GAME DAY: ‘Canes at Blazers

GameDayPreviewGame13-KamloopsThe Match Up

WhoLethbridge Hurricanes at Kamloops Blazers
Where: Sandman Centre
When: 8:00pm puck drop
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Blazers in 2014/15: 0-2-0-1
Last Meeting: December 14th/2014 (4-2 in Lethbridge)

‘Canes Record: 10-2-0-0
‘Canes Record (2014/2015):
 20-44-5-3
‘Canes Home Record: 5-1-0-0
‘Canes Road Record: 5-1-0-0

Blazers Record: 4-8-0-0
Blazers Record (2014/2015): 28-37-4-3
Blazers Home Record:
3-4-0-0
Blazers Road Record: 1-4-0-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Brayden Burke (4G, 19A, 23P)
‘Canes Leading Scorer (2014/2015):
 Tyler Wong (27G, 29A, 56P)
Blazers Leading Scorer: Gage Quinney (5G, 9A, 14P)
Blazers Leading Scorer (2014/2015): Cole Ully (34G, 60A, 94P)

The Break Down

After a travel day on Thursday, the Lethbridge Hurricanes get back at it tonight as they take on the Kamloops Blazers. The Hurricanes are coming off a 5-2 win in Vancouver on Wednesday night for their eighth straight victory.

The ‘Canes enter tonight’s game sitting tied with the Red Deer Rebels and Brandon Wheat Kings for second in the WHL with a total of 20 points. The Hurricanes have strung together five straight road wins and are currently 3-0-0-0 on their season-long six game road trip; the ‘Canes boast the best road record in the entire WHL.

The Blazers are coming off a big 6-1 win on Wednesday over the Prince George Cougars. After a 0-6-0-0 start to the season, Kamloops have won four out of their last six games and have begun to find their game.

Tonight will be the first of two meetings on the season between the Hurricanes and Blazers; Kamloops won all three meetings last year between the two.

 

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

No Tricks, All Treats in October: The Hurricanes have strung together eight straight victories and currently sit with a record of 9-1-0-0 in the month of October. The Hurricanes are 4-1-0-0 at home during the month while are a perfect 5-0-0-0 on the road. The ‘Canes are 3-0-0-0 on their current season-long six game trip. The ‘Canes also lead the WHL in winning percentage (.833) and have strung together the longest active winning streak in the WHL.

Great Special Teams: Despite being ranked 19th overall in the WHL in penalty kill percentage (75.5%), the Hurricanes have been lights out on the PK in their last four games going 11/12 on the PK, a kill rate of (91.7%). On their current three game road trip, the ‘Canes PK is killing at 90% going 9/10 while their power play has gone 5/11 in the three games with a percent rate of 45.5%.

Kamloops Point of View

Recent Success: After a tough 0-6-0-0 start, the Blazers have begun to find their stride having won four of their last six games. Kamloops is coming off their biggest win of the year on Wednesday when they trounced Prince George 6-1.

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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