Edmonton Oil Kings (18-30-3-1) at Regina Pats (36-6-6-1)
Saturday, Feb. 4 – 6 p.m. (Mountain) / 7 p.m. (Saskatchewan) – Brandt Centre
Channels: Local Shaw SD; Shaw HD304; Shaw Direct Satellite HD Classic 120 or Advanced 620; Access7
It’s a tale of two teams headed in opposite directions.
Saturday night on WHL on Shaw and Access7, the Regina Pats – winners of seven straight – host the Edmonton Oil Kings – winless in 13 consecutive contests.
While the CHL’s top-ranked Pats remain one of the deadliest teams in the WHL, the bottom has fallen out on the Oil Kings since the week of the WHL Trade Deadline, in which heart-and-soul players Aaron Irving and Lane Bauer were dealt to help recoup rebuilding assets for the future.
The Pats are coming off a 5-2 win over the Saskatoon Blades, while the Oil Kings suffered a 6-3 defeat at the hands of the Brandon Wheat Kings Friday night.
As for the Eastern Conference playoff picture, the Regina Pats have a stranglehold on the East Division, sitting 10 points ahead of the second-place Moose Jaw Warriors while also carrying three games in hand. As for the Oil Kings, they’re fifth in the Central Division and seven points back of the Calgary Hitmen for the second and final wild card seed in the conference.
Anaheim Ducks prospect Sam Steel continues to pace the WHL in offense, having registered 91 points (36G-55A) in 43 games. Hot on his heels is teammate Adam Brooks with 88 points (29G-59A) in 43 games.
Davis Koch leads the Oil Kings in scoring, enjoying a career season with 53 points (14G-39A) in 52 games.
Between the pipes, 20-year-old Tyler Brown is back and healthy, having recorded a mark of 23-4-5-1 with a 2.82 goals-against average, .907 save percentage and two shutouts through 35 appearances this season.
The Oil Kings are backstopped by Patrick Dea, who is 16-23-1-1 with a 3.71 GAA, .884 SV% and one shutout in 42 outings.
Saturday serves as the third of four meetings this season between the Oil Kings and Pats.
To date, the Pats are 2-0-0-0, having earned victories of 6-3 and 4-2. Back on Nov. 16, Steel stacked up three points (1G-2A) to help the Pats claim a 4-2 triumph at Rogers Place in Edmonton, while Jordan Hollett kicked out 15 pucks to earn the win.
The Oil Kings and Pats will meet for one final time on Feb. 10 back in Edmonton.
— Regina Pats (@WHLPats) February 4, 2017
Head coach: John Paddock
Leading scorers: C Sam Steel (36-55-91); C Adam Brooks (29-59-88); LW Dawson Leedahl (26-38-64)
Leading goaltender: Tyler Brown (35GP, 23-4-5-1, 2.82 GAA, .907 SV%, 2 SO)
Power play: First – 32.3 per cent
Penalty kill: 10th – 80.2 per cent
— Edmonton Oil Kings (@EdmOilKings) February 4, 2017
Edmonton Oil Kings
Head coach: Steve Hamilton
Leading scorers: RW Davis Koch (14-39-53); RW Trey Fix-Wolansky (14-23-37); LW Tyler Robertson (13-15-28)
Leading goaltender: Patrick Dea (42GP, 16-23-1-1, 3.71 GAA, .884 SV%, 1 SO)
Power play: 17th – 18.1 per cent
Penalty kill: 13th – 77.9 per cent
Injuries/unavailable: D Jordan Dawson (upper body, week to week); F Tyson Gruninger (upper body, week to week); G Liam Hughes (lower body, indefinite); F Jesse Roach (illness, day to day)
Sept. 30 – Edmonton (3) at Regina (6)
Nov. 16 – Regina (4) at Edmonton (2)
Feb. 4 – Edmonton at Regina
Feb. 10 – Regina at Edmonton
WHL on Shaw schedule
Friday, Feb. 10 – Medicine Hat Tigers at Calgary Hitmen
Friday, Feb. 17 – Victoria Royals at Lethbridge Hurricanes
Wednesday, Feb. 22 – Regina Pats at Saskatoon Blades
WHL on Access7 schedule
Friday, Feb. 18 – Regina Pats at Moose Jaw Warriors
Friday, March 3 – Medicine Hat Tigers at Regina Pats
Saturday, March 11- Regina Pats at Moose Jaw Warriors