|Saskatoon Blades (41-14-8-0) at Moose Jaw Warriors (35-18-6-2)
Tale of the Tape
Saskatoon Blades(41-14-8-0 – 90pts)
2nd – East Division 2nd – Eastern Conference
PP– 60/274 = 21.9% (11th in WHL)
PK– 174/216 = 80.6% (7th in WHL)
Last 5: (4-1-0-0) Streak: (4-0-0-0)
Moose Jaw Warriors (35-18-6-2 – 78pts)
3rd – East Division 5th – Eastern Conference
PP– 63/225 = 28% (2nd in WHL)
PK– 156/196 = 79.6% (9th in WHL)
Last 5: (3-2-0-0) Streak: (1-0-0-0)
Is most likely a preview of the first round playoff matchup between the Blades and Warriors, and will no doubt have both teams looking to set the tone. It’s game 5 of a 6-game season series with a chance for Saskatoon to clinch home ice in the first round of the playoffs with a win in any fashion tonight. The Blades enter on a 4-game winning streak and winners of 11 of their last 12 games. Meanwhile, the Warriors are feeling good after a 4-2 win on Saturday over the league leading Prince Albert Raiders. They can clinch their playoff spot with a win tonight and a loss by the Brandon Wheat Kings who are also in action in Cranbrook against the Kootenay ICE.
The last game…
Nolan Maier made 17 saves for his 2nd consecutive shutout and 4th of the season as the Saskatoon Blades shutout the Red Deer Rebels at home on Sunday 1-0. Cyle McNabb (7) scored the only goal.
Head to head…
Saskatoon leads the season series 3-1. The Blades are 5/15 on the power play in the series, and 4/11 on the penalty kill. Kirby Dach leads the Blades offensively with 5 points… Tristan Langan leads MJ also with 5 points in the season series.
Nolan Maier is coming off back-to-back shutouts over the weekend and has won 8 of his last 9 starts, Ryan Hughes has 13 points in his last 8 games, Kirby Dach has 6 points in his last 3GP, and Riley McKay has 4 points in his last 4 games.
Download & view the full game notes: game notes vs MJ Mar5
Next home action for the Blades is a weekend double header beginning on Saturday for Don Cherry Night against the Swift Current Broncos at 7:00pm at SaskTel Centre. On Sunday, Moose Jaw returns to Saskatoon for the final tune up before the inevitable first round playoff matchup with the Blades.