GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. T-Birds

GameDayPreviewGame16-SeattleThe Match Up

WhoLethbridge Hurricanes vs. Seattle Thunderbirds
Where: ENMAX Centre
When: 7:00pm puck drop
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Thunderbirds in 2014/15: 0-0-1-0
Last Meeting: February 20th/2015 (4-3 OT T-Birds in Seattle)

‘Canes Record: 10-5-0-0
‘Canes Record (2014/2015):
 20-44-5-3
‘Canes Home Record: 5-1-0-0
‘Canes Road Record: 5-4-0-0

Thunderbirds Record: 9-5-1-0
Thunderbirds Record (2014/2015): 38-25-4-5
Thunderbirds Home Record:
6-0-0-0
Thunderbirds Road Record: 3-5-1-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Brayden Burke (5G, 22A, 27P)
‘Canes Leading Scorer (2014/2015):
 Tyler Wong (27G, 29A, 56P)
Thunderbirds Leading Scorer: Mathew Barzal (4G, 19A, 23P)
Thunderbirds Leading Scorer (2014/2015): Ryan Gropp (30G, 28A, 58P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes kick off a mini two-game home stand tonight when they welcome the Seattle Thunderbirds in the only meeting of the season between the two clubs.

The Hurricanes are coming off a six-game road trip in which they posted a record of 3-3-0-0. Their latest game was a 4-3 loss to the hands of the Prince George Cougars on Monday night. The ‘Canes won the first three and lost the final three of the six game trip.

The Thunderbirds also enter tonight’s game on a three-game road losing streak. Seattle enters tonight’s game in the midst of a six-game trip themselves and a stretch that sees them play 11 of 13 games away from home. The T-Birds sit with a record of 9-5-1-0 on the season and sit first place in the US Division.

Seattle won the only meeting of the season last year picking up a 4-3 overtime victory at ShoWare Center last February. The T-Birds have won seven straight against the Hurricanes dating back to November 13th, 2007 when the ‘Canes won 3-2 at the ENMAX Centre.

Tonight will also mark the return of former ‘Cane Jamal Watson. Watson appeared in 270 career games with the ‘Canes while scoring 148 points (69g-79a) over four seasons. So far this year with Seattle, the former ‘Canes Captain has registered one goal and four assists in nine games.

Tickets are available by calling (403) 329-SEAT!

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Wheels Up: The Hurricanes concluded a season-long six game road trip Monday in Prince George against the Cougars. The Hurricanes posted a record of 3-3-0-0 on the trip having won the first three and losing the last three. Over the last two weeks, the ‘Canes played eight games in eight cities and traveled over 5,500 kilometres (3,418 miles).

Power Play Clickin’: Entering play tonight, the Hurricanes boast the best power play in the entire WHL converting at 29.2% (21/72). Over their last six games, the ‘Canes have gone an impressive 9/25 (36%) and have scored a power play goal in each of those six contests. By comparison, last year the Hurricanes had the worst power play in the league converting at just 15.2% (42/276).

Seattle Point of View

Lethbridge Dominance: The Thunderbirds have won seven straight games against the Hurricanes, including three straight in Lethbridge. The last time the Hurricanes beat the T-Birds was November 3rd, 2007 when they earned a 3-2 win at the ENMAX Centre. Seattle has won nine of the last 10 games between the two.

Return of a Familiar Face: Tonight will be the lone return that former Hurricanes Captain Jamal Watson will make at the ENMAX Centre after an off-season trade that saw him dealt to the T-Birds in exchange for Cory Millette. Watson appeared in 270 games with the ‘Canes over four seasons scoring 148 points (69g-79a).

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