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One Week Later

February 21, 2015

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Following an important 5-1 victory last night in OCN the Dauphin Kings drive south to Neepawa looking for a second straight win and fourth in their last five.

It’s been just over a week since the Kings dropped a 4-2 decision to the Natives in Neepawa. This time the circumstances are much different than before. This time the Natives are not fighting for their playoff lives, they’ve been eliminated for the fifth straight season.

On the flip side the Kings need points. Entering tonight they’re just two points in front of the Waywayseecappo Wolverines for eighth in the standings. After this evening’s results the Wolverines will have a game in hand.

Tune in to this evening’s affair on 730 CKDM. The Pre Game Show kicks off at 7:20pm, face off from the Yellowhead Arena is 7:30pm! If you can’t then follow me on Twitter for updates (@ChristianCKDM)!

Intermission Treats: Tonight in the first and second intermissions we’ll have a close look at the out of town scoreboard. In the MJHL there are five games on the docket. That includes the Wayway Wolverines, they’re in OCN to skate with the Blizzard. Also going on is game one of the Westman High School Hockey League Semi Final (Best of 3) between the Dauphin Clippers and Neepawa Tigers. We’ll frequently check in on it. Plus the NHL features a bunch of contests including the Winnipeg Jets in Toronto to battle the Maple Leafs.

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Team Stats

Kings 21-29-6 (8th): Tonight’s game should be pretty easy for the Dauphin Kings to get up for. They should be wanting to beat the Neepawa Natives considering what happened the last time out. Plus all the playoff implications on the table. A win tonight by the Kings and a loss by the OCN Blizzard would mean Dauphin can finish no lower than ninth in the standings. However I think it’s safe to say Dauphin will be cheering for the Blizzard tonight. A goal last night on the Power Play notched the Kings up a bit percentage wise but they’re sill eighth in the MJHL (14.84%). Dauphin’s Penalty Kill allowed a goal on four opportunities in OCN, it’s now 81.71% and ninth in the league. He didn’t have any points yesterday, but Chance Thomas (17G, 27A) still leads the Kings in scoring with 44.

NEAT STATS GOING IN

Ryan Edevold is on a 2 game point streak (1G, 2A).

Connor Shaw has won 3 straight starts.

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Natives 14-40-2 (11th): Not much for the Neepawa Naives to play for tonight other than pride and maybe jobs for next year. As mentioned earlier Neepawa hasn’t made the playoffs in a long time. Since 2010 to be exact. That year they were swept out of the first round by the then RBC Cup host Dauphin Kings. Tonight’s tilt is Neepawa’s 57th game of the season and they’ll be trying to avoid a second straight loss. Last time the Kings were in Neepawa the Natives had the league’s worst special teams. On the Power Play this time the Natives are tenth in the MJHL, ahead of Winkler at 13.60%. A glaring stat is they’ve allowed 13 shorthanded goals against this season. Neepawa’s Penalty Kill is still at the bottom of the league though, it’s 74.90%. Drake Lindsay (23G, 37A), who was named to the MJHL’s Second All Star Team yesterday, leads Neepawa in points with 60. One can’t help but wonder if the 19 year old’s days with the Natives are numbered after this season.

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