JDA Kings Closing In

January 24, 2013

Just five games remain in the 2012 – 2013 NWJHL regular season and for the Grande Prairie JDA Kings they will have a great chance to try and inch closer to securing first overall and grab home ice advantage for this years playoffs. The Kings currently sit in first place with 54 points (27-3) and will look to add to that with two games this week.

Not to look to far ahead to Friday nights game in Peace River, Grande Prairie plays an equally as important game tonight as they host the fifth and final meeting versus the Dawson Creek Jr. Canucks at the Coca Cola Centre.

Dawson currently sits in fifth place, just two points back of third place Fairview and fourth place Slave Lake. Like a lot of other teams this season though the Jr. Canucks haven’t faired well at the Coke Can. Dawson has been outscored 18 to 4 in Grande Prairie and 37 to 9 in the season series. Heading into tonights contest the Jr. Canucks are currently riding a two game losing streak and will be faced with the task of playing the hottest team in the NWJHL at this point.

Since the departure of two of their best players the Kings have responded quite fashionably having now won 10 straight and currently boast an undefeated record for the month of January. With just five games remaining on tap Grande Prairie’s magic number to clinch first overall currently sits at four, which would consist of either a combination of 4 Kings wins or 4 Peace River losses.

A win tonight would push that magic number to three. As if Friday night’s game didn’t need anymore build up, a win for Grande Prairie would push that magic number to just one.

The game will be the another true test for Grande Prairie as they make their final regular season appearance in Peace River. Both teams sit with 2 wins against one another but Peace River holds a slight edge in the head to head matchup with one of GP’s wins coming in a shootout on December 15th.

As been the case with most of the games played between these two special teams will once again play a big role. December 15th’s shootout a strong indication of that as both clubs powerplay would click at 50% going 4 for 8.

While it’s certainly been tough for Grande Prairie’s offensive leaders to get going at times against the Navigators, the team knows if their to have any success and pull out a win Friday night they will need gutsy performances from all four lines along with a commitment to playing discipline.

Notes: Tonight’s 8:30 pm home against the Jr. Canucks is the second to last regular season home game for the Kings. Grande Prairie will conclude their home schedule with a game against the Fort St. John Huskies on January 29th. Grande Prairie has already secured home ice through the first and second round of the NWJHL 2012 – 2013 Playoffs.

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