GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Broncos

GameDayPreviewGame40-SwiftCurrentThe Match Up

WhoLethbridge Hurricanes vs. Swift Current Broncos
Where: ENMAX Centre
When: 7:00pm puck drop
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Broncos in 2015/16: 2-0-0-0
Last Meeting: October 23rd/2015 (3-2 OT Hurricanes in Lethbridge)

‘Canes Record: 27-12-0-0
‘Canes Home Record: 15-3-0-0
‘Canes Road Record: 12-9-0-0

Broncos Record: 12-22-4-1
Broncos Home Record: 
7-12-1-0
Broncos Road Record: 5-10-3-1

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Brayden Burke (11G, 45A, 56P)
Broncos Leading Scorer: Jon Martin (27G, 19A, 46P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes get set for a mid-week clash against the Swift Current Broncos tonight at the ENMAX Centre at 7:00pm.

The Hurricanes are coming off a 4-3 victory over the Calgary Hitmen on Saturday night at home. It was the ‘Canes 15th home ice victory this season; the most home wins in the entire Western Hockey League. Giorgio Estephan scored the game winner early in the third period to extend his person goal scoring and point scoring streak to five games while Stuart Skinner earned his 15th win of the season with 30 saves.

The Hurricanes enter play tonight with an overall record of 27-12-0-0 and 15-3-0-0 and are tied atop the Eastern Conference standings with the Red Deer Rebels with 54 points; the ‘Canes hold one game in hand on the Rebels.

The Broncos are reeling as of late and are selling off. In the last two weeks, the Broncos have made a trio of trades that have seen forward Jake DeBrusk and goaltender Landon Bow shipped out of town. In the return, the Broncos have added a number of players including Lane Pederson, Taz Burman and former ‘Cane Jamal Watson.

Swift Current currently sits 11th in the Eastern Conference standings with a record of 12-22-4-1 on the season and are on a two game losing streak after dropping a 3-1 decision to the Kootenay Ice on Sunday afternoon in Speedy Creek.

Tonight is the third of four meetings on the season, the ‘Canes have won the previous two. The two teams will complete the season series one week tonight in Swift Current.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Milestones: Andrew Nielsen will play in his 100th WHL game, all have come with the Hurricanes. In his 99 career games, Nielsen has collected 67 points (16g-51a). Carter Folk will appear in his 150th WHL game tonight. In his 149 games with the Hurricanes and Seattle Thunderbirds, Folk has accumulated 48 points (22g-26a) along with 257 penalty minutes.

Closing in on 30: With 27 wins on the season, the Hurricanes are just three wins away from cracking the 30-win plateau for the first time since 2008-2009. That was the last year the ‘Canes made the post-season. Over the last two years combined, the ‘Canes have collected just 32 victories. The Hurricanes are on pace for 50 victories this season; only once have they cracked 50 that was in 1989-1990 when they won 51.

Swift Current Point of View

Wheeling & Dealing: The Broncos have been wheeling and dealing the last few weeks. Swift Current kick started the trade market by dealing Jake DeBrusk to Red Deer. The Broncos have since made two separate trades with Seattle in the last two days, the biggest acquiring former ‘Cane Jamal Watson and Taz Burman for goalie Landon Bow.

Martin Dried Up: Despite remaining atop the WHL goal scoring lead with 27 goals, Broncos forward Jon Martin has dried up as of late. The overage forward, who enter this season with just 26 career goals in four season, has just scored once over his last seven games.

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