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Silver streak for Saskatoon Blades, MacKinnon injury minor: Saturday’s coast-to-coast

Neate Sager
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WHL

Saturday night could be another day in the Portland-Kelowna matchup, but a Winterhawks win would open a nine-point lead in the Western Conference race. (Portland Tribune)

The Victoria Royals got along rather well while captain Tyler Stahl was suspended for a head shot. He returns for a big game at Spokane on Sunday. (Victoria Times-Colonist)

Former NHLer Kelly Chase reflects back to Feb. 9, 1988, when the Saskatoon Blades opened the Credit Union Centre arena. The current Blades are expecting a crowd of 13,000-plus as they put a seven-game win streak on the line Saturday vs. Lethbridge. (Saskatoon StarPhoenix, Southwest Booster)

Kamloops Blazers defenceman Marek Hrbas is open to being a two-spot, import/overage player, next season. (Kamloops Daily News)

All this winning and Kootenay is still three points out of a playoff position? (Between The Lines)

OHL

Lots to curse at London, Ont., this Saturday: the snow, the apparent impossibility of buying a ticket on the Budweiser Gardens website to an upcoming Pearl Jam concert and Owen Sound Attack right wing Cameron Brace. Brace drew London's Matt Rupert into a penalty, then scored the winning goal Friday for the Attack's first road win over the Knights since 2011. (London Free Press)

Belleville Bulls D-man Jake Cardwell might be lucky to only be sitting 10 games after being suspended for an altercation with a fan in Oshawa. (Belleville Intelligencer)

Josh Brown has a retrospective on the 1983-84 Kitchener Rangers' 25-game win streak, which is still tied for the major junior record. (Waterloo Record)

Toronto Maple Leafs-drafted goalie Garret Sparks stopped three drafted forwards on penalty shots or shootout attempts during Guelph's win at Kitchener. The Rangers did not like the Storm's victory dog-pile on their centre-ice logo. (Guelph Mercury)

What is the Sarnia Sting's game plan, kill with kindness? The Sting are going even more retro on Saturday, wearing Cornwall Royals throwback warm-up jerseys to honour opposing Barrie Colts coach Dale Hawerchuk. (Know your franchise progressions: Cornwall-Newmarket-Sarnia.) (Sarnia Observer)

The Brampton Battalion, thanks to Friday's shootout win, have the tiebreaker over the Sudbury Wolves if the division rivals tie in the final standings. (Sudbury Star)

QMJHL

The Moncton Wildcats looked legit while beating Halifax 8-5 on Friday night hockey. Meantime, Mooseheads star Nathan MacKinnon checked out of the contest with an apparently not serious lower-body injury. (Halifax Chronicle-Herald)

The Quebec Remparts, who could only muster a singleton vs. lowly Shawinigan on Friday, are fed up. Overage forward Logan Shaw, paraphrasing, said something like, "if this keeps up, it will be embarrassing in the playoffs." (Le Soleil)

Could Jonathan Drouin really win the scoring title despite missing 16 games due to injury and the world junior? (Halifax Chronicle-Herald)

Under Éric Veilleux, the Baie-Comeau Drakkar have already tied their record for road wins in a season with games to spare. (Le Soleil)

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