GAME DAY: ‘Canes at Oil Kings

GameDayPreview

Game10-EdmontonThe Match Up

WhoLethbridge Hurricanes at Edmonton Oil Kings
Where: Rexall Place
When: 7:00pm puck drop
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Oil Kings in 2014/15: 2-3-1-0
Last Meeting: March 13th/2015 (5-2 Oil Kings in Lethbridge)

‘Canes Record: 7-2-0-0
‘Canes Record (2014/2015):
 20-44-5-3
‘Canes Home Record: 5-1-0-0
‘Canes Road Record: 2-1-0-0

Oil Kings Record: 3-6-2-0
Oil Kings Record (2014/2015): 34-31-4-3
Oil Kings Home Record:
1-3-2-0
Oil Kings Road Record: 2-3-0-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Brayden Burke (3G, 15A, 18P)
‘Canes Leading Scorer (2014/2015):
 Tyler Wong (27G, 29A, 56P)
Oil Kings Leading Scorer: Lane Bauer (7G, 4A, 11P) & Brett Pollock (3G, 8A, 11P)
Oil Kings Leading Scorer (2014/2015): Brett Pollock (32G, 30A, 62P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes kick off a season-long six game road trip tonight when they pay their first visit to Alberta’s Capital to face the Edmonton Oil Kings.

The Hurricanes are coming off their fifth straight win Friday night after beating the Swift Current Broncos 3-2 in overtime at the ENMAX Centre. Ryley Lindgren scored the OT winner 3:45 into the extra frame on a two-on-one.

Jayden Sittler won his fifth game of the season making 26 saves. Egor Babenko and Giorgio Estephan scored the other goals in the game. Hurricanes outshot the Broncos 40-28 on the night.

Tonight is the first of six meetings on the season between the Hurricanes and Oil Kings. Lethbridge won two out of three games at Rexall Place last year. The ‘Canes posted a 2-3-1-0 record against Edmonton last year.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Skinner Superb in Hometown: Last year, Edmonton product, Stuart Skinner was lights out at Rexall Place. In the three games in the Alberta capital last year, Skinner posted a record of 2-1-0-0 with a goals against average of 2.28 and a save percentage of .951.

Best Start in 19 Years: The ‘Canes enter tonight riding a five-game winning streak and sit with a record of 7-2-0-0. That’s the best start to a season after nine games the Hurricanes have had since 1996-1997. That was the season the Hurricanes went on to win the WHL Championship.

Edmonton Point of View

Struggling to Find Goals: The Oil Kings so far this year have only scored 28 goals in 11 games. That’s an average of just 2.55 goals per game. Edmonton has two players, Brett Pollock and Lane Bauer, who are at a point per game so far this season, however, the next closest to them is Andrew Koep who has six points (2g-4a) in 11 games.

OT is OK for OK’s: The Oil Kings, through 11 games this season, have seen nearly half their games go to overtime this season. Edmonton has already played in five overtime or shootout games; they have posted a 1-2 record in games decided in OT while they are 2-0 in games in the shootout. All three Edmonton wins this year have come in extra time.

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