Hosting teams heading in opposite directions, the Saint John Sea Dogs will look to extend their winning streak this weekend.
On Friday night, the Sea Dogs host Daniel Sprong and the Charlottetown Islanders. While the Isles didn’t go into full on buy mode at the trade deadline, they have improved their lineup and are expected to be a better club in the second half.
Charlottetown, 16-21-3-2, are in desperate need of wins if they want to avoid an extremely challenging first round playoff matchup.
On Saturday, the Sea Dogs face Kelly Bent and the Halifax Mooseheads at Harbour Station. The Moose are in rebuild mode, dealing away Danny Moynihan and Timo Meier during the trading period.
The Moose and Dogs have met since the Veleno/Bent/Imama incident but this will be the first time Bent is eligible to play. Bokondji Imama remains suspended.
Saint John enters play this weekend on a five-game winning streak.
In other news…
- Looking ahead, the Sea Dogs play a three-in-three next week with a road game in Charlottetown on Thursday followed by back-to-back home games against Cape Breton. The Friday game will be broadcast on Sportsnet.
- After clearing waivers, former Sea Dogs defenseman Alex McQuaid was assigned to MHL Summerside by the Islanders on Tuesday. The d-man remains sidelined with a broken foot, though.
- In Damien Cox’s latest draft rankings at Sportsnet.ca, Bathurst's Vladimir Kuznetsov crept into the top 30.
- Mike Kelly served as head coach for the Florida Panthers on Wednesday. The Panthers lost 6-0 to Sam Bennett.
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