GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Oil Kings

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Who: 
Lethbridge Hurricanes vs. Edmonton Oil Kings
Where: ENMAX Centre
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:
 2-2-1-0
Last Meeting: February 26th/2014 – 3-2 in OT for Oil Kings (in Lethbridge)

‘Canes Record: 20-38-5-3
‘Canes Home Record: 10-16-3-3
‘Canes Road Record: 10-22-2-0

Oil Kings Record: 32-29-4-3
Oil Kings Home Record:
19-14-1-1
Oil Kings Road Record: 13-15-3-2

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Tyler Wong (25G, 29A, 54P)
Oil Kings Leading Scorer: Brett Pollock (31G, 30A, 61P)

The Break DownThe Lethbridge Hurricanes return home tonight to face the defending Memorial Cup Champion Edmonton Oil Kings at the ENMAX Centre.

It’s the first home game since a 3-2 overtime loss to the same Oil Kings on February 26th. The Hurricanes kick off a pair of home contests after playing nine games in nine different cities. The ‘Canes are coming off a 4-1 loss on Tuesday night in Cranbrook to the Kootenay Ice. Giorgio Estephan scored the ‘Canes lone goal, while Jayden Sittler stopped 42 of 45 shots he faced.

The Oil Kings are on a bit of a roll. Edmonton is coming off an eight goal explosion on Tuesday against the Saskatoon Blades at Rexall Place. The reigning Champs have won two straight and six of their last ten.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Beast Mode: Since the beginning of December, Giorgio Estephan has been red hot. Since being placed on a line with Brayden Burke and Tyler Wong, the 18-year-old Estephan has racked up 43 points (20g-23a) in his last 37 games. Estephan has already set career highs in goals (21), assists (26) and points (47). Estephan was ranked 67th among skaters for the upcoming NHL Entry Draft by TSN’s Craig Button.

Road Warriors: It’s been a crazy stretch for the Hurricanes having played nine games in nine different cities spanning every State and Province that a WHL team resides. The Hurricanes over a three week span had played in Seattle, Portland, Everett, Lethbridge, Red Deer, Brandon, Saskatoon, Prince Albert and Cranbrook. A total of 6,631 kilometres were logged in a 21-day span.

Edmonton Point of View

Rematch: The last home game that the Hurricanes played was over two weeks ago when they dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to the Edmonton Oil Kings on February 26th. The ‘Canes host the same Oil Kings in their first game back home after five away from Lethbridge and will hope for a better result

Finding Their Way: It’s been an up and down season for the defending Memorial Cup Champions having lost some key contributors from their Championship team along with seeing a coaching change in the off-season. However, it appears that the Oil Kings are finding their identity having won back-to-back games and six of their last ten outings.

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