The Hurricanes play host to a struggling Calgary Hitmen team this evening which has lost nine consecutive games and sits at the bottom of the Western Hockey League standings with only four wins in 17 games this season. A losing streak like this is uncharted waters for a Calgary team that has been consistently one of the top major junior teams in the CHL the past few seasons. It appears the Hitmen are feeling that junior hockey cycle that most teams, at one point or another face.
As for the Hurricanes they're coming off three straight victories in back-to-back-to-back nights last weekend. It's the best stretch of hockey I've seen this team play in well over a year and I think it's just what the doctored ordered for this group. Last weekend a number of good things happened, besides the three wins obviously. Their power play started to click, lots of shots on goal from pretty much all over, again solid penalty killing, and a hard working attitude which was pretty evident in those three wins. They also rebounded from a very lop-sided loss to their biggest rivals in Medicine Hat. Not to mention, a couple of victories on home-ice at the ENMAX Centre which before Saturday had not been too kind to the Hurricanes.
The Canes' are 9-6-0-3 heading into this game and will try and string together four straight wins for the first time since December of 2008. Although the Calgary Hitmen haven't won a game in a very long time, that doesn't mean the Canes' can take them lightly. They must put out the same effort against Calgary as they did against the Tigers, Blazers, and the ICE. These can be very dangerous games too. Calgary will be a desperate group looking for that taste of victory again. The Hurricanes are looking to keep a good thing going.
After tonight, the Hurricanes will hit the road tomorrow and set up shop in Moose Jaw for a couple of nights. They'll play the Wheat Kings in Brandon on Friday and in Moose Jaw Saturday before returning home for the next few weeks.
Game time tonight from the ENMAX Centre is 7:00 pm (MST). The pre-game show on CJOC at 6:30.
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