|Winnipeg ICE (8-4-0-0) @ Saskatoon Blades (9-2-1-0)
Save-On-Foods Game Day Preview
The Saskatoon Blades look to put an end to a recent slump as they begin the second half of the campaign.
The Blades relinquished their position atop the East Division on Sunday night, falling to the now-first-place Brandon Wheat Kings 3-1.
This was Saskatoon’s second straight setback following a seven-game winning streak. Alternate captain Caiden Daley scored the lone marker — his fifth of the season — which was followed up with three unanswered goals by the Wheaties.
Winnipeg enters the Brandt Centre on the heels of back-to-back victories, and have won seven of the last 10.
Tale of the Tape
This is the third meeting of four between the two divisional foes. Saskatoon’s earned three of a possible four points against the ICE so far, earning a 3-2 regulation victory six days ago.
Winnipeg handed the Blades their only loss through their first 10 games, which came in overtime by a 2-1 score on March 17th. Both previous contests featured tight defensive play and strong goaltending on either side.
Veteran netminder Nolan Maier earned his record-setting 86th career victory against the ICE on March 31st, stopping 29 of 31 shots.
Stretching beyond this season, the ICE hold the advantage over the Blades, winning four of five meetings last season.
Who to Watch
Veteran captain Chase Wouters returns from a three-game suspension tonight, and is sure to add another level of firepower and leadership to the Blades lineup.
The Lloydminster, AB centreman rejoins the team riding a four-game scoring streak, notching nine points (4G-5A) in that time.
Wouters was suspended for three games due to a cross-checking major following last Monday’s victory against Prince Albert.
Alternate captain Caiden Daley has the only Blades goal over the last two games, coming on the powerplay in the opening period against Brandon on Sunday.
Daley is up to 10 points (5G-5A) in 12 games this season, sitting sixth in team scoring.
San Jose Sharks prospect Tristen Robins is enjoying a strong campaign so far. The 2001-born centreman sits second in team-scoring with 14 points (6G-8A) and leads the club with three powerplay goals.
Over the last four games, Robins has collected five points (1G-4A), including a three-point performance last Monday against the Raiders.
His recent surge up the scoring charts earned Robins a place on the East Division’s Team of the Week presented by RE/MAX.
The Clear Lake, MB product is the lone NHL draft pick on the team — selected in the 2nd round (56th overall) by the San Jose Sharks last fall.
Higher for Maier
Veteran goaltender Nolan Maier inked his name into Blades lore Wednesday night, earning his seventh victory of the season and record-setting 86th of his career.
This passes the previous record, set by Tim Cheveldae 33 years ago. This is far from the only record in reach for the Yorkton, SK product, however.
The career-Blade needs one more shutout to match Andrey Makarov’s record of nine, and is 33 starts away from catching Braden Holtby’s record for most games (177).
Ecologik Game Day 50/50…
24 games mean 24 chances to win a hefty cash prize through our Ecologik Game Day 50/50!
Purchase your tickets online beginning 1 hour prior to puck drop for every Blades game during the 2021 season. Participants must be of legal age to purchase and live in the Saskatoon area to purchase. Tickets are:
- 1 for $10
- 10 for $20
- 30 for $30
You know the drill: winner takes half the pot and the other half goes towards the Saskatoon Blades Player Education Fund.
Need to Know
Love winning as much as we do? Download the Blades official mobile app, powered by SaskTel, and try your hand at some of our in-app games!
You have the chance to win a Hockey Gives Blood prize pack if you correctly predict the player who scores our first goal! Or put your puzzle-solving skills to the test with our photo scramble, featuring a new player and photo every game day.
The Blades official app has so much more to offer, giving our fans a new, interactive way to engage with their favourite team this season. It’s available to download on Apple and Android devices!