‘Canes vs. Giants in 2014/15: 1-0-0-0
Last Meeting: November 26th/2014 – 4-0 Hurricanes (in Lethbridge)
‘Canes Record: 10-27-3-3
‘Canes Home Record: 5-11-2-3
‘Canes Road Record: 5-16-1-0
Giants Record: 19-25-1-1
Giants Home Record: 15-9-0-0
Giants Road Record: 4-16-1-1
‘Canes Leading Scorer: Tyler Wong (16G, 17A, 33P)
Giants Leading Scorer: Jackson Houck (15G, 22A, 37P)
The Hurricanes kick off a busy stretch as they welcome the Vancouver Giants to town for the second and final meeting of the year between the two teams. Tonight will be the first of six games in the next nine nights and seven in the next 11.
The Hurricanes are coming off an 0-2 road trip last weekend after 8-5 and 5-0 losses in Brandon and Moose Jaw. The ‘Canes not only kick off a busy stretch tonight, but a lot of those games will be played at home at the ENMAX Centre. Four of the next five, and 10 of the next 13 will come at home for the ‘Canes.
Tonight, they take on a Giants team that is struggling recently. After winning their first six games under new head coach Claude Noel and rolling to a 9-2-1-1 record in his first 13 games, the Giants have since lost five straight, the latest an 8-4 defeat on Wednesday night to the Medicine Hat Tigers. Tonight will be the third of a five game Central Division road trip. The Giants will head to Red Deer tomorrow before wrapping up the trip Sunday in Calgary.
Lethbridge Point of View
PK Nearly Perfect: Since the turn of the calendar, the Hurricanes penalty kill has been nearly perfect. In the first seven games of the new year, the ‘Canes PK has killed off 30 of 31 power plays against (96.8%). Dating back to December 30th in Calgary, the Hurricanes have killed off 32 of 33 penalties (97%). Meanwhile, the Hurricanes PP is 5/25 (20%) in the same span.
Wong-Derful: In his third WHL season, all with the Hurricanes, Tyler Wong is having a career year. The 18-year-old has already set new career highs in assists (17) and points (33). Entering tonight, Wong is one goal shy of tying his career high with 17. The Cochrane, AB, product surpassed his previous career high of points (31) set last year in 16 less games.
Vancouver Point of View
Jones Returns: Two weeks after being traded to the Vancouver Giants in exchange for 17-year-old forward Johnny Wesley, Zane Jones makes his lone return to the ENMAX Centre. The 20-year-old forward appeared in 36 games with the Hurricanes this season after being acquired from the Everett Silvertips at the beginning of the season. In those 36 games, Jones asserted himself as one of the best power forwards in the WHL collecting 30 points (18g-12a).
New Look Giants: The last time the Vancouver Giants were in Lethbridge was November 26th, the day they announced the firing of then head coach Troy Ward in the hours leading up to the game, the Giants went on to lose that game 4-0 as Stuart Skinner picked up his first WHL shutout. However, lots has changed with Vancouver as now former Winnipeg Jets head coach Claude Noel is behind the Giants bench. After being announced as the head coach, Noel’s Giants won six straight games and are 9-7-1-1 under the new coach.