Tonight’s Preview: The Rockets and Giants are meeting for the 8th time this season. The Rockets are 2-5-0-0 against the Giants this season, having been out-scored 28-20. These two teams met February 20th in a 6-2 Rockets win. The Giants have out-shot the Rockets in six of the seven games. The exception was November 12th in a Giants 3-1 win. The Rockets out-shot the visitors 37-24. In the seasonal series the Giants have also scored two or more power play goals in four of the seven games. The Rockets are 9 for 37=24.3% with the extra man while the Giants are 11 for 46=23.9% in the 7 games. The Rockets enter tonight’s game with one loss in their last eight games (7-1-0-0). With five games left in the regular season, the Rockets play three of them on home ice. Those games are against
Seasonal Series Breakdown:
Period: 1 2 3 OT Total
Rockets 6 6 7 1 20
Giants 7 6 15 0 28
* Tyson Sexsmith has started in all seven games against the Rockets this season. Adam Brown has played in three of the seven games while Mark Guggenberger has played three times against the Giants this season.
Last Game: Lucas Bloodoff, Mikael Backlund and Stepan Novotny scored, leading the Rockets to a 3-1 win last night over the Bruins in
Gugg’s=Great: Mark Guggenberger has won his last 4 starts, posting a goals against average of 1.00. Guggenberger’s save percentage in his last four starts is .954. Guggenberger is 2-1-0-0 against the Giants this season, with a goals against average of 2.98. Guggenberger’s save percentage is .905.
Different Data: The Rockets have not allowed a power play goal in three of their last five games…The Rockets are just 2 for 22 on the power play in their last five games (9%)… During the Rockets three game winning streak they have out-scored the opposition 9-3…In the last six games the Rockets have allowed the opposition just a single goal in five of those six…The Rockets are just 4 goals shy of the 248 they scored last season. More impressively, the Rockets have allowed 46 fewer goals against then a season ago…The Rockets have won the same number of road games as they did last season (17)…The Rockets have 4 more home wins than in 2007-2008…The Rockets ended the month of February with a record of 11-2-0-1 in 14 games. Those 14 games were played in just 25 days…The 11 win effort in February comes off a January where they won just 7 of 14 games….The Kelowna Rockets celebrated a milestone February 27th in Red Deer with their 1 thousandth regular season game. The Rockets were born as an expansion franchise as the Tacoma Rockets in 1991, but after four short seasons moved to
Very Interesting! Jamie Benn played his 51st game last night in
vs. BC: 21-7-0-3 vs. US: 12-5-1-0
vs. Central: 7-5-0-0 vs. East: 2-4-0-0
Who’s Hot: Jamie Benn has just two goals in his last seven games, yet has a four game point streak (2+4=6). Benn has 140 career points in just 102 games (1.37). Colin Long has points in three straight games (1+5=6). Long has points in 16 of his last 21 games with 11+15=26 over that period. Tyson Barrie has just one point in his last eleven.