TUESDAY'S WHL MATCH-UPSTue Feb 5
RAIDERS WELCOME OIL KINGS – Josh Morrissey and the Prince Albert Raiders (30-18-1-3) take on Henrik Samuelsson and the Edmonton Oil Kings (38-11-2-3) for a match-up between Division leaders in Western Hockey League action on Tuesday.
The Raiders are coming off a 2-0 shutout win over the visiting Calgary Hitmen on Saturday night for their 15th home-ice victory of the season, and currently sit atop the East Division standings. The Raiders’ power play ranks 20th in the WHL while their penalty killing unit ranks 11th. Morrissey is tied for 10th among all WHL defencemen in scoring with 35 points.
The Oil Kings posted a 6-0 shutout victory in Medicine Hat on Saturday for their second straight shutout win and eighth straight win overall, and currently hold down top spot in the Central Division and Eastern Conference. The Oil Kings have won five of their last six road games. Samuelsson leads the Oil Kings with 27 goals and 65 points.
It’s the fourth and final meeting of the regular season between the Raiders and Oil Kings. The Raiders won all three previous meetings versus Edmonton this season.
Elsewhere on Tuesday, Lane Scheidl and the Regina Pats (19-28-3-3) battle Jaimen Yakubowski and the Lethbridge Hurricanes (24-23-1-7).
The Pats split a weekend home-and-home series versus the Brandon Wheat Kings, winning 3-2 at home on Friday before falling 5-2 in Brandon on Saturday, and have dropped nine of their last 10 games. The Pats are 7-16-1-2 on the road this season.
The Hurricanes are coming off a 3-0 shutout loss to the Kootenay Ice in Cranbrook on Saturday for their third setback over their last four outings, and currently sit in sixth place in the Eastern Conference. Yakubowski leads the Hurricanes with 27 goals this season.
In Saskatoon, SK, Matej Stransky and the Saskatoon Blades (27-21-0-3) host Brayden Point and the Moose Jaw Warriors (18-26-3-6) for a match-up between East Division rivals on Tuesday.
The Blades skated to a 4-1 win over the visiting Swift Current Broncos on Saturday for their fourth win in a row, and have climbed to fifth place in the Eastern Conference. The Blades have outscored their opposition 20-2 over their last four games.
The Warriors posted an 8-4 victory over the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers on Friday night for their second straight triumph, and currently sit eight points behind the Tigers for eighth place in the Eastern Conference. Point ranks sixth among all WHL rookies in scoring with 36 points this season.
In Victoria, B.C., Alex Gogolev and the Victoria Royals (28-19-1-3) take on Connor Honey and the Seattle Thunderbirds (19-29-4-1) on Tuesday night.
The Royals posted a 2-1 win in a shootout in Prince George on Saturday night, snapping a three-game losing skid, and remain in sixth place in the Western Conference. Gogolev has six goals and 27 points in 15 games since the calendar flipped to 2013.
The Thunderbirds are coming off a 4-3 overtime loss to the visiting Tri-City Americans on Saturday night for their second straight setback, and currently hold a four-point lead over Prince George for eighth spot in the Western Conference. The T-Birds have lost seven of their last eight games on the road.