‘Canes vs. Blades in 2015/16: 2-0-0-0
Last Meeting: December 16th/2015 (7-4 Hurricanes in Saskatoon)
‘Canes Record: 37-16-0-0
‘Canes Home Record: 23-3-0-0
‘Canes Road Record: 14-13-0-0
Blades Record: 8-40-4-0
Blades Home Record: 6-17-3-0
Blades Road Record: 2-23-1-0
‘Canes Leading Scorer: Brayden Burke (19G, 57A, 76P)
Blades Leading Scorer: Connor Gay (16G, 35A, 51P)
The Lethbridge Hurricanes return to action tonight when they welcome the Saskatoon Blades at the ENMAX Centre at 7:00pm.
The ‘Canes have dropped four of their last five games after a 2-0 loss Saturday night in Kootenay to the Ice. The Hurricanes ran into a hot goaltender as Wyatt Hoflin made 31 saves in that game shutting down the ‘Canes offense. Jayden Sittler was strong making 31 saves himself in the losing cause.
The loss dropped the Hurricanes road record to 14-13-0-0 on the season and their overall record to 37-16-0-0 on the year. The ‘Canes still remain first place in the Eastern Conference with 74 points, two points better than the Brandon Wheat Kings.
The Blades are coming off a convincing 7-1 victory last night in Medicine Hat against the Tigers. Luke Gingras scored a hat-trick in the win while three other players had multiple point nights. Saskatoon is 19-30-4-0 on the season and sit 11 points back of the Regina Pats for the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.
Tonight will be the third meeting of the season between the Hurricanes and the Blades, Lethbridge has won the first two and six straight against Saskatoon dating back to last season.
Lethbridge Point of View
Busy Stretch: Tonight is the first of a very busy stretch for the Hurricanes. The ‘Canes will play four games in the next five nights and five games over the next eight day stretch. That includes a three-in-three weekend this weekend.
Sputtering Power Play: The league’s best power play has been sputtering as of late. In their last nine games, the ‘Canes PP has gone 2/32 for a conversion rate of a dismal 6.3 percent. On the other hand, the PK has been lights out going 3/34 for a kill rate of 91.2 percent in their last ten outings.
Saskatoon Point of View
Gay Leading the Way: Connor Gay is having a great overage season for the Blades. The 20-year-old leads the Blades in scoring with 51 points (16g-35a) in 51 games this year. The Saskatoon product is just ten points shy of matching his career high of 61 points last season.
Big Win: The Blades are coming off a massive 7-1 win last night in Medicine Hat against the Tigers. Saskatoon was led by Luke Gingras who netted a hat-trick in the victory. It was the Blades 19th victory of the season matching their entire season output from a year ago.