Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Tough stretch to continue

It has not been a fun stretch for the Saint John Sea Dogs.

The Sea Dogs have lost six straight games overall and have not won in regulation time since Nov. 26. Saint John has picked up some wins since that November victory, but all were in extra time.

The results the Sea Dogs have been generating are not overly surprising given their current roster. But, things may seem a bit worse than they appear since the team has not had a very favourable schedule of late.

Saint John had its toughest road trip of the season last weekend, taking on three teams that could all have deep playoff runs. They lost 5-2 in Victoriaville, 5-1 in Boisbriand and 8-1 in Rimouski, being outscored 18-4 during the three-game stretch.

Prior to that weekend trip, the Sea Dogs played the Oceanic and the Halifax Mooseheads (the league's top team) on home ice. Saint John's next few games won't be much easier, either, with matches against Bathurst (two), Halifax (two) and Quebec.

Here's a look at Saint John's next five games:

Friday, Jan. 19 vs Bathurst (23-13-6-2, 54 points)
Saturday, Jan. 20 vs Quebec (24-16-3-2, 53 points)
Friday, Jan. 26 at Bathurst (23-13-6-2, 54 points)
Saturday, Jan. 27 at Halifax (29-10-5-1, 64 points)
Sunday, Jan. 27 at Halifax (29-10-5-1, 64 points)

The good news for Saint John: the team's February schedule features some easier opponents. It'll interesting to see how this team - and some players - perform when playing teams that are closer to them in the standings.

Saint John is currently 11-24-6-2, placing them 17th overall. They are one point up on 18th-place Shawinigan and six points back of 16th-place Chicoutimi.

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