GAME DAY: ‘Canes at Thunderbirds

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game21-seattleThe Match Up

WhoLethbridge Hurricanes at Seattle Thunderbirds
Where: ShoWare Center
When: 8:30pm puck drop
Listen: 106.7 ROCK
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Thunderbirds in 2015/16: 1-0-0-0
Last Regular Season Meeting: November 6th/2015 (Hurricanes 5-2 in Lethbridge)

‘Canes Record: 7-10-1-2
‘Canes Home Record: 5-5-1-0
‘Canes Road Record: 2-5-0-2

Thunderbirds Record: 9-8-0-1
Thunderbirds Home Record: 
2-4-0-1
Thunderbirds Road Record: 7-4-0-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Ryley Lindgren (7G, 16A, 23P)
Thunderbirds Leading Scorer: Scott Eansor (8G, 10A, 14P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes kick off a three game in three night road trip tonight as they visit the Seattle Thunderbirds at 8:35pm Mountain Time.

The Hurricanes (7-10-1-2) have lost four straight games heading into action after dropping a 4-1 decision to the Kootenay Ice on Wednesday night at the ENMAX Centre. The Hurricanes outshot the Ice 41-33 in the game. Tanner Nagel scored his second goal of the season for the ‘Canes in the losing cause. The Hurricanes haven’t been great on the road so far this year as they’ve posted a 2-5-0-2 record away from home.

The Thunderbirds (9-8-0-1) are the reigning Western Conference Champions. The T-birds are coming off a 5-2 win in Spokane on Tuesday night over the Chiefs. Seattle enters play tonight with a home ice record of 2-4-0-1 on the season after going an impressive 29-5-2-0 record last year at ShoWare Center.

Tonight will be the only meeting of the season between the Hurricanes and the T-birds. It’s the first visit for the ‘Canes to Kent, Washington since February of 2015.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Light a Spark: The Hurricanes are in desperate need of finding a spark to right the ship. After their loss on Wednesday to the Kootenay Ice, the ‘Canes have posted a 2-8-1-1 record in their last ten games after a 5-2-0-1 start to the season. Here’s hoping this trip will spark some fire.

PK Struggling: The Hurricanes have been very inconsistent on the penalty kill this season. Entering play tonight, the ‘Canes have the worst ranked penalty kill in the 22-team WHL. The ‘Canes have allowed 24 goals against on the PK on 83 opportunities, a 71.1% kill rate. It’s even worse on the road as the ‘Canes only kill at 65% away from home.

Seattle Point of View

Early Christmas Gift: The Thunderbirds got an early Christmas gift from the New York Islanders last week as the NHL club announced that they had re-assigned forward Mathew Barzal to the T-Birds. The former first round draft pick of the Isles appeared in two NHL games this year. He had 88 points last season in 58 games and has three assists in two games since returning to Seattle.

Home Ice, Not An Advantage: Much like the Hurricanes, the Thunderbirds were unflappable last year on home ice racking up a WHL-best 29-5-2-0 at the ShoWare Center. This season, so far, not so good. The T-birds has posted a 2-4-0-1 record at home through seven home games. ‘Birds have played 11 road games.

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