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Controlling Their Fate

February 27, 2015

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It’s the start of the final road trip of the season for the Dauphin Kings tonight as they visit the Blues in Winnipeg.

It may be the last couple games of the campaign for the Kings, but unlike recent years past these ones are very meaningful.

Following a shootout loss last night by the Wayway Wolverines to the Portage Terriers, the Dauphin Kings sit one point in front of Wayway for eighth in the standings. However the key now is both the Kings and Wolverines are even in games played. Both clubs have two contests left going into this weekend. Tonight the Kings are in Winnipeg and tomorrow they visit Virden. The Wolverines are home to Selkirk twice Saturday and Sunday. As of right now those games for Selkirk are very meaningful, they’re trying to keep Dauphin off their backs and catch Swan Valley for sixth.

The good news the schedule brings to the Kings is that one of those teams will have to lose in both those games this weekend. We’ll have to wait and see.

As for tonight’s tilt the Kings control their own fate. All they have to do is go out and win their final two games of their season, and they won’t finish any lower than eighth place. This season Dauphin is 2-3-0 against the Winnipeg Blues. Last time in Winnipeg the Kings beat the Blues 4-3. Even though this game tonight is huge for the Kings, it’s equally important for Winnipeg. They’re battling with Steinbach for second in the standings. The Pistons are currently a point ahead with a game in hand. So the Blues need this game if they want to finish second.

Tune in to tonight’s contest on 730 CKDM, it’s 100% FREE to listen to! The Pre Game Show will get going at 6:50pm, opening face off is 7:00pm. If you can’t listen then follow me on Twitter for updates (@ChristianCKDM)! 

Intermission Treats: Lots going on tonight in the intermissions. In the first we’ll have the latest edition of RAPID FIRE. This time D-man Kyle Bird steps up. We find out the answers to some huge questions, including which rink outside of Dauphin has the best warmup music, who’s the best to be paired up with on defence and which Kings rookie would win in a skills competition? Stay tuned for ALL those answers! In the second intermission I’ll have the first edition of the Midget West Regional Report which is coming to Dauphin April 2-5. On top of those items it’s a busy night on the out of town scoreboard. Two other contests in the MJHL, High School Curling Provincials continue in The Pas, six games in the NHL and lots more!



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Team Stats

Kings 23-29-6 (8th): Another tough game for the Dauphin Kings tonight. This time they battle a Blues team that is looking to catch Steinbach for second in the standings. Not only that but you can guarantee Winnipeg will be wanting to put out a better effort after falling to Dauphin at home last time out. As mentioned earlier, the Kings currently control their own fate. They need to have a good start this evening and whoever starts in goal must not give up anything weak. Special Teams last time these two teams met were critical with Kings having to kill off a 5 on 3 less than one minute into the game. Coming in Dauphin’s Penalty Kill is ninth overall in the MJHL (81.42%), but still strong on the road (2nd @ 84.96%). On the Power Play side the Kings moved up a little. They’re now sixth in the league at 15.41%. Chance Thomas (18G, 27A) is still atop the Kings in points with 45.


Dylan Bredahl is on a 2 game point streak (2G, 1A).

Connor Shaw has won 5 straight starts.


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Blues 37-15-6 (3rd): The Winnipeg Blues cannot finish any lower than third place in the standings, but with second well within their grasp they’ll be wanting to pass Steinbach this weekend. Like the Kings, this is Blues second to last contest this season. Getting to second may or may not be an advantage, it depends on how you look at it. Yes, if you finish second you get one of the two survivor series teams. But that could be a disadvantage, just ask last year’s edition of the Selkirk Steelers. If you finish third you still get time off and will face the sixth place team, who also gets time off. Looking at it that way you don’t have to sit around and worry about your opponent gaining any momentum moving forward. Special Teams for the Winnipeg Blues are both inside the top five. Their Power Play is third at 20.50% while their Penalty Kill is fourth at 84.08%. With 68 points forward Kamerin Nault (31G, 37A) leads Winnipeg in scoring and is third overall in the MJHL.

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