GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Oil Kings

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Game63-EdmontonThe Match Up

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

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‘Canes vs. Oil Kings in 2015/16: 3-0-1-0
Last Meeting: February 13th/2016 (4-3 OT Oil Kings in Edmonton)

‘Canes Record: 40-20-1-1
‘Canes Home Record: 25-6-0-1
‘Canes Road Record: 15-14-1-0

Oil Kings Record: 27-28-6-1
Oil Kings Home Record: 
16-11-4-0
Oil Kings Road Record: 11-17-2-1

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Brayden Burke (22G, 74A, 96P)
Oil Kings Leading Scorer: Brett Pollock (24G, 41A, 65P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes play the final of a three game home stand tonight when they welcome the Edmonton Oil Kings at 7:00pm at the ENMAX Centre.

The Hurricanes are reeling of late having dropped five straight games; the latest a 5-2 loss Friday night to the hands of the Brandon Wheat Kings. The Hurricanes finally saw production from Egor Babenko who had a goal and one assist in the loss. The ‘Canes held a 2-1 lead heading into the third period but surrendered four unanswered goals en route to the loss.

The Hurricanes have now dropped four consecutive games at home and are now 40-20-1-1 on the season. The Hurricanes sit just one point back of the Wheat Kings for first overall in the Eastern Conference.

The Oil Kings are coming off a 6-2 win last night in Cranbrook over the Kootenay Ice. Davis Koch and Lane Bauer each had three point games for Edmonton in their victory as both picked up a goal and two assists. It was an offensive outburst for the Oil Kings who have scored the fewest goals among the Eastern Conference playoff teams.

The Oil Kings have won two straight games and are 5-5-0-0 in their last ten games. Tonight will be the fifth of six meetings between the ‘Canes and OK’s – Lethbridge won the first three but Edmonton picked up a 4-3 overtime win in their last meeting two weeks ago.

The first 750 fans into the ENMAX Centre will receive limited edition 2015-2016 Lethbridge Hurricane hockey cards.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

 

Tough Schedule: It seems like since January 1st, the ‘Canes have been playing every other day. Tonight is the third game in four days for the Hurricanes. They’ll look to end a three game home stand on a positive note tonight against the Edmonton Oil Kings. Tonight will be the final game in the month of February; tonight included, the ‘Canes have played 13 games in the last 26 days.

Close to 100: Brayden Burke is having a tremendous season. The sophomore ‘Cane is inching closer to reaching the 100 point plateau. Heading into tonight, Burke has 96 points on the year. If he reaches the century mark, he’ll be the first Hurricane to do so since Jeremy Jackson registered 102 points in 2002-2003.

Edmonton Point of View

Two in a Row: The Oil Kings have won two straight games and are 5-5-0-0 in their last ten games after picking up a 6-2 win last night in Cranbrook over the Kootenay Ice. Lane Bauer and Davis Koch each had three points for the Oil Kings in their win last night.

Kings a Tough Test: The Oil Kings this year, while under five-hundred on the season, are a tough team to play. They are a scrappy bunch that works extremely hard and doesn’t allow much time and space for the opposition’s offence. The trouble for Edmonton, they just can’t score a lot.

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