GAME DAY: ‘Canes at Rebels

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WhoLethbridge Hurricanes at Red Deer Rebels
Where: ENMAX Centrium
When: 7:00pm puck drop
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Rebels in 2015/16: 2-0-0-0
Last Meeting: December 5th/2015 (6-2 Hurricanes in Lethbridge)

‘Canes Record: 23-11-0-0
‘Canes Home Record: 13-3-0-0
‘Canes Road Record: 10-8-0-0

Rebels Record: 23-11-0-0
Rebels Home Record: 
12-4-0-0
Rebels Road Record: 11-7-0-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Brayden Burke (9G, 41A, 50P)
Rebels Leading Scorer: Ivan Nikolishin (19G, 24A, 43P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes wrap up a marathon six game pre-Christmas road trip tonight at 7:00pm when they face the Rebels at the ENMAX Centrium in Red Deer in a first place showdown.

The Hurricanes are coming off a 3-1 victory Friday night in Edmonton over the Oil Kings. The victory improved their overall record of 23-11-0-0 and 10-8-0-0 on the road. It was the ‘Canes third straight victory and improved them to 4-1-0-0 through the first five of the road trip.

Ryley Lindgren scored his fifth game winning goal of the season while Barrett Sheen and Andrew Nielsen added the others in the win. Stuart Skinner was outstanding making 35 saves for his 13th win of the season; Skinner is now 4-1-0-0 lifetime in his hometown.

The Rebels are coming off a hard fought 5-4 win last night over the Kootenay Ice at home. Five different goal scorers lit the lamp while Rylan Toth made 22 saves in the victory. The win improved Red Deer’s record to a 23-11-0-0, an identical record of the Hurricanes.

Tonight’s game is the final game for both teams before the Christmas Break. The ‘Canes and Rebels enter action in a three-way tie with each other and Calgary for first in the Eastern Conference. The winner of tonight’s game will take possession of first place in the Conference.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Road Success: The Hurricanes wrap up a six game road trip tonight in a first place showdown against the Red Deer Rebels. The ‘Canes have posted an impressive 4-1-0-0 record in the first five games of the trip. The Hurricanes have averaged five goals per game as they have scored 25 goals on the trip scoring at least five in four of the first five games.

Rebel’s Yell: Dating back to last year, the Hurricanes have made like tough on the Rebels. The ‘Canes have won four consecutive games over the Rebels, including two in Red Deer (both coming last February). The ‘Canes have won both games this season, both in Lethbridge, by a combined score of 11-4.

Red Deer Point of View

Key Guys Gone: Unlike the Hurricanes, the Rebels have a handful of players away at camps for the World Junior Hockey Championship. Defenseman Haydn Fleury is representing Canada while forward Michael Spacek willl suit up for the Czech Republic.

Home Ice Advantage: Much like the Hurricanes, the Rebels have been great on home ice this season. Red Deer has posted a record of 12-4-0-0 at the ENMAX Centrium this season – second most home victories in the WHL only behind the ‘Canes.

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