The Saskatoon Blades (13-13-0-1)are back on home ice tonight as they take on the red-hot Spokane Chiefs (20-7-1-0). Tonight’s game marks the first raincheck night of the season for the Blades.
The Blades return home after a trip last weekend in Alberta that saw them shutout the Calgary Hitmen 4-0 on Friday, before finishing up the trip with a 3-0 loss in Red Deer against the Rebels on Saturday. The loss ended Saskatoon’s short 2-game winning streak, but they enter tonight’s game playing arguably their best hockey of the season as they sit with 6 wins in their past 10 games.
The return home for Saskatoon is a welcomed one as the Blades play only their 10th home game of the season tonight, which is by far the fewest of any team in the Western Hockey League. The team enters tonight with 3 wins and 6 losses on home this year, with their most recent home game being a 5-3 victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes last Tuesday night.
These teams met once last season, with the Chiefs beating the Blades 5-3 in Spokane on October 21st. In that game, Marek Kalus scored a pair of goals to pace the Chiefs offensively, while Mac Engel stopped 18 shots for the win in goal. For Saskatoon, Josh Nicholls, Michael Burns and Connor Cox scored with Darren Dietz adding an assist on each of the Blades goals. Between the pipes for Saskatoon, Andrey Makarov stopped 34 of 38 shots.
The Blades are also expected to have a pair of fresh faces in the lineup tonight. Earlier this week the Blades acquired defenceman Shayne Gwinner from the Prince Albert Raiders. He’s expected to suit up tonight, wearing #8 in his debut. Saskatoon is also hoping to return Brett Stovin to the lineup tonight. The 2nd year Blades forward was hurt earlier in November and has missed a total of 8 games with the upper body injury.
For a more complete breakdown of tonight’s meeting including more notes, stats and roster news visit our game note page here.
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