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Getting to know your P.A. Raiders

Seattle hosts the Prince Albert Raiders tonight at the Key. The Raiders used a 33 save effort from our old friend and former Winterhawk Dustin Butler to steal a 2-1 win over the Silvertips in Everett last night.

P.A. is 17-30-5 after last nights win which is good for only 39 points and a point percentage of .375.

They are 3-7 in their last 10 games and broke a 3 game losing streak last night. They have been outscored 182-143 on the season.

The Raiders are actually better on the road than at home with a record of 10-15-2 on the road but have been outscored 77 to 102 on the road. They have played 7 games into overtime and only earned the extra point twice (for 9 total points).

A very strange statistical abnormality here... The Raiders are 17th overall on the Power Play at 17.6% but they are way better than that on the road ranking 5th in the league and scoring at a 21.8% clip.

The good news is they rank only 19th on the PK overall and kill at a 78.1% clip and they are even worse than that on the road at 75.4% which is 21st only ahead of the Portland Winterhawks.

One more interesting stat... the Raiders have lost 4 of their 6 shootouts but it hasn't been for lack of scoring as they have converted 6 of 22 chances but have surrendered 8 of 22 chances.

Players to watch...

19 year old Ryan McDonald has 20-25-45 in 51 games
19 year old Import Max Brandl 14-12-26 in 45 games


20 year old Dustin Butler is 12-19-3 with a Shutout, 3.12 GAA and 90.3% Sv%
17 year old Steven Stanford is 5-11-2 with a 3.74 GAA and 89.2% Sv%

I would guess that Stanford will probably get the start tonight with Butler playing last night but they do have Thursday off and games only on Friday and Saturday this weekend.

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