The scenario for the Dauphin Kings entering tonight is very simple. Get back in their first-round series with the Swan Valley Stampeders with a win. Or, they'll find themselves in a big hole with a defeat.
After winning games one and two, the first-round, best of seven series continues at the Centennial Arena in Swan River.
The first two games have offered up a bunch for fans. Hits, lots of shots, and nice saves. But, at the end of the day, the Kings have allowed far too many goals against a highly skilled Stamps team.
In the first 120 minutes of the series, Swan Valley has scored 11 times. That also includes three goals in just 17 seconds in game one of the series.
On Sunday when Dauphin played their first home playoff game in four years, Swan got off to a perfect start when they scored just 38 seconds into the game. That game ended up being a 5-1 defeat.
After playing so well at Credit Union Place all season long, Sunday's game looked like the Kings were playing tentative hockey and they played back on their heels for the majority of the night.
When Dauphin is skating, this is a team that can keep up with anyone in the league and they have shown that on numerous occasions, now it's just about doing it tonight.
"It's a matter of all of our guys buying in and working hard," said Doug Hedley, Head Coach & General Manager. "Anything that's happened positive for us in this series is because of hard work."
Dauphin will also look to improve on their power play number. Dauphin is 2-17 in the first two games of the series. Dauphin scored on their first power play of the series back on Friday.
"We're going to change things up and we'll try and get some more looks out there," said Hedley. "We need to outwork the penalty killers and we need to shoot the puck more."
Leeam Tivers and Kolby Johnson will once again not be in the lineup. Tivers misses the game because of an illness while Johnson is out with a lower-body injury.
"When you take two big guys out of our lineup who can make a difference, it's always tough for sure," added Hedley. "We miss them both and it's unfortunate. At the same time, it gives other guys a chance to step up and contribute."
Don't forget to tune into tonight's game. Darnell Duff has the Parkland Source for Sports pregame show beginning at 7:00 p.m. The puck from the Centennial drops at 7:30.