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 2014/15:
 1-1-0-0
Last Meeting: November 8th/2014 – 4-0 Oil Kings (in Lethbridge)

‘Canes Record: 9-22-3-2
‘Canes Home Record: 4-9-2-2
‘Canes Road Record: 5-13-1-0

Oil Kings Record: 17-16-3-2
Oil Kings Home Record:
10-7-0-1
Oil Kings Road Record: 7-9-3-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Zane Jones (18G, 12A, 30P)
Oil Kings Leading Scorer: Brett Pollock (15G, 16A, 31P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes kick off the New Year with a game in the Alberta capital against the Edmonton Oil Kings. The Hurricanes ended 2014 with a sour taste in their mouth after dropping a 9-2 loss to the Calgary Hitmen on Tuesday at the Saddledome.

The Hurricanes have given up 8 and 9 goals in back to back games with an 8-4 loss in Medicine Hat on Sunday. The Hurricanes are now 3-3-0-1 since the coaching change and with the trade deadline approaching it will be interesting to see what moves, if any, the team will make.

A year after winning the Memorial Cup, the Edmonton Oil Kings are having a mediocre season by their standards. The Oil Kings currently sit just one game above five-hundred with a 17-16-3-2 record and currently hold down the final Wild Card playoff berth. They are coming off a 4-1 win over Swift Current on New Years Eve.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Goals Against: In their last two games, the Hurricanes have given up 17 goals. The Hurricanes will need to play a reliable game in their own end if they want to have success tonight against the Oil Kings.

AP Call Up: 16-year-old Ryan Vandervlis will be in the line up tonight for the Hurricanes. The Red Deer product played in the season opener with the Hurricanes before being sent down to the Optimist Chiefs. He will add some size and grit with a 6’2, 193 pounds.

Edmonton Point of View

Tough Last 10: The Oil Kings, who have been a perennial favourite have slipped this year as they currently sit 8th in the Eastern Conference. In their last ten games, the Oil Kings are 3-6-1-0 (in contrast, the Hurricanes are 3-6-0-1).

Still Strong In Net: Despite the up and down season through the first half, one thing that remains steady is the goaltending the Oil Kings have been getting from Tristan Jarry. The Penguins second rounder is having a good year with a 2.85 GAA and a .907 SV%.

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