GAME DAY: ‘Canes at Pats

2016-2017-game-day-preview-graphic-patsgame11-reginaThe Match Up

WhoLethbridge Hurricanes at Regina Pats
Where: Brandt Centre
When: 7:00pm puck drop
Listen: 106.7 ROCK
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Pats in 2016/17: 0-1-0-0
Last Regular Season Meeting: October 15th/2016 (Pats 7-2 in Lethbridge)

‘Canes Record: 5-3-1-1
‘Canes Home Record: 4-2-1-0
‘Canes Road Record: 1-1-0-1

Pats Record: 6-0-3-0
Pats Home Record: 
3-0-3-0
Pats Road Record: 3-0-0-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Ryley Lindgren (7G, 8A, 15P)
Pats Leading Scorer: Sam Steel (7G, 10A, 17P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes begin a three-game East Division road trip tonight as they visit the Regina Pats at the Brandt Centre in a rematch of Saturday night’s tilt at the ENMAX Centre.

The Hurricanes (5-3-1-1) dropped a 7-2 decision on Saturday to the Pats at home. The ‘Canes led 2-0 in the second period only to see the Pats score seven unanswered goals en route to the lopsided victory. The Hurricanes are 1-1-0-1 on the road this season – their lone victory coming in Spokane two Friday’s ago.

The Pats (6-0-3-0) are the only team in the Western Hockey League not to have lost a game in regulation thus far in the season. Regina has won two straight games and is 3-0-3-0 on home ice this season. The Pats boasts a league-best offence averaging a WHL-leading 4.89 goals per game.

Tonight is the second of four meetings on the season between the Hurricanes and the Pats. Tune into 106.7 ROCK starting at 6:45pm with Dustin Forbes to hear the game.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Overage Impessing: Hurricanes forward Ryley Lindgren is off to a great start in his final year in the WHL. The Manitoba product leads the Hurricanes in scoring entering play tonight with 15 points (7g-8a) in 10 games. Lindgren has points in three straight games and seven of his last eight outings. Lindgren leads the WHL in points by 20-year-olds.

Nemesis: It seems that the Regina Pats are the Lethbridge Hurricanes biggest nemesis. Not only are they a rival, but the Pats have had the ‘Canes number – and bad. Regina has posted a 10-2-1-0 record against the Hurrianes in the last five years and the Pats have won eight of ten meetings – playoffs included – since the beginning of last year.

Regina Point of View

Great Start: The Pats are off to a great start to the new season having posted a 6-0-3-0 record through nine games after a 7-2 win on Saturday in Lethbridge. Regina is the only team in the WHL yet to lose a game in regulation. They are 3-0-3-0 at the Brandt Centre.

Tough as Steel: Anaheim Ducks first round pick from last year’s NHL Entry Draft, Sam Steel, has been excellent since returning from NHL camp. Steel has racked up a league-leading 17 points (7g-10a) in just seven games thus far. If he was to appear in the maximum of 70 games for Regina at that pace he’d rack up 170 points (70g-100a) — that probably won’t happen, but it’s a hell of a start.

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One thought on “GAME DAY: ‘Canes at Pats

  1. You could have also just written, “Men against boys, part 2.”

    Regina was awesome in Lethbridge. Dominated the majority of the game. Canes only had a 2-0 lead because they were playing with a man advantage for about half that time. Even so, the Pats had more frequent and better scoring chances during that time, and they pretty much dominated the less-than-eager Canes.

    If Regina plays the same, the score differential will likely be worse for the Canes tonight. It doesn’t really matter how many penalties they take, cause almost guaranteed that Wagner will have more scoring chances during the Canes PP than the Canes will.

    Not looking forward to this one.

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