Saturday, 7 April 2012

Brandon Lineup at Edmonton (Game #2 - April 7, 2012)

1. Corbin Boes
33. Brandon Anderson

Defence Pairings
3. Brodie Melnychuk - 2. Ryan Pulock
32. Ryley Miller - 7. Eric Roy
6. Ayrton Nikkel - 9. Rene Hunter

27. Michael Ferland - 8. Brenden Walker - 16. Mark Stone
19. Darian Dziurzynski - 25. Paul Ciarelli - 24. Jens Meilleur
18. Bruno Mraz - 29. Kevin Sundher - 13. Alessio Bertaggia
22. Dominick Favreau - 21. Tyrel Seaman - 14. Jason Swyripa

- no changes in the Wheat Kings' lineup tonight. Scratches for the Wheat Kings are G Curtis Honey, D Colton Waltz, F Dylan Kuczek, F Tim McGauley and F Daniel Asham.

- Brenden Walker is back between Mark Stone and Michael Ferland, at least to start the game. The Wheat Kings started to generate some offence in Game #1 Friday night when they moved Kevin Sundher in between Stone and Ferland and the same may happen tonight. One of my keys I wrote down for the game tonight was that the Wheat Kings need to get more out of Brenden Walker.

- Other key points for the Wheat Kings, in my eyes, is the team needs to find a way to get better offensive defencemen out when the Stone line is on the ice. The duo of Rene Hunter and Ayrton Nikkel played well in Game #1 but were on the ice with the Wheat Kings' top line a good majority of the time, and that twosome just doesn't have the offensive upside of that a Ryan Pulock or Eric Roy might bring.

- with that in mind, I think the Wheat Kings have to put a little more 'trust' in their defense pairings tonight. If Brandon wants to get Pulock or Roy out with the Stone line, it'll likely mean Hunter/Nikkel will see some of St. Croix or Maxwell tonight. Brandon has to trust that duo to do the job against those top offensive guys.

- Edmonton also goes with the same lineup as they did for Game #1, which means their scratches include former Wheat King Klarc Wilson for the second straight night.

- The Wheat Kings hadn't lost a Game #1 since April 17, 2009 - Game #1 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Calgary Hitmen. Brandon has lost a Game #1 ten times since 2002. They're 4-6 in those ten series.

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