GAME DAY: ‘Canes at Rebels

GameDayPreviewGame41-RedDeerThe Match Up

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: 3-0-0-0
Last Meeting: December 19th/2015 (6-1 Hurricanes in Red Deer)

‘Canes Record: 28-12-0-0
‘Canes Home Record: 16-3-0-0
‘Canes Road Record: 12-9-0-0

Rebels Record: 28-13-0-0
Rebels Home Record: 
14-5-0-0
Rebels Road Record: 14-8-0-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Brayden Burke (11G, 47A, 58P)
Rebels Leading Scorer: Ivan Nikolishin (24G, 35A, 59P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes travel to Red Deer to face the Rebels tonight at 7:00pm at the ENMAX Centrium in the fourth meeting of the season between the leaders in the Eastern Conference.

The Hurricanes are coming off a 5-2 victory on Wednesday night over the Swift Current Broncos at the ENMAX Centre. Giorgio Estephan scored twice in the victory to extend his point and goal scoring streak to six games. Ryley Lindgren added his 19th goal of the season and league-leading seventh game winning goal.

The victory was the ‘Canes league-leading 16th home ice victory and improved their record to 28-12-0-0 to keep pace with the Rebels atop the Eastern Conference.

The Rebels enter tonight’s game on a four game winning streak after picking up a pair of victories on Tuesday and Wednesday in Prince Albert and Saskatoon. The Rebels have outscored their opposition 19-3 in their last three games with shutouts over Saskatoon and Brandon.

The Hurricanes are 3-0-0-0 versus Red Deer this season outscoring them 17-5 in the three contests. The ‘Canes have won five straight games against the Rebels dating back to last year and have been victorious in their last three visits to Red Deer.

The last meeting was December 19th when the ‘Canes handed the Rebels a 6-1 loss in Red Deer to head into the Christmas break. The winner of tonight’s game will take sole possession in the Eastern Conference as both teams enter with 56 points on the year.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Top 10, Again: The Hurricanes again have cracked the CHL’s BMO Top 10 rankings for the fourth straight week as they were listed at #7 for Week 15, a one spot improvement over their #8 ranking from Week 14. The ‘Canes were also listed in Weeks 8, 12, 13, 14, and 15 and were named an Honourable Mention in the Week 6 edition of the Top 10.

Giorgio-so-good: Third year forward Giorgio Estephan has having a career year. The Buffalo Sabres draft pick is currently riding a six game goal scoring streak having scored nine goals in that span. The Edmonton product has goals in nine of his last 11 games and is one goal and one point shy of matching his career highs in both categories from last season.

Red Deer Point of View

Loading Up: The Rebels have begun, and may have finished, their Memorial Cup load up. Since December 27th, Red Deer have acquired forwards Jake DeBrusk, Adam Helewka and Luke Philp to their roster. The three combined for 116 goals last season.

Toth Finding His Game: A lot of people feel that the weak point of the Rebels is their goaltending, but their bonified number one goalie Rylan Toth is proving critics wrong. The netminder has two shutouts in his last three games and has a .919 save percentage over his last seven decisions. That said, Toth has dropped four straight games to the ‘Canes posting a .869 save percentage and a 3.82 goals against average versus Lethbridge.

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