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:
 1-2-0-0
Last Meeting: January 2nd/2015 – 3-2 Oil Kings (in Edmonton)

‘Canes Record: 12-31-3-3
‘Canes Home Record: 7-14-2-3
‘Canes Road Record: 5-17-1-0

Oil Kings Record: 24-22-4-2
Oil Kings Home Record:
14-11-1-1
Oil Kings Road Record: 10-11-3-1

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Tyler Wong (21G, 21A, 42P)
Oil Kings Leading Scorer: Brett Pollock (24G, 22A, 46P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes, who have dropped their last two games, face the Edmonton Oil Kings tonight at Rexall Place for the final time this season. The ‘Canes have split games this season in the home of the NHL’s Oilers.

The ‘Canes are coming off a 6-2 loss on Saturday night at home to the Regina Pats. The ‘Canes got goals from Brayden Burke and Pavel Skumatov in the game while Jayden Sittler stopped 42 of 47 shots he faced in the game. Skumatov, who opened the scoring, now has goals in two out of his last three games.

Tonight, they take on an Oil Kings team that is a streaky team. Edmonton is coming off a 5-0 shutout loss on Saturday to the Calgary Hitmen at Scotiabank Saddledome. The Oil Kings have been playing a lot at home as of late. Tonight will be their eighth of their last ten at home. Four of their next five will be on the road.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Struggling PP: After a stretch of eight games that saw their power play convert at a 20-percent clip, the Hurricanes PP has dried up. In their last four games, the ‘Canes have only scored one power play goal. In the four games, the ‘Canes PP is 1/12 (8.3%).

Edmontonians Soaring: There are five players on the Hurricanes that are from Edmonton and the surrounding area (Giorgio Estephan, Brayden Burke, Stuart Skinner, Nick Walters, and Kord Pankewicz). Estephan and Burke have been playing terrific playing on a line together – the two are both at, or above, a point per game since the beginning of December. Pankewicz, a defenseman, is just under a point per game.

Edmonton Point of View

Big Holes: The defending Memorial Cup Champions have had a mediocre season by their standards. Having lost many key contributors from their Mem Cup team last year have proved to be massive holes. The losses of Henrik Samuelsson, Curtis Lazar, and Griffin Reinhart – just to name a few – have all moved on.

Home Ice: The Oil Kings, who won 22 games at home last season, have won 14 of their 27 home games this season. Edmonton, who is currently seventh in the WHL’s Eastern Conference, need to continue to establish Rexall Place a difficult place to play. On their last seven game home stand, the Oil Kings posted a pedestrian 2-4-1-0 record.

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