GAME DAY: ‘Canes at Raiders

GameDayPreviewGame32-PrinceAlbertThe Match Up

WhoLethbridge Hurricanes at Prince Albert Raiders
Where: Art Hauser Centre
When: 6:00pm puck drop
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Raiders in 2015/16: 0-1-0-0
Last Meeting: December 4th/2015 (2-0 Raiders in Lethbridge)

‘Canes Record: 20-11-0-0
‘Canes Home Record: 13-3-0-0
‘Canes Road Record: 7-8-0-0

Raiders Record: 18-10-2-1
Raiders Home Record: 
9-5-2-0
Raiders Road Record: 9-5-0-1

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Brayden Burke (8G, 39A, 47P)
Raiders Leading Scorer: Reid Gardiner (20G, 23A, 43P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes get back at it after two days off as they make their first of two visits to “Hockey Town North” and the Prince Albert Raiders at the Art Hauser Centre tonight at 6:00pm mountain time.

The Hurricanes are coming off a 6-5 loss on Saturday night in Regina to the Pats. It was a game that the ‘Canes trailed 6-1 but battled back scoring four unanswered goals before running out of time and having the comeback bid halted. Brayden Burke had another four point night with a goal and three assists while Justin Gutierrez and Egor Babenko each had three points. That line combined for ten points in the loss.

The Hurricanes enter tonight with a record of 20-11-0-0 on the season and sit four points back of the Eastern Conference, and Central Division, leading Calgary Hitmen – Hurricanes have played four less games.

The Raiders enter tonight having lost two straight games, the most recent a 5-2 loss on Saturday at home to the hands of the Kamloops Blazers. Prince Albert enters with a record of 18-10-2-1 and sit second in the East Division.

Tonight will be the second meeting of the season between the Hurricanes and Raiders, Prince Albert picked up a 2-0 victory just 11 days ago at the ENMAX Centre.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Top 10, Again: For the second time this season, the Hurricanes have cracked the CHL’s BMO Top 10 rankings for Week 12 as they came in at #10. The ‘Canes were also listed as #10 on the Week 8 rankings and was named an Honourable Mention in the Week 6 edition of the Top 10.

Guts Rolling: Hurricanes overage forward Justin Gutierrez has been rolling along lately. In his last 11 games, the Anchorage, Alaska product has racked up 18 points (11g-7a). Gutierrez has scored at least one goal in seven of his last 10 games. He was named the WHL Player of the Week from November 23-29th.

Prince Albert Point of View

Gardiner Great: Reid Gardiner has been outstanding this season for the Raiders. The 19-year-old forward went undrafted in the NHL Draft last year despite scoring 34 goals and 64 points. Gardiner’s taken exception to that as he is well on pace to shatter those two previous totals. This year, he has already scored 20 goals and 43 points in 31 games.

1-Goal Games: The Raiders this year have been nearly lights out in one goal games this season. PA has played in a total of 13 single goal games posting an impressive 9-1-2-1 record in those games. Eight of those 13 games have been decided in overtime or shootout.

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