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Playoff Preview?

February 24, 2016

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The Dauphin Kings and Swan Valley Stampeders will go head to head for the final time this season tonight in Swan River.

The last time the two clubs met it was the Kings coming away with a 2-1 overtime victory at Credit Union Place. Since then Swan Valley won one and has now lost three in a row while Dauphin has dropped five straight. In the season series Swan Valley holds an edge, winning three of the past five get togethers between the two teams.

Listen to tonight’s tilt on 730 CKDM, the Parkland Source for Sports Pre Game Show begins at 7:15pm, opening face off from the Centennial Arena in Swan River is 7:30pm. If you can’t listen then follow me on Twitter (@ChristianCKDM) for updates!

The Kings recently announced that they have added Parkland Ranger forward Riese Gaber to their lineup. The second leading scorer in the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League will likely remain with the club for the rest of the season. You can hear more on this with Kings Head Coach and GM Marc Berry on tonight’s broadcast.

Intermissions: Coming up this evening in the first intermission we’ll have the latest edition of RAPID FIRE with Kings D-man Aaron Kellogg. He gets to battle 20 questions in 60 seconds. Plus, who will he nominate for the final One Hour Power Play Show of the season on CKDM this Friday? We’ll find out. In both the first and second intermissions we’ll check in on a somewhat busy out of town scoreboard. In the MJHL there’s just one other game as the OCN Blizzard visit the Waywayseecappo Wolverines, the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings visit the Kootenay Ice, the Scotties Tournament of Hearts marches on in Alberta and there’s four games in the NHL.

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Team Stats

Kings 18-33-4 (9th): The Dauphin Kings will look to build of their solid effort on Sunday against the Winnipeg Blues. The 6-5 shootout loss was one of the better outings by the Kings this season but they just couldn’t grab that extra point. It’s unlikely Dauphin will move up in the standings over the next week, but you never know. If Wayway loses in regulation tonight or if the Kings get a win Dauphin will clinch no lower than 9th place. The Kings are also eight points behind Selkirk for 8th, in order to catch them Dauphin would basically have to win every game they have left and hope the Steelers lose all of theirs. Dauphin’s Power Play comes into this game 10th in the MJHL at 15.16% while their Penalty Kill sits 9th at 75.09%. Kirklan Lycar (21G, 25A) continues to sit atop the Kings in scoring but Tyler Garrioch (13G, 30A) is only three points back at 43. Dauphin is looking for their first road win since November 15th, they’re 0-14-0 since then.

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Stampeders 22-26-8 (7th): Yes, I am aware the Swan Valley Stampeders currently occupy the 7th spot in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League standings. But a regulation loss to the Kings tonight could make things much more interesting when it comes to the playoff picture. Selkirk’s OT loss to Neepawa last night has brought the Steelers within four points of Swan for 7th in the standings and they have a game in hand on the Stampeders. It will be interesting to see how this situation develops over the next week. In my opinion it would be excellent for both sides if Dauphin and Swan met in the survivor series as fans on both ends would likely travel to the games. But again, we’ll see what happens over the next week. Swan Valley brings the MJHL’s 6th ranked Power Play (18.33%) into tonight’s tilt while their Penalty Kill is 7th at 78.20%. Former Parkland Ranger Josh Tripp (23G, 24A) still leads the Stampeders in points with 47.

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