Gameday Report: Mavericks vs. Oilers
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - The Kansas City Mavericks look to bounce back from last night's setback as they face the Tulsa Oilers once again Saturday for Fan Appreciation Night.
Kansas City Mavericks (30-28-2-2) vs. Tulsa Oilers (28-24-3-8)
Silverstein Eye Centers Arena | Independence, Mo.
Point Streak Snapped
The Mavericks saw their five-game point streak snapped with last night's 5-3 loss to Tulsa, a stretch than spanned back to the start of the month. Overall, the Mavericks have recorded points in seven of their last nine games and will look to get back in the win column tonight.
Fast Start Key
The Mavericks and Oilers went scoreless into the first intermission last night, but Tulsa grabbed command of the game with a 3-0 score in the second period. The key to Tulsa is getting to the Oilers early - Tulsa is dragging a 21-goal deficit in the first 20 minutes compared to outscoring opponents in the second and third on the year. When trailing after one, Tulsa is 6-20-2-1 on the year. When tied or leading, the Oilers are 22-4-1-7.
Home Sweet Home
The Mavericks enter tonight's game having won four of the last five games at home, including weekend sweeps of Allen (Feb. 23 and 24) and Fort Wayne (March 2 and 3). Kansas City has won both meetings against Tulsa at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena this season, a Kids Day Game win in which Shawn Pauly posted his first-career hat trick and a shootout win on New Year's Eve.
The Mavericks remain tied with Kalamazoo for the fourth and final spot in the Central Division after dropping last night's contest and the Wings being idle. Kalamazoo faces Cincinnati, which was dominant in a Friday win over Indy last night. The Fuel, one point back of KC and Kalamazoo, host the Central-leading Toledo Walleye tonight. The Mavericks' magic number for the playoffs stands at 23 points - a number which will decrease every time Kalamazoo leaves a point on the ice (L, OTL, SOL) and every time KC adds a point to its total (W, OTL, SOL). The Wings currently own the tie break of most regulation and overtime wins, 29-27.
How to Follow
For lines, goals and period recaps, follow the team on Twitter (@KC_Mavericks). For play-by-play updates, follow @KCMavsGameday. Bob Rennison's play-by-play call alongside Ryan Gibson is available via the team's free mobile app (Kansas City Mavericks) and on KCMavericks.com.
The Mavericks face off against the Quad City Mallards for the final time on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. for the annual Racing Day Game at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.
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