GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Hitmen

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

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‘Canes vs. Hitmen in 2014/15:
 1-2-0-0
Last Meeting: December 30th/2014 – 9-2 Hitmen (in Calgary)

‘Canes Record: 10-23-3-3
‘Canes Home Record: 5-9-2-3
‘Canes Road Record: 5-14-1-0

Hitmen Record: 22-15-1-3
Hitmen Home Record:
13-9-0-0
Hitmen Road Record: 9-6-1-3

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Tyler Wong (14G, 16A, 30P)
Hitmen Leading Scorer: Adam Tambellini (20G, 24A, 44P) and Connor Rankin (24G, 20A, 44P)

The Break Down

It’s been a busy week for the Lethbridge Hurricanes with a complete overhaul on their roster that has seen ten separate roster moves reshaping the Hurricanes team not only for today, but moving forward.

The Hurricanes in the midst of maybe their busiest week in years managed to pick up a crucial win Friday night over the Saskatoon Blades. The ‘Canes picked up a 4-1 win over the Blades to hit the 10 win plateau; just two wins shy of their season total from last year.

The Hitmen meanwhile are fresh having not played since Wednesday in Swift Current. The Hitmen are having a strong season with a 22-15-1-3 record under new head coach Mark French.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Youth Movement: With many of the trades Anholt has been able to make deals that help the ‘Canes today, and in the future. The Hurricanes currently only have three 20-year-old’s (Nick Walters, Devan Fafard, and newly acquired Mike Winther) and one 19-year-old (Jamal Watson).

Anholt’s Stamp: New head coach and GM Peter Anholt has been working the phones all week long and has made 10 roster moves seeing seven players shipped out of town and six players come back.

Calgary Point of View

Dynamic Duo: Two of the Hitmen overagers currently are tied for their team lead in points as Adam Tambellini and Connor Rankin each have 44 points. The dynamic duo is a lethal combination and are red hot. Rankin picked up five points against the ‘Canes on December 30th.

Bolstering Goal: The Hitmen have made two trades this week shipping defenseman Marshall Donald to the Edmonton Oil Kings for a draft pick, but the biggest trade was picking up 19-year-old goaltender Brendan Burke from the Portland Winterhawks. Burke will push fellow 19-year-old goalie Mack Shields for the starting job.

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