The Canes' are coming off a goal scoring fest in a 7-4 victory on Tuesday against the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors. It was the Hurricanes first regulation win in a few weeks as they hope to get back on track before the WHL's Christmas break hits next weekend. This will be the first of two meetings this year between the Hurricanes and Bruins. The two clubs will play again in Chilliwack near the end of the season on March 2nd.
The Bruins currently sit out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference and sit in 10th place, but they are very much in the mix in what is an extremely tight race. Going into action tonight, there are just 5 points separating the 2nd place Vancouver Giants and the 10th place Chilliwack Bruins in the West. This is shaping up to be the closest playoff race the Western Conference has seen in a very long time and if this keeps up right until the last weekend of the regular season, there is going to be two very upset teams that will just miss post-season play. Chilliwack is one game above the .500 mark right now and like the Hurricanes have 29 points on the season. The Bruins are lead by Ryan Howse and Roman Horak who have 36 and 34 points respectively. Chilliwack has 3 wins it's passed 10 games, while Lethbridge has two wins in it's passed 10 overall.
Things are certainly close in the East too, but not as tight as in the West, at least not at the moment. Saskatoon, Kootenay, Red Deer, and Medicine Hat are battling for the top four spots. Just behind are the Moose Jaw Warriors and Swift Current Broncos who are close to being part of that group near the top and just a few points back of those two teams in another group are Lethbridge, Edmonton, Prince Albert, and Brandon. Regina is just a few points behind the Wheat Kings while the Calgary Hitmen sit at the bottom. It will most definitely be a fun second half in both conferences if things remain to be as close as they are.
Tonight game is a 7:00 pm (MST) start. The pre-game show on CJOC at 6:30. The Hurricanes will host Medicine Hat Sunday night.
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