GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Rebels

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Game68-RedDeerThe Match Up

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

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‘Canes vs. Rebels in 2015/16: 4-0-0-0
Last Meeting: January 8th/2016 (4-3 SO Hurricanes in Red Deer)

‘Canes Record: 44-21-1-1
‘Canes Home Record: 26-6-0-1
‘Canes Road Record: 18-15-1-0

Rebels Record: 42-22-1-2
Rebels Home Record: 
22-8-1-2
Rebels Road Record: 20-14-0-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Brayden Burke (24G, 79A, 103P)
Rebels Leading Scorer: Ivan Nikolishin (31G, 48A, 79P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes kick off an important three-in-three weekend that includes a home-and-home with the Red Deer Rebels tonight at the ENMAX Centre at 7:00pm against the Rebels on ‘Fan Appreciation Night’.

The Hurricanes have won four of their last five games after getting back in the win column on Tuesday night in Cranbrook with a 7-2 victory over the Kootenay Ice. Ryan Vandervlis and Giorgio Estephan each had three points in the game while Jordy Bellerive netted a pair of goals in the win.

The win for the Hurricanes improved their record to 44-21-1-1 on the season as they trail the Eastern Conference leading Brandon Wheat Kings by just two points. The Hurricanes have a three point lead on the Rebels for first in the Central Division.

Red Deer meanwhile is on quite the tear having won five straight games heading into tonight while they have posted an impressive 7-3-0-0 record in their last ten games despite not having starting goaltender Rylan Toth.

The Hurricanes have already won the season series with the Rebels having won the first four meetings on the year outscoring Red Deer by a 21-8 margin. The ‘Canes have won six straight contests against the Rebels dating back to last year.

If the Hurricanes win both games against Red Deer this weekend, they can clinch the Central Division title for the first time since the Championship year of 1996-1997.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Turn On The Red Light: The Hurricanes are blazing the competition of late. In their last five games, the Hurricanes have scored a whopping 32 goals and have netted 42 in their last seven. Over the last five outings, the ‘Canes have been averaging 6.40 goals per game. In the same span, the ‘Canes have allowed an average of just 2.60 goals against.

 

As Big As They Come: Well, tonight and tomorrow may very well decide who wins the Central Division title. The Hurricanes have led the Central Division since December. The ‘Canes enter the weekend with a three point advantage on the Rebels for the Division title.

Red Deer Point of View

Rebels Rolling: When Rylan Toth went down with an injury, everybody thought the Rebels were toast. Well, quite the opposite. Trevor Martin has stepped into the starters roll and has done a great job. Red Deer has won five straight games and are 7-3-0-0 in their last ten games. In March, Martin has posted a 1.98 goals against average and a .928 save percentage.

Helewka’s Impact: The Rebels made a few big trades heading into the trade deadline to stack their roster for their Memorial Cup run this spring and the biggest impact has been made by Adam Helewka who has 22 goals and 37 points in 29 games since joining Red Deer from the Spokane Chiefs.

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