GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Tigers

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

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‘Canes vs. Tigers in 2014/15:
 1-4-0-0
Last Meeting: January 27th/2015 – 6-3 Tigers (in Medicine Hat)

‘Canes Record: 13-31-3-3
‘Canes Home Record: 7-14-2-3
‘Canes Road Record: 6-17-1-0

Tigers Record: 35-13-1-2
Tigers Home Record:
20-6-1-0
Tigers Road Record: 15-7-2-1

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Tyler Wong (21G, 21A, 42P)
Tigers Leading Scorer: Trevor Cox (22G, 65A, 87P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes kick off a three-in-three weekend tonight as they host the Medicine Hat Tigers. The Hurricanes are coming off a 4-3 victory on Tuesday night in Edmonton over the Oil Kings.

In their win in Edmonton, Ryley Lindgren scored twice while Carter Folk added one as well. Affiliate call up Ryan Vandervlis scored his first career WHL goal in the win. Stuart Skinner was sensational making 49 saves and was named the games first star.

Tonight, they take on the second best team in the WHL’s Eastern Conference, the Medicine Hat Tigers. The Tigers, despite leading the Central Division with 73 points, are coming off back-to-back losses. The Tigers dropped a 6-3 decision to the Brandon Wheat Kings on Wednesday night at home.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Theo Fleury in The Building: Former Calgary Flames’ star, Theoren Fleury will be in attendance at the Hurricanes game tonight. Fleury will drop a ceremonial faceoff prior to the game and will be signing autographs after the game has completed. His new book “Conversations With A Rattlesnake,” will be on sale at the game.

Important Points: With the Hurricanes playing three games in three days this weekend, tonight will be a pivotal if the Hurricanes hope to earn some points this weekend as they once again take on the Tigers tomorrow in Medicine Hat before welcoming the Brandon Wheat Kings to town on Sunday.

Medicine Hat Point of View

Big Bite Offensively: The acquisition of Dryden Hunt from the Regina Pats has made the Tigers an even more dangerous team up front than they already were. With the league’s top two scorers in Trevor Cox and Cole Sanford, adding Hunt to the mix has made the Tigers’ second line lethal as well. Hunt currently sits 8th in WHL scoring.

Top 10 PP/PK: The Tigers power play and penalty kill both sit in the top-10 in the Western Hockey League. Their PP sits 6th converting at 22.5% of the time. While their PK kills 79.8% of penalties taken, good for 9th in the league.

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