GAME DAY: ‘Canes @ Hitmen

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Who: 
Lethbridge Hurricanes @ Calgary Hitmen
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome
When: 7pm puck drop, pregame at 6:45pm
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Hitmen in 2014/15:
 1-1-0-0
Last Meeting: October 1st/2014 – 4-3 ‘Canes in a shootout (in Lethbridge)

‘Canes Record: 9-21-3-2
‘Canes Home Record: 4-9-2-2
‘Canes Road Record: 5-12-1-0

Hitmen Record: 19-14-1-2
Hitmen Home Record:
12-9-0-0
Hitmen Road Record: 7-5-1-2

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Zane Jones (18G, 12A, 30P)
Hitmen Leading Scorer: Adam Tambellini (21G, 17A, 38P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes are coming off a split with the Medicine Hat Tigers on the weekend having taken a 6-5 win at home on Saturday before dropping an 8-4 decision Sunday in Medicine Hat.

The Hurricanes despite the loss still managed to score goals as they hit the four goal mark for the fourth consecutive game. The Hurricanes however were unable to contain Trevor Cox and Cole Sanford who combined for 11 points in the win for the Tigers.

The Hitmen are coming off back to back losses on the weekend to the Kootenay Ice. The Hitmen enter play tonight in third place in the Central Division. The Hitmen are strong at the Saddledome this year. The only time the ‘Canes have been in downtown Calgary, the home side skated to a 9-2 win.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Too Many Shots: In their last two games, the Hurricanes are 1-1 having earned the weekend split with the Tigers, however, the ‘Canes gave up far too many shots against if they want to continue being successful. In the 6-5 win Saturday, the ‘Canes surrendered 47 shots and followed it up surrendering 50 in the Sunday game.

White, Right: 16-year-old Jaeger White is starting to look far more comfortable. The Medicine Hat native scored a goal in the 8-4 loss to the Tigers on Sunday night, but with the goal, White is now on a four-game point scoring streak. Should White continue to produce at this rate, the Hurricanes will continue to be successful.

Calgary Point of View

Virtanen-less: The Hitmen are currently without Vancouver Canucks 6th overall pick in last years NHL entry draft Jake Virtanen as he is competing for Canada at the World Juniors. While without Virtanen, the Hitmen still boast some top-tier scorers with the likes of Connor Rankin, Adam Tambellini, Kenton Helgeson and Chase Lang who are all having great seasons.

Live or Die by Shields: Mack Shields is the undisputed number one goalie for the Calgary Hitmen. The first year starter currently sits 11th in minutes played by goaltenders in the WHL with 1,607 minutes logged already. Shields has appeared in 30 of the Hitmen’s 36 games. He has a record of 15-11-0-1 on the year.

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