GAME DAY PREVIEW: Blades open roadie in Lethbridge
|Saskatoon Blades (5-7-1-0) at Lethbridge Hurricanes (7-6-0-0)|
|Date | Time||Wednesday, Nov. 1 | 7:00 p.m.|
|Location||Lethbridge, AB | Enmax Centre|
|Video Stream||WHL Live|
|Radio||92.9 The Bull FM | Pre-Game Show w/ Les Lazaruk @6:30pm|
|Mobile App||Apple | Android|
|Live Stats||Click Here|
|Next Home Game||Friday, Nov. 10th vs Swift Current (Salute to Veterans/Military Night)|
|Social Media||@BladesHockey | Facebook | Instagram|
Tonight – The Saskatoon Blades begin a three game road trip in Lethbridge tonight for their first meeting of the season with the Hurricanes. After a pair of wins last weekend, Saskatoon is looking to carry the momentum into Alberta with hopes of reaching a 500 record. Goaltender Ryan Kubic is coming off back-to-back 1st star performances, while Saskatoon’s offense has posted 4 goals in each of their last two games; led by veteran centre Cam Hebig (12G-7A-19pts). Rookie Tyler Lees scored in both of his first two games last weekend, both goals being game winners.
The opponent – The Canes are in the midst of 7 game home stand, but come into tonight’s game after allowing 7 goals against Seattle on Sunday in a 7-4 loss. It was the first and only game of the season Lethbridge did not have veteran netminder Stuart Skinner between the pipes. The Blades will need to keep an eye on Jordy Bellerive who is on an 8-game point streak. The Hurricanes also bring in the 3rd best power play in the league, so attention to discipline will be crucial.
For Saskatoon – Captain Evan Fiala said it best… “we haven’t done anything yet”. The 2 wins over the weekend were a big boost in the Blades room in terms of confidence, but the team knows they still have work to do to get out of the basement of the East Division. Shutting down and limiting the Lethbridge power play will be a good start. Ryan Kubic will need to out duel his counterpart in Stuart Skinner, and the offense has to keep producing beyond Cam Hebig. Braylon Shmyr, who is 2nd on the Blades for points, has been held to just 1 assist in his last 4 outings. Watch for Shmyr to burst out of this mild slump soon. The road hasn’t been an issue for the Blades this season going 3-2-1 away from SaskTel Centre, but scoring first does seem to be a factor. The Blades have just one win when giving up the first goal, so jumping out to an early lead will be helpful.
The Lineup – Don’t expect an overhaul on the lines after back-to-back wins, but some changes will be made. The Blades moved d-man Jantzen Leslie to Edmonton on Monday in a trade with the Oil Kings, and 16-year-old centre, Kirby Dach is away representing Team Canada Black at the World U17 Challenge. Logan Doust has been called up to fill the void left by Dach, but the blue line shouldn’t change barring injuries with 6 d-men on the roster now.
F Logan Christensen – upper body, 3-5 weeks
F Caleb Fantillo – upper body, week-to-week
F Brandon Machado – upper body, day-to-day
Download & view the full game notes: game notes at LETH Nov1
The next Blades home game is Friday, November 10th for Salute our Veterans & Forces Night versus the Swift Current Broncos. Click here for tickets or call 306.975.8844 to book your group night or experience package!