GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Hitmen

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Game58-CalgaryThe Match Up

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

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‘Canes vs. Hitmen in 2015/16: 3-1-0-0
Last Meeting: February 14th/2016 (4-2 Hurricanes in Calgary)

‘Canes Record: 40-16-1-0
‘Canes Home Record: 25-3-0-0
‘Canes Road Record: 15-13-1-0

Hitmen Record: 32-21-1-2
Hitmen Home Record: 
18-8-1-0
Hitmen Road Record: 14-13-0-2

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Brayden Burke (20G, 66A, 86P)
Hitmen Leading Scorer: Radel Fazleev (16G, 36A, 52P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes get back at it tonight as they welcome the Calgary Hitmen at the ENMAX Centre at 7:00pm on ‘Unused Season Ticket Exchange’ night.

The Hurricanes are coming off an impressive weekend that saw them collect five out of a possible six points with wins over the Tri-City Americans and Hitmen, as well as an overtime loss in Edmonton against the Oil Kings.

The Hurricanes doubled up Calgary on Sunday afternoon at Scotiabank Saddledome by a 4-2 score. Jordy Bellerive had a breakout game leading all scorers with a three-point effort (1g-2a). Colton Kroeker scored his first as a Hurricane in the victory while also adding an assist.

The win on Sunday was the ‘Canes 40th of the season as they improved to 40-16-1-0 on the year; it’s the first time since 2007-2008 that the Hurricanes have won 40 or more games.

The Hitmen enter play tonight sitting third place in the Central Division with a record of 32-21-1-2 on the season. Calgary current sits 14 points behind the Hurricanes in the standings.

A single point tonight against the Hitmen, or a Swift Current loss of any kind against Saskatoon, and the Hurricanes will officially clinch a playoff berth for the first time in six seasons.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

40!: Wow! Can you believe it? February 14th and the Hurricanes earned their 40th victory of the season. Yes, 40! The 4-2 win against the Hitmen on Sunday, which was the ‘Canes first win at Scotiabank Saddledome since December 28th, 2012, helped the ‘Canes to the mark. It’s the first time since 2007-2008 the ‘Canes have reached 40 wins, that year they had 45.

Clinch Time: It’s only February 17th, but the Hurricanes can mathematically clinch a playoff spot today. A single point, or a Swift Current loss to Saskatoon of any kind, overtime included, will guarantee the ‘Canes a playoff berth for the first time in six years. If the Broncos won their remaining games, they’d only be able to get to 81 points, the ‘Canes already have 81 points.

Calgary Point of View

Another Match-Up: After knocking off the Calgary Hitmen on Sunday afternoon, the ‘Canes host the Hitmen tonight in the second of three meetings this week against Calgary. The ‘Canes won have won both games against Calgary in Lethbridge this season. The two teams will complete the season series on Saturday at the ‘Dome.

Mr. Bean: Hitmen sophomore rearguard Jake Bean has had an amazing second season in the WHL. After 39 points (5g-34a) in 51 games last season as a 16-year-old, the draft eligible defenseman, who is ranked 13th on the NHL midterm rankings, has 50 points (21g-29a) in 54 games this year.

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