GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Raiders

GameDayPreviewGame28-PrinceAlbertThe Match Up

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

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‘Canes vs. Raiders in 2014/15: 2-2-0-0
Last Meeting: March 7th/2015 (4-3 Raiders in Prince Albert)

‘Canes Record: 18-9-0-0
‘Canes Home Record: 12-2-0-0
‘Canes Road Record: 6-7-0-0

Raiders Record: 16-8-2-1
Raiders Home Record: 
9-4-2-0
Raiders Road Record: 7-4-0-1

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Brayden Burke (6G, 33A, 39P)
Raiders Leading Scorer: Reid Gardiner (17G, 22A, 39P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes get back at it tonight as they welcome the Prince Albert Raiders at 7:00pm at the ENMAX Centre in the first meeting of the season between the two teams.

The Hurricanes are coming off an emotional 6-4 win over the Calgary Hitmen on Wednesday night to take sole possession of second in the Central Division. Tyler Wong scored a pair, including the game winning goal, to reach the 20-goal plateau for the second consecutive year.

The win for the Hurricanes improved their overall record to 18-9-0-0 on the season and a league-best 12-2-0-0 on home ice. Entering play tonight the Hurricanes sit second in the Eastern Conference with 36 points, just two points shy of the Conference-leading Red Deer Rebels.

The Raiders are coming off a 6-1 loss last night in Calgary to the Hitmen at the Saddledome. The loss dropped PA’s record to 16-8-2-1 on the season. Raiders have posted a record of 4-5-1-0 in their last ten games but still lead the East Division with 35 points.

Tonight is the second last home game for the Hurricanes who will head into the Christmas break with six straight road games. Tomorrow’s contest against the Red Deer Rebels will be the final home game before they hit the road; that will also be the 20th Annual Canadian Tire Toque and Teddy Toss, tickets are available by calling (403) 329-SEAT.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Yet Another Statement: The statements continue to come for the Hurricanes. So many times this season, the ‘Canes have made a statement to the WHL. And yet again, a big litmus test was passed with flying colours by this team. The ‘Canes picked up yet another divisional win as they knocked off the red-hot Calgary Hitmen on Wedneday 6-4. It was the first regulation loss by Calgary in nearly a month.

Cashing In: The Hurricanes are the highest scoring team in the WHL. The ‘Canes are one of three teams in the league to already reach the century mark as the ‘Canes have lit the lamp 111 times. Pretty good for a team that only scored 202 goals all last season.

Prince Albert Point of View

Surprise, Surprise: Much like the Hurricanes, the Prince Albert Raiders have been a surprise this season. Marc Habscheid in his first full season behind the Raider bench has been pressing all the right buttons. Prince Albert enters tonight’s game leading the East Division.

Euro Rolling: Simon Stransky has taken his play to the next level this season for PA. After a 42 point season as a 17-year-old rookie last year, the Ostrava, Czech Republic product already has 30 point on the season in just 26 games. His chemistry with Reid Gardiner, who has 39 points, is pretty good.

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