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Series Preview: The Wranglers host the Abbotsford Canucks for weekend series

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Paige Siewert
2 months ago
The busy week of Wranglers hockey continues on home ice for a back-to-back game on Friday afternoon. The Wranglers just completed their series against the Coachella Valley Firebirds Thursday night with a tough loss and hit the ice just over half a day later to take start a new series against a new opponent. This will be the first meeting between the Abbotsford Canucks and Calgary Wranglers this season and will conclude on Sunday afternoon. 

Projected lineups

Calgary 
Jakob Pelletier – Radim Zohorna – Matthew Phillips
Emilio Pettersen – Connor Zary – Cole Schwindt
Brett Sutter – Martin Pospisil – Walker Duehr
Mitch McLain – Clark Bishop – Adam Klapka
Colton Poolman – Nick DeSimone
Yan Kuznetsov – Nicolas Meloche
Ilya Solovyov – Jeremie Poirier
Dustin Wolf
Oscar Dansk
Abbotsford 
Kyle Rau – John Stevens – Will Lockwood
Phil Di Giuseppe – Lane Pederson – Tristen Nielsen
Yushiroh Hirano – Chase Wouters – Linus Karlsson
Vincent Arseneau – Michael Regush – Danila Klimovich
Guillaume Brisebois – Noah Juulsen
Christian Wolanin – Jett Woo
Wyatt Kalynuk – Brady Keeper
Collin Delia
Arthurs Silovs

Leaders 

Calgary 
Matthew Phillips – 16GP, 11G, 9A
Jakob Pelletier – 16GP, 7G, 11A
Connor Zary – 16GP, 8G, 9A
Abbotsford
Christian Wolanin – 14GP, 1G, 11A
Linus Karlsson – 14GP, 4G, 7A
Justin Dowling – 10GP, 3G, 8A 

Notes and expectations

From a statistical standing, this series should be favoured in the Wranglers’ favour. They are fourth in the Pacific Division with a 9-6-1-0. The Canucks are near the bottom of the Pacific Division at the eighth spot with a 7-6-0-1 record. However, they have won their last two so their spirits might not be where their standings are. 
Jakob Pelletier, believe it or not, is still rolling on that point streak going into this series. He had a goal in Thursday’s game against the Coachella Valley Firebirds and extended his point streak up to eight games. Even with some games pretty close together, he seems well-conditioned for this point of the season. 
Speaking of conditioning, it’s a long week to hold on the shoulders of one goaltender. Dustin Wolf has been putting in the work in November starting every game but one this month. He’s started in four straight and nine on the month. With a lower-ranked opponent, it is possible we see a little Oscar Dansk action most likely Friday or Sunday afternoon. 
Friday and Sunday’s games get started at 1:00 p.m. MT at the Scotiabank Saddledome. This series will conclude their homestand and the Wranglers will hit the road to play the San Diego Gulls next week. 
You can catch these games live in person or stream them on AHL.TV. FlamesNation contributors, Mike Gould and myself, (Paige Siewert) will have coverage on Twitter.

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