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It’s Been Awhile

January 16, 2016

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For the first time this season the Dauphin Kings are the furthest away from home as they take on the Steinbach Pistons. It’s the first time the two teams will face off in Steinbach since December 13th, 2014.

It’s game two of a three games in three nights for both teams. Of course Dauphin dropped an 8-1 decision to the Flyers in Winkler while Steinbach beat Virden 5-2 at home.

It’s just the second meeting of the campaign. In the only game between these two teams the Pistons won 5-3.

You can hear this evening’s tilt on 730 CKDM, opening face off is 7:30pm, the Parkland Source for Sports Pre Game Show begins at 7:15pm. If you can’t listen then follow me on Twitter (@ChristianCKDM) for updates!

Intermissions: Tonight in the intermissions we focus on the out of town scoreboard where there is lots going on. There’s three other tilts in the MJHL, the OCN Blizzard are home to the Winnipeg Blues, the Waywayseecappo Wolverines entertain the Selkirk Steelers and the Virden Oil Capitals visit the Winkler Flyers. In Dauphin the Parkland Rangers continue their five game home stand with the Eastman Selects in town. The Westman High School Hockey League’s Dauphin Clippers battle the Melita Devils, plus you’ve got games in the NCHL, WHL, NHL and the NFL playoffs continue with two division games. All that and more during tonight’s intermissions!

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Team Stats

Kings 15-21-2 (9th): The Dauphin Kings remain firmly in ninth place in the MJHL standings as they enter tonight’s game. They’re four points behind OCN (Seven games in hand) and Selkirk (Two games in hand). The Kings are six points ahead of Wayway (Two games in hand). Dauphin will look to build off of a few positives from last night, including their Power Play. The Kings’ man advantage has scored in four straight games coming into this evening. It’s now up to 15.08% but is still 9th overall. On the Penalty Kill side Dauphin is 8th at 78.24%. Kirklan Lycar (16G, 17A) leads the Kings in points with 33. Dauphin has lost eight straight on the road.

NEAT TREATS

Tyler Garrioch is on a 3 game point streak (1G, 4A).

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Pistons 31-9-2 (2nd): The Steinbach Pistons, you could say, have quietly gone about their business and are now just 12 points behind the Portage Terriers for tops in the MJHL with three games in hand. At the start of the year I did not consider Steinbach a frontrunner to win the league, but now I put them ahead of both Winkler and Portage. The depth of the Pistons, in my opinion, is greater than both those teams. Portage and Winkler have arguably one line you need to keep in check when you play them. Steinbach is balanced throughout their lineup. Special Teams are a bit of a mixed bag for the Pistons. On the Power Play they’re the best in the MJHL at 28.49%, but on the Penalty Kill they’re 6th at 78.92%. Twenty year old Daniel Taillefer (12G, 39A) leads Steinbach in scoring with 51 points which is 5th in the league. It’s an “All In” type year for the Pistons if you look at their roster. Six of their top eight scorers are 20 year olds. Steinbach has won five straight, tonight is game six of a seven game home stand.

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