Firebirds Battle the Knights in London Friday
London, Ont. - The Firebirds will visit the London Knights for the first time this season Friday night. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m. (ET) in front of an expected sold-out Budweiser Gardens (capacity 9,046).
London enters the contest sitting atop the Midwest Division and ranking second in the 10-team Western Conference with a record of 10-4-1-1. The Knights have won seven of their past 10 games, picked up points in eight of their last 10 and are currently on a five-game winning streak. The Firebirds have also won seven of their past 10 games. Flint's record stands at 12-6-0-0, placing them atop the West Division and in first place in the Western Conference. The Knights hold a home record of 7-2-1-0 so far this season, and the 'Birds are 4-4-0-0 in away games.
Of note, three members of the Firebirds' team were originally drafted by the London organization: Ryan Bangs, Vladislav Kolyachonok (Florida Panthers) and Emmet Pierce. Additionally, Firebirds' Head Athletic Trainer Matt Bogart is a native of London and will make his first return to his hometown behind an OHL bench.
Friday marks the first of four meetings between the two clubs this season, and the first of two games in London. All-time, Flint holds a record of 1-13-1-1 in the series. The last time these teams played was March 8 in London. That night, the 'Birds picked up their first point in Budweiser Gardens, skating to a 3 - 2 overtime defeat on the road. Ethan Keppen (Vancouver Canucks) and Hunter Holmes lit the lamp for Flint in front of a sellout crowd of 9,036 fans. Adam Boqvist (Chicago Blackhawks) led the Knights with the game-winning goal in overtime plus an assist. The Firebirds have yet to win a game at The Budweiser Gardens, going 0-7-1-0 in away contests in the series.
The Firebirds have not allowed a power-play goal in 7 of their last 9 games. In the other two, Flint only allowed 1 goal both games. The Firebirds are 27/29 on the penalty-kill in those contests.
Friday evening's contest can be heard live on the radio throughout Flint & Mid-Michigan on US 103.1 FM, online at www.us103.com or by downloading the US 103 app here. Firebirds' broadcaster Dominic Hennig will call the play-by-play action on the Flint Firebirds Hockey Radio Network. Pregame coverage will begin 30 minutes prior to puck drop at 7 p.m.
Friday's game will also be televised live in London on channel 13 / 510 (HD) for Rogers TV cable subscribers. Additionally, the game will be televised live throughout the province of Ontario on the OHL Action Pak on channel 469 for Rogers TV cable subscribers and channel 469 for Cogeco TV cable subscribers. OHL fans with cable television in Ontario can add the OHL Action Pak to their television plan to catch the Firebirds in action, home or away all season long. Along with Friday's game, 64 of the Firebirds' 68 games throughout the 2019-20 season are also scheduled to be televised live across the province of Ontario on the OHL Action Pak.
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