The Wheat Kings were the WHL's highest-scoring team during the regular season, with their 340 goals the highest total in a single season in 17 years.
The Oil Kings, meanwhile, held the fifth-best defensive record by averaging 2.77 goals against per game.
"Edmonton are a good defensive team, they've got the top penalty-kill in the league, they've got the second-best goals against in the Conference and they've got an experienced team," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on Wednesday, "They bring a lot of challenges to the table. We'll have to play real well to have success against their team."
"Work ethic, structure. It's a team that's really well coached," added Wheat Kings' captain Peter Quenneville, "They don't have the same powerhorses that they had last year but I think they're still going to be very difficult to play against."
The Oil Kings have ended Brandon's season two of the last three years including a five-game victory in the second round last spring that helped jettison Edmonton to the WHL title and a Memorial Cup Championship.
Despite the playoff defeat, McCrimmon felt it had some benefit to the Wheat Kings long-term.
"I said as soon as that series was over, well before then won the league and went on to win the Memorial Cup, that that was going to be a great series for the growth of our team, seeing what a championship club looks like," said McCrimmon, "That, in part, helped prepare us for this season and I think, in part, it helps prepare us for playoffs this time around."
Brandon did win three of four games between the two teams during the regular season including a 2-1 victory in their last meeting on January 13th, a victory that ended the Wheat Kings' 14-game losing streak at Rexall Place.
As far as their lineup in concerned, the Wheat Kings had a little fuller practice on Wednesday but forwards Tanner Kaspick, Duncan Campbell, Reid Duke and Quintin Lisoway were all absent from the workout.
That makes it unlikely any of the four will be in the lineup for the playoff opener on Thursday night.
|Brandon Wheat Kings vs Edmonton Oil Kings|
|Head to Head Record 2014-15 Regular Season||Brandon 3-1-0-0||Edmonton 1-2-1-0|
|Head to Head Record 2013-14 Regular Season||Brandon 1-2-1-0||Edmonton 3-1-0-0|
|Last 5 Years record between teams||Brandon 6-12-1-1||Edmonton 14-5-1-0|
|Brandon vs. Edmonton Last 5 Years record at Brandon||Brandon 5-4-0-1||Edmonton 5-4-1-0|
|Brandon vs. Edmonton Last 5 Years record at Edmonton||Brandon 1-8-1-0||Edmonton 9-1-0-0|
|Previous Meetings This Season||Brandon 2 @ Edmonton 1 (Jan 13 2015) Final|
|Edmonton 4 @ Brandon 5 (Nov 22 2014) Final OT|
|Edmonton 4 @ Brandon 7 (Nov 21 2014) Final|
|Brandon 2 @ Edmonton 5 (Oct 13 2014) Final|
|Team Record||34-31-4-3 -- 75 points||53-11-4-4 -- 114 points|
|Division Ranking||5th Central||1st East|
|Conference Ranking||8th Eastern||1st Eastern|
|PP (Overall)||(51/275) 18.5||(78/303) 25.7|
|PP (Home)||(30/145) 20.7||(38/155) 24.5|
|PP (Away)||(21/130) 16.2||(40/148) 27.0|
|PK (Overall)||(53/348) 84.8||(55/240) 77.1|
|PK (Home)||(28/174) 83.9||(26/118) 78.0|
|PK (Away)||(25/174) 85.6||(29/122) 76.2|
|Leading Scorers||Pollock (32-30-62)||McGauley (42-63-105)|
|Bauer (25-30-55)||Klimchuk (34-46-80)|
|Mayo (14-37-51)||Quenneville (27-48-75)|
|Sautner (12-39-51)||Bukarts (33-41-74)|
|Baddock (19-21-40)||Hawryluk (30-35-65)|
|Leading After 1st||15-6-1-1||27-0-2-2|
|Leading After 2nd||24-2-1-1||41-0-3-0|
|Tied After 1st||13-10-1-2||19-5-1-1|
|Tied After 2nd||6-7-2-2||8-2-1-3|
|Trailing After 1st||6-15-2-0||7-6-1-1|
|Trailing After 2nd||4-22-1-0||4-9-0-1|
|Out Shooting Opponents||24-19-1-2||40-5-2-2|
|Out Shot by Opponents||9-11-3-1||13-6-2-2|