PREVIEW: Pats Look to Continue Hot Streak Against Oil Kings

The Regina Pats (36-6-6-1) are back on home ice on Saturday night to take on the Edmonton Oil Kings (18-30-3-1). Puck drop is at 7 p.m. at the Brandt Centre. The Pats were in action Friday night in Saskatoon and won a seventh straight game, 5-2 over the Blades. The Oil Kings were in Brandon on Friday and dropped a 13th straight game, 6-3 to the Wheat Kings. The Pats hold a 2-0-0-0 record against the Oil Kings heading into tonight’s third of four meetings on the season between the two clubs, winning once at home and once on the road. The game can be heard on 620 CKRM with Bennett Dunlop Ford Pats Hockey beginning at 6:35 p.m. It can also be seen on Access 7 and the WHL on Shaw.

Regular Season Comparison Regina Edmonton
Record 36-6-6-1 18-30-3-1
Goals For/Against 259/154 (+105) 150/202 (-52)
Powerplay 32.3% (65/201) 18.1% (36/199)
Penalty Kill 80.2% (199/248) 77.9% (181/231)
Team Save Percentage 0.899 0.880
Leading Scorer Sam Steel (36-55-91) Davis Koch (14-39-53)
Leading Scorer (Defence) Connor Hobbs (22-35-57) Will Warm (9-13-22)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT) 82-80-92-5 39-53-47-7

Lead Up: Pats Win 7th In A Row Friday
The Regina Pats won a seventh consecutive game on Friday night, 5-2 in Saskatoon over the Blades. The Pats led 1-0 after the first, 4-1 after the second and held on from there to improve to 36-6-6-1 on the season. Nick Henry, Sam Steel, Adam Brooks and Dawson Davidson each had two points to pace the Regina offence. Tyler Brown stopped 18 of 20 shots while the Blades Brock Hamm made 32 saves. The Pats outshot Saskatoon 37-20 in the win, the powerplay was one for seven and the penalty kill was five for seven.

Head to Head
The Pats carry a 2-0-0-0 record against Edmonton into Saturday night’s contest at the Brandt Centre. The Pats won 6-3 on home ice on September 30 and then again November 16, 4-3 at Rogers Place in Edmonton. The Pats have 10 goals to the Oil Kings six in the season series so far. The Pats have outshot Edmonton 87-54 in the two games while the powerplay went three for nine and the penalty kill three for four. Sam Steel leads the Pats with three goals and two assists against Edmonton. Filip Ahl, Nick Henry and Chase Harrison each have three points. Goaltender Jordan Hollett has started the first two meetings, going 2-0-0-0 with a 2.50 goals against average and a .907 save percentage. The Oil Kings are led by Tyler Robertson who has two assists in the two games. The Pats currently lead the Eastern Conference with 79 points in 49 games while the Oil Kings are in 10th with 40 points.

Winning Streak
The Pats have won seven in a row entering Saturday night’s home game against the Oil Kings. In those seven contests, the Pats have outscored their opponents 32-19 and are averaging 4.6 goals for per contest. Regina has put 253 shots on goal over the win streak to their opponents 203. The powerplay has gone 12 for 30, a 40 percent success rate. The penalty kill is 30 for 39 in the streak, 76.9 percent. Both Sam Steel and Adam Brooks have three goals and eight assists on the team’s streak. Dawson Leehahl has scored seven times and added two helpers. Nick Henry has seven assists to go along with two goals. Austin Wagner has five goals and three assists in the seven games while Connor Hobbs has three goals and four assists. The Pats last loss came on January 20, to the Medicine Hat Tigers.

Upcoming Schedule
Pats @ Calgary – Wednesday February 8, 8 p.m. – Scotiabank Saddledome (CKRM)
Pats @ Edmonton – Friday February 10, 8 p.m. – Rogers Place (CKRM)
Pats @ Red Deer – Saturday February 11, 8 p.m. – Enmax Centrium (CKRM)


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