GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Hitmen

GameDayPreviewGame27-CalgaryThe Match Up

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

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‘Canes vs. Hitmen in 2014/15: 1-5-0-0
Last Meeting: March 15th/2015 (4-1 Hitmen in Calgary)

‘Canes Record: 17-9-0-0
‘Canes Home Record: 11-2-0-0
‘Canes Road Record: 6-7-0-0

Hitmen Record: 16-10-1-1
Hitmen Home Record: 
9-3-1-0
Hitmen Road Record: 7-7-0-1

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Brayden Burke (6G, 33A, 39P)
Hitmen Leading Scorer: Radel Fazleev (13G, 22A, 35P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes kick off a three-game week tonight when they welcome the Calgary Hitmen at the ENMAX Centre at 7:00pm in a second place showdown.

The Hurricanes enter having won four straight including sweeping a weekend three-in-three. The ‘Canes are coming off a 3-2 win on Saturday night in Cranbrook over the Kootenay Ice. Justin Gutierrez scored his first WHL hat-trick in the game while Egor Babenko had another three point effort.

Lethbridge enters tonight’s Wednesday night showdown with the Hitmen with a record of 17-9-0-0 on the year, and 11-2-0-0 on home ice.

Calgary is coming off a 4-3 overtime loss to the Regina Pats are Friday night that snapped a seven game winning streak. The Hitmen are 7-0-1-0 in their last eight games and enter tonight with an overall record of 16-10-1-1.

Both the ‘Canes and Hitmen enter tonight with 34 points on the season and are tied for second in the Central Division. The Hurricanes have played two less games. Tonight is the first of six meetings on the season between the ‘Canes and Hitmen.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Player of the Week: Hurricanes overage forward Justin Gutierrez was named the WHL’s Player of the Week. In three games over the weekend, Gutierrez scored six goals including his first WHL hat-trick on Saturday in Kootenay. The Anchorage, Alaska product is the first Hurricane to receive the honour since Jaimen Yakubowski did it in back-to-back weeks in December of 2012.

BBG Line: Instant chemistry. That’s all you can say about the line of Gutierrez, Brayden Burke and Egor Babenko. Since being put together at the start of Thursday’s game against the Ice, the three have combined for 22 points in three games. Gutierrez (6g-0a), Burke (1g-7a) and Babenko (1g-7a).

Calgary Point of View

Hitmen Roaring Along: Heading into tonight’s game, the Hitmen have been the hottest team in the WHL. Over their last eight games, Calgary has put up a record of 7-0-1-0. However, they are coming off a 4-3 overtime loss on Friday night against the Regina Pats at the Saddledome.

D Scoring: The Hitmen have two of the top scoring defenseman in the entire WHL. Travis Sanheim, the Flyers first round draft pick, is second in team scoring with 24 points (7g-17a) in 19 games. Meanwhile, draft eligible Jake Bean is third in team scoring with 23 points (11g-12a) in 26 games.

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