GAME DAY: ‘Canes at Giants

GameDayPreviewGame12-VancouverThe Match Up

WhoLethbridge Hurricanes at Vancouver Giants
Where: Pacific Coliseum
When: 8:00pm puck drop
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Giants in 2014/15: 1-1-0-0
Last Meeting: October 17th/2014 (3-2 Giants in Lethbridge)

‘Canes Record: 9-2-0-0
‘Canes Record (2014/2015):
 20-44-5-3
‘Canes Home Record: 5-1-0-0
‘Canes Road Record: 4-1-0-0

Giants Record: 4-6-1-1
Giants Record (2014/2015): 39-29-3-1
Giants Home Record:
3-3-0-0
Giants Road Record: 1-3-1-1

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Brayden Burke (4G, 16A, 20P)
‘Canes Leading Scorer (2014/2015):
 Tyler Wong (27G, 29A, 56P)
Giants Leading Scorer: Ty Ronning (8G, 4A, 12P) & Carter Popoff (5G, 7A, 12P)
Giants Leading Scorer (2014/2015): Jackson  Houck (22G, 29A, 51P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes continue their season-long six-game road trip tonight as they visit the Vancouver Giants at the Pacific Coliseum at 8:00pm mountain time.

The Hurricanes are coming off their seventh straight win last night in Victoria against the Royals. The ‘Canes picked up a 4-3 shootout win as Tyler Wong scored in regulation and added the shootout winner. Brayden Burke and Ryley Lindgren added the others in the victory. The win over the Royals snapped a four-game losing streak against Victoria.

The Hurricanes enter play tonight with the longest active winning streak in the WHL and currently lead the entire league in winning percentage (.818) with a 9-2-0-0 record. The ‘Canes are also averaging 4.54 goals per game, that’s the most in the entire WHL.

The Giants are riding a three-game losing streak after falling to the Prince George Cougars on Sunday in Vancouver by a 3-1 score. The Giants enter play tonight with a record of 4-6-1-1 and sit fourth in the BC Division.

The Giants made a big trade with the Calgary Hitmen on Tuesday as they acquired defenseman Ben Thomas and forward Chase Lang in exchange for forward’s Jackson Houck and Jakub Stukel, goaltender Cody Porter and a draft pick.

Tonight is the first of two meetings on the season, both come in Vancouver.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

250th for Millette: Overage forward Cory Millette will suit up in his 250th WHL game tonight against the Giants. Millette, who was acquired from the Seattle Thunderbirds during the summer, has accumulated five points (1g-4a) in 11 games with the Hurricanes. Of his 249 games, 11 have come with Lethbridge, 32 with Seattle, 17 with Prince Albert, 83 with Saskatoon and 106 with Red Deer.

No Tricks, All Treats in October: The Hurricanes have strung together seven straight victories and currently sit with a record of 8-1-0-0 in the month of October. The Hurricanes are 4-1-0-0 at home during the month while are a perfect 4-0-0-0 on the road. The ‘Canes are 2-0-0-0 on their current season-long six game trip. The ‘Canes also lead the WHL in winning percentage (.818) and have strung together the longest active winning streak in the WHL.

Vancouver Point of View

Tough Sledding: The Giants enter play tonight on a three-game losing streak, but in all three games they’ve lost by a two-goal margin. In two out of those three games, their opposition has scored an empty-net goal ultimately proving to be one-goal games.

Injury-Riddled: The Giants got their Captain and potential first round draft pick in the coming NHL Draft Tyler Benson back on Sunday from injury. But the the Giants have missed a lot of players this season. Thomas Foster has yet to play a game due to suffering an injury while Benson, Ryely McKinstry, Jesse Roach, and James Malm have all missed time this year as well.

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