GAME 53 PREVIEW | Blades look to secure playoff spot with win against Broncos
|WHL REGULAR SEASON | GAME 53 | Saskatoon Blades (38-9-2-3) @ Swift Current Broncos (26-18-4-2)
The Saskatoon Blades (38-9-2-3) begin a four-game road trip at InnovationPlex against the Swift Current Broncos (26-18-4-2).
The Blades swept their seven-game home-stand and come into tonight with 12 straight wins at home. The Blades own the best home record in the CHL at 23-1-1-0 and return to the road for the first time since Jan. 26th against the Prince Albert Raiders. Saskatoon handed the Raiders a 6-1 loss last night at home.
The Blades can punch their ticket to the postseason tonight. If Saskatoon walks out with a win in any capacity, the Blue and Gold will be the first WHL team to lock up a playoff spot.
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 seven-game point streak (7G, 4A) and has 37 points (16G, 21A) in 27 games this season. In 20 games since being acquired by the Blades on Nov. 24th, 2023, Minten has 13 goals and 27 points.
— Saskatoon Blades (@BladesHockey) February 10, 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 has 69 points in 50 games.
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 remained undefeated at home with a 19-save performance yesterday vs Prince Albert. Gardner’s .927 save-percentage and 1.98 goals-against-average are both ranked second in the WHL, and he owns a 15-5-0-2 record.