12 THINGS TO KNOW GOING INTO TONIGHT’S GAME
Friday, February 12th, 2016
Flint Firebirds vs. Kitchener Rangers
1) Tonight marks the third of four meetings of the regular season between the Firebirds and Rangers. The most recent was a 2-0 Rangers win in Flint on February 6th. The Rangers lead the season series 2-0-0-0.
2) The Rangers come into tonight’s game with a 36-9-5-0 record and 77 points, sitting third place in the Western Conference standings. Their last game was the 2-0 win in Flint last Saturday.
3) The Firebirds enter with a 15-29-4-2 record and 36 points, sitting ninth in the Western Conference standings.
4) The Rangers are 21-4-2-0 at the Aud this season, while the Firebirds are 8-18-0-1 on the road.
5) Kitchener comes into tonight with points in seven of their last eight games (6-1-1-0), while the Firebirds have just one win in their last ten (1-8-1-0).
6) The Rangers have allowed the second fewest goals against in the OHL (131).
7) The last time the two teams met last Saturday, Rangers goaltender Dawson Carty earned his first career OHL shutout.
8) The Firebirds are 11-10 when scoring the first goal of the game, and 4-25 when giving up the game’s opening goal. Kitchener is 33-6 when scoring the first goal of the game, and 3-8 when the opposing team scores first.
9) Kitchener boasts the league’s fourth best power play on home ice, converting on 24.8% of their opportunities (25-of-101). Flint’s road penalty kill is 15th in the league, shutting down the opposing man advantage 78.6% of the time (88-of-112).
10) The Firebirds enter tonight with the league’s 20th ranked road power play, converting on just 9.1% of their chances (9-of-99). The Rangers home penalty kill is ranked 10th, killing off 82.1% of shorthanded situations (96-of-117).
11) Rangers captain Ryan MacInnis is tied for third amongst OHL skaters in game winning goals with seven.
12) Rangers defenceman Dylan Di Perna leads the team in plus/minus with a +27.