Clippers: 12-11-1-3(6th) Kings: 20-4-3-2 (1st)
Big Story: The Kings are coming off of a week where they picked up six of a possible eight points and climbed to second in the CJHL rankings. The Kings completed a weekend mainland swing which saw them go 1-0-2-0. The Nanaimo Clippers have been up and down as of late. The Boatmen earned a weekend split after downing Alberni Valley 3-1 in Port Alberni on Saturday. One night before, Nanaimo was blanked at home 3-0 by Merritt.
Nanaimo-- The Clippers are making their second visit to Powell River and are looking for another two points. They opened their season with a 4-3 victory over the Kings at the Hap Parker Arena back on September 12th. Nanaimo hasn't been road warriors though this season as Saturday's win was just their fourth away from the Frank Crane Arena. Injuries continue to be a story in the month of November as they will be without a few regulars. The last time these two teams met, the Clippers had 9 players on the mend, including four defensemen. You can say what you want about injuries, but what Nanaimo has gone through would hurt any team's chances of having a good start.
Powell River-- Goals were hard to come by over the weekend for the Kings, but it wasn't for the lack of trying. They scored six goals over the three games, four of which came in a 4-1 win over Coquitlam on Saturday. Powell River had their chances both on Friday and Sunday as they fired 76 shots over the two games. Converting on rebound chances will be key for the Kings tonight.
Who's Hot-- Once again Matt Garbowsky is mentioned, and deservingly so. The 20 year-old has scored in two straight and has 5 goals and 2 assists in his last 5 games... Justin DaSilva has 2 goals and 6 points in his last five. Carter Shinkaruk has 2 points in as many games for the Kings as well...Kyler Kramer has been the hottest Clipper as of late. Kramer has 3 goals and 6 points in his last three games, including two goals last Wednesday against Quesnel. Both Andrew Gladiuk and Graeme McCormack have 1 goal and 3 points in their last three as well.
Injury Report: Teagan Waugh remains out for the Kings and is targeting a return for next week. Cohen Adair won't be in tonight's game as he is resting an injury from the weekend. Chad Niddery is back in the line-up after missing Sunday's game.
For Nanaimo, Mike Puddifant and Brett Hartskamp won't be in the line-up. Also Sam Labreque, Brayden Jaw, Mike Dopko and Mike Domsodi were missing on Saturday and it remains to be seen if they are able to go tonight.
Stat Pack: The Clippers will look to turn around their road woes tonight as they sport a below .500 record. They did win on Saturday which improved their mark to 4-5-0-2. They will be in tough against the Coastal Conference's best home Team. The Kings are 12-2-0-1 at home and haven't lost in regulation since September 19th. Also the Kings have scored first in their last 7 contests. Nanaimo can't afford to go behind early.
Puck Drop: BCHL Player of the Week Mike Garteig will get the start in goal for Powell River. The Kings puck stopper is riding a personal 9 game unbeaten streak. The Kings are only playing their second home game in the last 7 days and won't be back home until next Friday. That's only three home games in 16 days.