GAME 52 PREVIEW | Blades conclude home-stand Friday against Raiders
|WHL REGULAR SEASON | GAME 52 | Saskatoon Blades (37-9-2-3) vs Prince Albert Raiders (23-24-1-3)
The Saskatoon Blades (37-9-2-3) conclude their seven-game home-stand tonight at SaskTel Centre against the Prince Albert Raiders (23-24-1-3). The Blades have won 11 straight on home soil and six straight overall. Saskatoon’s latest win came Tuesday 3-1 against the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
The Bridge City Bunch can punch their ticket to the postseason this weekend. If Saskatoon wins tonight in regulation and tomorrow against the Swift Current Broncos in any capacity, the Blue and Gold will be the first WHL team to lock up a playoff spot this season.
Who to Watch
The Blades named Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Fraser Minten an alternate captain earlier this week. The 19-year-old forward is on a five-game point streak (6G, 2A) and has 34 points (15G, 19A) in 26 games this season. Fellow Leafs draft pick Brandon Lisowsky was named the team’s alternate captain for road games, while Nashville Predators prospect Tanner Molendyk will rock the “A” for home games.
— Saskatoon Blades (@BladesHockey) February 7, 2024
Anaheim Ducks draft pick Egor Sidorov is the reigning WHL Player of the Week. Sidorov recorded five goals and eight points in three games between Jan. 29th and Feb. 4th, earning him a spot on the CHL’s Team of the Week. Sidorov leads the team with 41 goals and his 68 points trail only captain Trevor Wong (13G, 67A) for the team lead.
Rookie netminder Evan Gardner was named WHL Rookie of the Week after going 2-0-0-0 with a .969 save-percentage and a 1.00 goals-against-average. The NHL draft-eligible goalie is undefeated at home this and owns a 14-5-0-2 record. Gardner’s .927 save-percentage and 2.03 goals-against-average are both ranked second in the WHL.