Muzzle The Dogs: The Tulsa Oilers will try to slow down the CHL's highest scoring team when they host the Youngstown SteelHounds tonight.
Records: Oilers are 6-6-2 with 14 points, in fourth place in the Northeast Division. Youngstown is 8-3-4 with 20 points tied for first place in the Northeast Division.
Season Series: The Oilers took two of three games in Youngstown earlier this month. One of those wins was in a shootout, so while the Oilers are 2-1-0 against Youngstown, the SteelHounds are 1-1-1 in the head to head match-up..
Recent Action: The Oilers have won two straight after a 4-2 win at Oklahoma City Saturday night. Youngstown lost 5-4 to Corpus Christi on Saturday, completing a three game series in which all three games went into overtime or a shootout. Youngstown won the first two games in that series, each in a shootout.
Their Bite May Be Worse Than Their Bark: Youngstown leads the lead with 63 goals scored. The SteelHounds have three players (more than any other team) in the top 12 in scoring in the league. Chris Richards leads the league (10 goals, 20 assists, 30 points) in scoring; Jeff Christian is tied for fifth (7-15-22) and Paul Esdale is 12th and the highest scoring defenseman in the league (6-13-19).
Don't Leave Early: With three straight games extending beyond the third period, Youngstown has had over half (8 of 15) of its games go into overtime or a shootout. The SteelHounds are 1-2 in games decided in overtime and are 3-2 in shootouts.
Something Special: The Oilers have scored over half their goals (29 of 56) on the power play. Their power play percentage of 22.5% is second in the league, behind Colorado. Youngstown is second to last in penalty killing at 78.2% ahead of only New Mexico.
Something's Bruin: Two people involved in this game have strong ties to the Boston Bruin teams that won the Stanley Cup in 1970 and 1972. Oilers assistant coach Dan Hodge's father Ken was a member of those teams. Youngstown right winger Doug Orr is the nephew of former Bruin Bobby Orr.
Next Up: The Oilers host Oklahoma City on Friday night at 7:35. Youngstown will play at Memphis on Friday night.
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