GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Oil Kings

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WhoLethbridge Hurricanes vs. Edmonton Oil Kings
Where: ENMAX Centre
When: 6:00pm puck drop
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Oil Kings in 2015/16: 2-0-0-0
Last Meeting: December 18th/2015 (3-1 Hurricanes in Edmonton)

‘Canes Record: 35-12-0-0
‘Canes Home Record: 21-3-0-0
‘Canes Road Record: 14-9-0-0

Oil Kings Record: 19-22-6-1
Oil Kings Home Record: 
12-10-4-0
Oil Kings Road Record: 7-12-2-2-1

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Brayden Burke (18G, 55A, 73P)
Oil Kings Leading Scorer: Brett Pollock (18G, 32A, 50P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes wrap up their five game home stand tonight when they welcome the Edmonton Oil Kings at 6:00pm at the ENMAX Centre.

The Hurricanes will look for their 10th straight victory after winning their ninth straight with a 4-3 overtime win last night over the Moose Jaw Warriors. Tyler Wong scored the overtime winner while Brayden Burke led all scorers with a goal and three assists.

The Hurricanes enter tonight’s game with an overall record of 35-12-0-0 on the season and sit first place in the entire Western Hockey League. The ‘Canes are also 21-3-0-0 on home ice and have won eight straight at home.

The Oil Kings are coming off a 1-0 shutout victory over the Everett Silvertips at Rexall Place on Friday night. Edmonton was one of two teams in the WHL on Saturday to have the night off. The Oil Kings have won two straight after losing five in a row.

Tonight will be the third of six meetings on the season between the ‘Canes and Oil Kings, Lethbridge won the first two in Edmonton. The ‘Canes haven’t defeated Edmonton in Lethbridge since December 5th, 2012.

Tickets are still available, but are going fast. Secure your seats by calling (403) 329-SEAT or by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre.

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What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Potential First Round Match-Up: Heading into the weekend, the Hurricanes sit first in the WHL and Eastern Conference while the Oil Kings held down the final Wild Card playoff spot in the Conference. That means, tonight’s game could be a potential first round match up for the ‘Canes.

Final Home Game: Tonight the ‘Canes will wrap up a season-long five game home stand when they take on the Oil Kings. The ‘Canes have been fantastic on the home stand so far. The Hurricanes are the best home team in the WHL, in fact the next best team is Kelowna who has 18 home ice wins.

Edmonton Point of View

Transition Year: It’s been a transition year for the Edmonton Oil Kings. Two years removed from their Memorial Cup Championship, the Oil Kings are under five-hundred coming into tonight’s game. The OK’s are battling with the Medicine Hat Tigers and Regina Pats for those two Wild Card playoff spots.

Pollock Shining: Brett Pollock, who is one of just six players remaining from the 2014 Memorial Cup team, is having his best year yet. The 19-year-old, who recently signed his first NHL contract with the Dallas Stars, had 49 points (18g-31a) in 47 games going into the weekend. Last year Pollock had 62 points (32g-30a) in 70 games.

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