GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Oil Kings

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Who: 
Lethbridge Hurricanes vs. Edmonton Oil Kings
Where: ENMAX Centre
When: 7pm puck drop, pregame at 6:45pm
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Oil Kings in 2014/15:
 1-0-0-0
Last Meeting: October 21st /2014 – 2-1 in shootout, Lethbridge (in Edmonton)

‘Canes Record: 5-9-3-1
‘Canes Home Record: 2-3-2-1
‘Canes Road Record: 3-6-1-0

Oil Kings Record: 9-8-0-2
Oil Kings Home Record:
5-3-0-1
Oil Kings Road Record: 4-5-0-1

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Riley Sheen (3G,12A, 15P)
Oil Kings Leading Scorer: Brett Pollock (6G, 8A, 14P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes enter tonight’s game against the Edmonton Oil Kings having lost their third straight overtime game a night ago at home against the Swift Current Broncos, 4-3.

In that game, the Hurricanes held a 3-0 lead in the third period and failed to close it out as Swift Current’s captain Colby Cave scored a natural hattrick, including the overtime winner in the come back. The Hurricanes enter with a 4-1-3-0 record in their last eight games, but have lost three straight that they should have won.

Meanwhile, the defending Memorial Cup Champions are reeling as of late. The Oil Kings have lost six straight games and are coming off a 4-3 regulation loss to Sam Reinhart and the Kootenay Ice last night in Cranbrook. Edmonton will be hungry for a win.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Home Ice Advantage: The Hurricanes have played well at home this season sitting around the five-hundred mark. Tonight, they need to assert themselves well against an Edmonton team hungry for victories.

Robidoux Robbery: The title of this one is another thing the ‘Canes need if they expect a win. In the win against Edmonton a few weeks ago Stuart Skinner stood on his head stopping 46 of 47 Oil Kings shots. Robidoux will have to be as strong.

Edmonton Point of View

Knowing What It Takes: While the Oil Kings are struggling in recent weeks finding the win column, don’t sell this Edmonton club short. 12 players on their roster played in the Memorial Cup deciding game last spring (Orban, Sautner, Bertolucci, Benson, Baddock, Eller, Robertson, Kulda, Irving, Mayo, Pollock, and Jarry.)

Eager for Win: The Oil Kings have lost six straight games and seven of their last nine games since dropping the 2-1 shootout decision to the Hurricanes on October 21st at Rexall Place. This will also be the final of a seven game road trip and they will be hungry to salvage something on the trip.

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