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One More Road Trip

March 1, 2016

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The Dauphin Kings have two games left in their season and they are both in OCN and on back-to-back night’s, starting this evening.

If you looked at the start of the campaign you may have circled these two games as ones that could of had a lot of meaning when it comes to the MJHL standings. Don’t worry, you’re not alone, I would have circled them too. However that’s not the case. These two games between Dauphin and OCN are not very meaningful. Even though OCN hasn’t clinched sixth place yet, they’re likely going to. They only need Selkirk to lose once over the next three games (Winkler, Steinbach & OCN) and that’s likely going to happen. Or OCN can snag a point in one of their three final games of the season (Dauphin, Dauphin & Selkirk).

For the Dauphin Kings, we’ve known for about a week now that they’re not going anywhere when it comes to the standings. The club will finish ninth place and face the eighth seeded team in the survivor series which begins Sunday. That question has yet to be answered. It’s still unclear who Dauphin could play, but it’s now down to two teams. It’ll either be the Selkirk Steelers or Swan Valley Stampeders. Last week OCN was still a possibility, but not anymore.

We’ll have lots to talk about on tonight’s broadcast, so make sure you tune in on 730CKDM and 730CKDM.com. I have a phone, so if you’t listen to the game then you can follow me on Twitter (@ChristianCKDM) for updates!

Intermissions: Tonight in the first intermission it’s the latest edition of RAPID FIRE. This one’s with D-man Brandon Young, he’ll get 60 seconds to try and answer 20 questions. Throughout the evening we’re gonna check in on the out of town scoreboard. There are four other games in the MJHL tonight, the only team not playing are the Swan Valley Stampeders. Games have Selkirk in Winkler, Wayway home to Portage, Winnipeg entertains Neepawa and Virden battles Steinbach. Also this evening is game two of the Westman High School Hockey League Championship Series between Dauphin and Vincent Massey at Credit Union Place. We’ll update you on that plus eight games in the NHL including the Winnipeg Jets home to the Florida Panthers. So listen for all that and more in the intermissions tonight.

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Team Stats

Kings 20-33-5 (9th): Keeping consistency continues to be key for the Dauphin Kings as the club plays their second to last game of the season tonight. Dauphin has been very good as of late, are currently on a four game point streak and have won two of their last three. Results over the next two days do not matter, but if the Kings can play well and execute their game plans then they will feel good about themselves heading into the playoffs. Dauphin’s Power Play enters this game at 16.41% which is 9th in the MJHL. An interesting stat is Dauphin’s Power Play on the road. It enters this game 4th in the league at 21.77%. On the Penalty Kill side Dauphin is also 9th overall at 74.74%, on the road they’re also 9th at 73.68%. MJHL Player of the Week Kirklan Lycar (23G, 30A) leads the Kings in points with 53.

NEAT TREATS

The Kirklan Lycar is on a 4 game point streak (3G, 3A).

Landon Plett is on a 4 game point streak (2G, 3A).

Stephen Sisco is on a 3 game point streak (2G, 2A).

Sam Schultz is on a 3 game point streak (0G, 5A).

Hayden Pierce is on a 2 game point streak (0G, 2A).

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Blizzard 26-28-3 (6th): The OCN Blizzard enter this contest needing just a single point to clinch sixth in the standings. They could also clinch if Selkirk loses in Winkler. Regardless, I think OCN is the unofficial ‘dark horse’ for the Manitoba Junior Hockey League playoffs. I think a couple of the top teams in the league are scared of them and the type of game they can play if they’re on point. If OCN matches up with Winkler I would take the Blizzard in six considering their excellent record at home and the fact that they could grab a game or two on the road. Plus there’s no pressure on them whatsoever. The Blizzard will need to work a little on their Power Play heading into the post season, they’re ranked 8th (16.48%) coming into tonight’s game while their Penalty Kill is solid at 82.29% which is good enough for 5th. Unless he gets 15 points over the next three games Logan Harland (39G, 54A) is likely going to finish second in MJHL scoring, he leads the Blizzard with 93 points. OCN is 18-9-0 at home this season.

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