0-1 on the season and continue their four game road trip tonight against the Saskatoon Blades. The Blades are sitting 4-7-0-0 on the season and sit last in the East Division.

Saskatoon is coming off a 5-3 win over the Kootenay Ice on Wednesday. The Blades have won four of their last five games.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Character Win: The Hurricanes are coming off a great team-building 2-1 shootout win in Edmonton on Tuesday against the Oil Kings. Timely scoring, spectacular goaltending, and the trust and faith in all 20 guys to play paid major dividends en route to the win. The ‘Canes just need to continue with that mantra and start believing they can win games. Once you believe it, the confidence will come and that will translate into victories.

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 six games, and in the process has slipped to a team worst minus-10 on the season (Nick Walters also -10).

SKINNER!!: Stuart Skinner is coming off yet another outstanding performance for the Hurricanes stopping 46 of 47 shots he faced in a 2-1 shootout win Tuesday in Edmonton against the Memorial Cup Champions. It was the first time the Edmonton product played, and won, at Rexall Place. The ‘Canes need the 15-year-old to continue with that type of play and steal some games moving forward.

Saskatoon Point of View

Finding Their Stride: The Blades starting to find their stride having won four of their last five games after losing their first six games.

Forsberg-esc: The Blades have a play by the name of Alex Forsberg, and he has been playing like his last name. Forsberg leads the Blades in scoring and it just one point shy of a point per game pace.

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One thought on “GAME DAY: ‘Canes @ Blades

  1. Hello Dustin. I would like to say welcome to Canes land. It is time to introduce you to the wacky world of Hurricane’s posters.

    I just want to correct something you said in the first intermission tonight. If the Canes defeat the Blades tonight and the Ice lose, we will indeed be in 4th place in the Central Division. You get no argument from me there. Where you were wrong is you stated that if the Canes are 4th in their Division, they will be in a playoff position. That is not correct.

    As the WHL has adopted the new NHL Wildcard/Conference based playoff structure, a team that is 4th in their Division is not guaranteed a playoff spot. Only the top 3 teams in each Division are in the playoffs for sure . The 2 remaining spots in the Conference playoffs go to the 2 teams with the best record from either Division.

    Based on the standings today, if the Canes win and Kootenay loses tonight, both teams will miss the playoffs. The Pats and Raiders would be the 2 wild card teams.

    Enough about that. I sincerely hope everything works out for you in your new broadcasting career and welcome to Lethbridge.

    canesrock

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