GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Giants

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

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‘Canes vs. Giants in 2013/14:
 0-2-0-0
Last Meeting: February 19th /2014 – 5-2 for the Giants (in Lethbridge)

‘Canes Record: 5-15-3-1
‘Canes Home Record: 2-7-2-1
‘Canes Road Record: 3-8-1-0

Giants Record: 9-16-0-0
Giants Home Record:
7-7-0-0
Giants Road Record: 2-9-0-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Riley Sheen (3G,15A, 18P)
Giants Leading Scorer: Carter Popoff (13G, 11A, 24P)

The Break Down

After a 0-3 weekend and a tough November, the Lethbridge Hurricanes get back at it tonight as they play host to the Vancouver Giants at the ENMAX Centre in the first of two meetings in Lethbridge this season.

The Hurricanes are coming off a 5-3 loss Sunday to the Prince Albert Raiders in a game that saw the Captain Jamal Watson score his first ever three point game (1g-2a). The Hurricanes held three separate leads in the contest, but failed to hang on to them as the Raiders continued to battle back in the game.

Tonight, the ‘Canes host a Giants club that is coming off a 6-1 drubbing last night in Medicine Hat. Vancouver is off to an up and down start to the year and are battling consistency issues. The Giants currently sit last place in the Western Conference with a 9-16-0-0 record on the season – the first year under new head coach Troy G. Ward after to succeeded Don Hay who was with Vancouver for ten years before moving to Kamloops to overtake coaching duties with the Blazers.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Goals Against: The Hurricanes have been battling a multitude of things, but one of the main plagues recently has been the number of goals against. In the nine straight losses, the Hurricanes have allowed 42 goals – a goals against average of 4.67

Super Cooper: Taylor Cooper is playing his best hockey of the season. In his last eight games, Cooper has collected six points (3g-3a). Cooper has been in the right spots on the ice in recent weeks. Cooper’s production has been no coincidence, that he has been on a line with Tyler Wong who himself has points in 13 of his last 17 games.

Vancouver Point of View

Giants Busy: The Vancouver Giants are in the midst of one of their busiest stretches of the season. Tonight will be their sixth game in the last nine days. This will be the second of a four game road trip that will sees the G-men roll through Alberta.

Dynamic Trio: Carter Popoff, Joel Hamilton, and Jackson Houck have been terrific for the Giants this year as the three are at, or close to, a point per game. Popoff, who led the Giants in scoring a year ago, holds that honour so far this year. The Richmond native has 24 points in 24 games.

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