The Calgary Hitmen (11-4-1-2) open a four game home stand tonight against the Moose Jaw Warriors (7-7-3-2). Game time is 7:00 p.m. at Scotiabank Saddledome.
The Hitmen have won three in a row while Moose Jaw is winless in five (0-2-2-1). Radio Broadcast on Sportsnet 960 The Fans starts at 6pm with a one hour pre-game show.
Calgary will be looking to solve their home ice issues, where they have lost three in a row to slip to the .500 mark at 3-3-1-1. Special teams have been a huge problem for the Hitmen at home this season. The powerplay is 6-40 operating at 15 % while the penalty kill has given up a whopping 15 goals in only eight games going 30-45 for a least worst 66.7%. Calgary plays eight of their next nine games at home so sorting out this issue will likely go a long way to determining their chances of contending for top spot in the WHL's Eastern Conference, a spot they currently share with Edmonton at 25 points each.
Moose Jaw will be trying to solve their road woes. The Warriors have struggled away from Mosaic Place posting a 1-6-0-1 record in enemy buildings. Part of the problem has been a lack of scoring. Moose Jaw has scored 40 home ice goals in 11 games while scoring only 14 goals in eight road games.
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