EDMONTON OIL KINGS – GAME NOTES
Friday, October 12, 2018
EDMONTON OIL KINGS (5-4-0-1) vs. EVERETT SILVERTIPS (3-3-0-0)
Edmonton Road Record (2-3-0-1)
Everett Home Record (2-2-0-0)
Season Game: 11 Road Game: 7
LOOKING TO REBOUND – The Edmonton Oil Kings and Everett Silvertips are both looking to return to the win column after suffering losses to the Portland Winterhawks in their last game action. The Silvertips were handed a 4-1 defeat on Saturday at home, while the Oil Kings were humbled, 8-2, in Portland on Wednesday in their most lopsided decision of the season. The Oil Kings are currently winless in their last five games after rushing to a 5-0-0-0 start out of the gate. Through their six games played as a member of a tough U.S. Division, the Silvertips sit at the bottom of the five team group that also includes Portland, Seattle, Spokane and Tri-City. The Oil Kings maintain a one point lead for top spot in the Central Division (11) over the Red Deer Rebels (10).
FIRST GOAL WINS – The Oil Kings have scored the first goal of the season in four of their ten games played. When they started the season with a 5-0-0-0 record, they scored the first goal of the game in four of those five contests. The team is 1-4-0-1 when surrendering the first goal. The Silvertips have scored first in just two of their six games played, going 2-0-0-0 when notching the first goal; 1-3-0-0 when allowing it.
PENALTY TROUBLE – The Edmonton Oil Kings and Prince Albert Raiders have each taken 28 penalties on the road – the highest mark of all WHL teams. The Raiders have killed off all 28 shorthanded situations while on the road; the Oil Kings have allowed eight goals for a 71.4% efficiency, ranking them 15th overall in road penalty kill in the League.
On the flip side, the Silvertips home power play has also seen its share of struggles, sitting 18th in the WHL with just two conversions in 23 chances (8.7% efficiency).
LESS IS MORE? – The Everett Silvertips seven goals in four home games ties them with the Prince Albert Raiders for the lowest mark in the western conference. However, they’ve surrendered just nine goals in those four home games, good for a 2.25 goals against average on home ice. The Oil Kings goals for and against on the road are magnified compared to those of the Silvertips, as the team has tallied 22 goals for in six road games, but conceded 26.
A POSITIVE STREAK – Although the team is hoping its fortunes will soon turn and they snap their five-game winless slump, one streak with the team is trending in the right direction. Oil Kings right winger Quinn Benjafield enters tonight with points in four straight games, tallying one goal and four assists during that span.