GAME DAY: ‘Canes at Hitmen

GameDayPreviewGame38-CalgaryThe Match Up

WhoLethbridge Hurricanes at Calgary Hitmen
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome
When: 7:00pm puck drop
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live


‘Canes vs. Hitmen in 2015/16: 1-0-0-0
Last Meeting: December 2nd/2015 (6-4 OT Hurricanes in Lethbridge)

‘Canes Record: 26-11-0-0
‘Canes Home Record: 14-3-0-0
‘Canes Road Record: 12-8-0-0

Hitmen Record: 24-13-1-1
Hitmen Home Record: 
Hitmen Road Record: 12-9-0-1

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Brayden Burke (9G, 44A, 53P)
Hitmen Leading Scorer: Radel Fazleev (14G, 28A, 42P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes hit the road for a game tonight in Calgary at Scotiabank Saddledome against the Calgary Hitmen at 7:00pm.

The Hurricanes sit two points better than the Hitmen atop the Eastern Conference after picking up a 5-2 victory last night at home against the Medicine Hat Tigers. The Hurricanes were led by Tyler Wong and Giorgio Estephan who each had three point games. Stuart Skinner was strong making 43 saves for his 14th victory of the year.

The win for the ‘Canes improved their overall record to 26-11-0-0 and their home ice record to 14-3-0-0. The Hurricanes have won six straight games and 13 of their last 15 outings.

Meanwhile, Calgary is coming off a Sunday-Monday sweep of the Kootenay Ice. The Hitmen enter play tonight with a record of 24-13-1-1 on the season and sit second in the Central Division with a total of 50 points.

Tonight will be the second of six meetings on the season between the ‘Canes and Hitmen, Lethbridge won the first one 6-4 back on December 2nd. Tonight will also be the first of a home-and-home series between the two as the ‘Canes will host the Hitmen on Saturday at the ENMAX Centre.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

2015 Success: In 72 games during the calendar year of 2015, the Hurricanes have posted an overall record of 37-32-2-1 accumulating a total of 77 points. The ‘Canes were 20-14-1-1 on home ice and 15-18-1-0 away from home during 2015. The Hurricanes are 26-11-0-0 in the 2015-2016 season.

Road Success: The Hurricanes wrapped up a stretch of seven straight games on the road on Sunday with a 5-4 overtime win in Medicine Hat. In the seven games, the ‘Canes posted an impressive 6-1-0-0 record. The ‘Canes picked up wins in Brandon, Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Red Deer and Medicine Hat. On the trip, the ‘Canes scored a total of 36 goals (5.14 avg.).

Calgary Point of View

Big Guys Missing: The Hitmen are without their leading scorer Radel Fazleev and their top defenseman in Travis Sanheim. Both are attending the World Junior Championship in Helsinki, Finland. Sanheim is playing with Team Canada while Fazleev is representing Team Russia. Both are Philadelphia Flyer draft picks.

Porter Stopping Pucks: The Hitmen made a big trade with the Vancouver Giants back in October when they acquired forwards Jackson Houck, Jakub Stukel and goaltender Cody Porter. Porter has been great for the Hitmen. In 20 games with Calgary, the netminder has posted an impressive 14-3-1-0 record with a 2.73 goals against average and a .892 save percentage.


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