|Saskatoon Blades (17-14-1-1) @ Swift Current Broncos (13-15-4-1)
The Saskatoon Blades (17-14-1-1) visit Innovation Credit Union i-Plex in Swift Current after a nearly two-week hiatus to battle the Broncos (13-15-4-1).
It’ll be the first taste of action the Blades have seen since January 1st when they suffered a 4-1 loss at the hands of the Edmonton Oil Kings. Saskatoon originally was scheduled to play a home-and-home against the Regina Pats the weekend prior (Jan.7), (Jan. 8), but they were postponed due to COVID-19.
Each team has managed a win against one another this season. The Blades secured the first one (Nov, 3) 4-3 in the shootout. The next time up (Nov. 20) the Broncos blanked the Blades 3-0.
Swift Current on the other hand will not be going into this contest with as much rest. They lost two nights prior 3-2 in overtime against the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
Who to Watch:
Draft-eligible forward Brandon Lisowsky comes in at 87th on NHL Central Scouting’s midterm ranks, which were released earlier this week. The Port Coquitlam, BC product sits tied for first on the team with 19 goals this season, and collected his second hat-trick of the year on Dec. 30th against Prince Albert.
Alternate captain Tristen Robins is expected to return to the lineup after he was sidelined for the Blades’ New Year’s Day game vs. Edmonton. The San Jose Sharks prospect sits second in team scoring with 40 points (14G-26A) in 32 games.
Belarus-born forward Egor Sidorov notched Saskatoon’s lone marker on New Year’s Day — his first since returning to the lineup following the World Junior Division 1-A Championships. The draft-eligible winger leads the team in rookie scoring with eight goals and six assists for 14 points in 23 games.
On the Record:
While you wait and get hyped for the game, catch up with former three-year Blades captain Chase Wouters of the AHL’s Abbotsford Canucks.
Grab some grub and catch the game at Wendel Clark’s Classic Grill, where they’ll be live streaming all 34 away games this season! Look out for their gameday specials and enjoy the game at one of Saskatoon’s finest establishments. Boston Pizza is also streaming Blades games throughout the season!
Saves for Hunger
This season, The Saskatoon Blades have partnered with Nutrien to launch the “Saves for Hunger” Campaign. For every save a Blades netminder makes this season, Nutrien is donating $5 to a local organization. Blades goaltenders have made 950 saves so far, running the tally up to $4750 raised as the team heads into Swift Current.
Think you know who’ll score our first goal? Look for our First Goal Prediction Contest, brought to you by Boston Pizza, on all of our social media platforms! Good luck!