GAME DAY: ‘Canes at Oil Kings

GameDayPreviewGame34-EdmontonThe Match Up

WhoLethbridge Hurricanes at Edmonton Oil Kings
Where: Rexall Place
When: 7:00pm puck drop
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Oil Kings in 2015/16: 1-0-0-0
Last Meeting: October 24th/2015 (4-3 Hurricanes in Edmonton)

‘Canes Record: 22-11-0-0
‘Canes Home Record: 13-3-0-0
‘Canes Road Record: 9-8-0-0

Oil Kings Record: 11-16-3-0
Oil Kings Home Record: 
4-10-2-0
Oil Kings Road Record: 7-6-1-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Brayden Burke (9G, 41A, 50P)
Oil Kings Leading Scorer: Brett Pollock (11G, 22A, 33P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes play the fifth of a six game road trip tonight when they visit the Edmonton Oil Kings for the second time this season at Rexall Place at 7:00pm.

The Hurricanes are coming off a 7-4 victory on Wednesday night in Saskatoon against the Blades. Justin Gutierrez had a goal and two assists in the game as he was one of eight Hurricanes to register two or more points.

The win for the Hurricanes improved their road record to 9-8-0-0 on the season and 22-11-0-0 overall. The ‘Canes enter tonight in a three-way tie with Calgary and Red Deer for first in the Central Division and Eastern Conference, but do to games player, the ‘Canes sit first.

The Oil Kings have lost four straight coming into action tonight including three straight defeats to the hands of the Medicine Hat Tigers. Edmonton had won five straight prior to losing four consecutive.

Tonight will be the second meeting of the season between the Hurricanes and Oil Kings, the ‘Canes took the only meeting 4-3 back on October 24th at Rexall Place. Lethbridge has won three of their last four visits to Edmonton dating back to last year.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Top 10, Again: For the second consecutive week, the Hurricanes have cracked the CHL’s BMO Top 10 rankings for Week 13 as they came in at #9, a one spot improvement over their #10 ranking from Week 12. The ‘Canes were also listed as #10 on the Week 8 rankings and were named an Honourable Mention in the Week 6 edition of the Top 10.

 

BBG Line: After being placed on a line on November 26th, the line of Brayden Burke, Justin Gutierrez and Egor Babenko have been on fire. The trio has racked up a combined 60 points (22g-38a) in that span helping the ‘Canes to an 8-2 record. Babenko leads the way with 21 points (6g-15a), followed by Gutierrez (12g-8a) and Burke (4g-15a).

Edmonton Point of View

Is Today the Dea?: The Hurricanes and Oil Kings haven’t met in almost two months, the last time they faced off against each other was October 24th at Rexall Place when the Hurricanes snagged a 4-3 win. Goaltender Patrick Dea was great in the game for the OK’s and if not for a span of 2:04 in the third period where the ‘Canes scored three goals Edmonton would have won as they were the better team, led by the netminder Dea.

Streaky Team: Win some, lose some – that’s the motto the rings true about the Oil Kings this season. Entering tonight, Edmonton is on a four game losing streak having lost their last three games to the Medicine Hat Tigers. Prior to their four game losing streak, Edmonton had won five straight.

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