GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Blades

2016-2017-game-day-preview-graphic-bladesgame19-saskatoonThe Match Up

WhoLethbridge Hurricanes vs. Saskatoon Blades
Where: ENMAX Centre
When: 6:00pm puck drop
Listen: 106.7 ROCK
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Blades in 2015/16: 4-0-0-0
Last Regular Season Meeting: March 4th/2016 (Hurricanes 10-3 in Saskatoon)

‘Canes Record: 7-8-1-2
‘Canes Home Record: 5-3-1-0
‘Canes Road Record: 2-5-0-2

Blades Record: 8-11-1-0
Blades Home Record: 
3-3-1-0
Blades Road Record: 5-8-0-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Ryley Lindgren (7G, 14A, 21P)
Blades Leading Scorer: Mason McCarty (13G, 5A, 18P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes return to action after a week off tonight as they welcome the Saskatoon Blades at the ENMAX Centre on Military Appreciation Night at 6:00pm.

The Hurricanes (7-8-1-2) have not played since a 7-3 loss last Saturday in Vancouver to the Giants. Despite not playing in the last seven days, the ‘Canes have been busy having made a big trade with the Moose Jaw Warriors trading Brayden Burke to the Warriors in exchange for Ryan Bowen and two draft picks. The ‘Canes will look to get back in the win column tonight in the first of a two game home stand.

The Hurricanes will not have Bowen in the lineup tonight as he is sidelined with an upper-body injury. The ‘Canes will however insert Lethbridge product Connor Lyons who’s been called up from the Lethbridge Midget AAA Hurricanes. As well, Dylan Cozens will make his WHL debut tonight as he’s been called up from the Yale Hockey Academy.

The Blades (8-11-1-0) are coming off a 6-3 loss last night in Medicine Hat to the Tigers. Former Hurricanes defenseman Bryton Sayers and Braylon Shmyr each had a goal and one assist in the losing cause. Tonight will be the final of a three game road trip for the Blades.

Tonight is the first of four meetings on the season between the Hurricanes and the Blades. Lethbridge has won eight straight games against Saskatoon dating back to the 2014-2015 season. Tickets can be purchased online, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7329) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre or Yates Ticket Centres.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

WHL Debut: The Hurricanes will insert 15-year-old Dylan Cozens into the lineup tonight as the former first round pick from last May’s WHL Bantam Draft will make his debut. Cozens has appeared in 10 games this season with the Yale Hockey Academy registering over a point per game.

Saska-tooled: Tonight will be the first of four meetings this season between the Hurricanes and the Blades. The ‘Canes have dominated Saskatoon in recent years having won eight straight match ups heading into play tonight. In those eight wins, the ‘Canes have outscored the Blades 49-20, an average of 5.88 to 2.50.

Saskatoon Point of View

McCarty Rippin’: Blackie, Alberta product Mason McCarty is having a nice start to his 19-year-old season. The veteran forward enters play tonight with 13 goals in 20 games so far this season and is on pace to score 47 markers. He currently fourth in the WHL in goals. McCarty had 18 goals last season in 64 games.

Veteran D: The Blades made a move on Saturday acquiring 19-year-old rearguard Jordan Henderson from the Spokane Chiefs in exchange for a sixth round draft pick. It is expected that Henderson may make his Blades debut tonight.

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