After a tough battle against the Swindon Wildcats last Sunday, the TSI World Bees now look to these next 2 fixtures against the Swindon Wildcats away on Saturday evening and then the Raiders IHC as the Bees welcome them to the Slough Ice Arena on Sunday evening.
The Swindon Wildcats are currently sat in 3rd place in the league standings as it stands going into Saturday as they have secured 40 points so far, which is 69% of the points that have been on offer to them so far this season. They have done that through winning 19 games, losing 8 games and taking 2 games to overtime but had not done enough to secure the 2 points but walked away with 1 point. The Wildcats are going into Saturday on a 2 game winning streak after beating the Raiders IHC last Saturday and then the Bees at the Slough Ice Arena on Sunday in a 7-6 game.
The power play unit that the Wildcats have put out this season has been very effective and as it stands going into this weekend with it being successful 33% of the time for Swindon through them being able to use 40 out of 122 man advantage in 29 games. This is in comparison to the Bees’ 21% effective power play that managed 3 power play goals against the Wildcats last Sunday. The penalty kill unit at the Wildcats is still pretty even compared to the Bees’ as Swindon’s currently stand with 74.79% of their penalties that they faced being able to be killed while the Bees’ stands at 74.31% being killed but even with Swindon having a man advantage last weekend Dominik Gabaj still managed to get the puck to the back of Marr’s goal.
The Wildcats have been forced to face 906 shots on goals against them in the 29 games they have completed and are facing an average of 31 shots on goal per game while the Bees are averaging 32 shots on goal per game on the opposing teams’ netminder. Swindon have been able to have 978 shots on goal across their games this season and are on an average of 34 shots on goal per game against the opposing team’s goalie while the Bees are currently seeing roughly 36 shots on goal a game from opposing teams. Swindon have seen a total of 111 goals being scored against them this season with 5 of them being short-handed so far while also being able to get 143 pucks to the back of netminders across the league and only 3 of those goals in favour of the Wildcats have been scored while being short-handed and those have been scored by Russell Cowley, Tomasz Malasinski and Gael Lubwele.
Coming into Saturday’s fixture against the Wildcats, the Bees will need to watch out for the likes Tomasz Malasinski who last weekend against the Bees managed to score a hat trick and has also collected 61 points from scoring 28 goals and 33 assists. He has scored 9 power play goals, 1 short-handed goal and 5 game winning goals. Someone else that will make an impact for Swindon is Chris Jones who has collected 35 points from 11 goals and 24 assists this season. He tends to go unnoticed but does a lot to push the puck to the offensive zone for the Wildcats and this season has scored 3 power play goals and 2 game winners.
The Raiders are sat in 7th place in the league standings as it stands going into this weekend as they have secured 27 points so far, which is 43% of the points that have been on offer to them so far this season. They have gotten those points from winning 11 games, losing 15 games and taking 5 games to overtime but had fallen short in the final part and walked away with 1 point. The Raiders are going into this weekend after beating the Sheffield Steeldogs in a 4-2 game last Sunday at Sheffield.
The Raider’s power play this season has been very effective after being able to use 31 out of 119 situations where they have had the man advantage which is a 26% success rate. Their penalty kill is roughly 74% effective after the Raiders have been able to kill 96 out of 130 points where they have been a player down in their games. The Raiders have been able to score 124 goals so far in their 31 games while allowing teams across the league to score against them 142 times.
The Raiders have had 1055 shots on goal against them in the 31 games they have completed and are averaging 34 shots on goal a game from opposing teams but also been able to have 1127 shots on the opposing teams across the leagues netminders and are having roughly 36 shots on goal per game. There has only been one short-handed goal scored by the Raiders this season so far and that was scored by Brandon Ayliffe while other teams have managed to score 9 short-handed goals against the Raiders.
Going into Sunday the Bees will need to watch out for Adam Laishram who has scored 23 goals this season and had 30 assists which totals to 53 points. From these goals he has had 4 power play goals while having no short-handed goals but has scored 3 game winning goals and could very easily be a vital part of the Raiders’ game on Sunday evening. Another person to watch out for is Coy Prevost who is a big part of the Raiders’ defensive gameplay but at the same time also provides an offensive defenseman type of gameplay as he has collected 20 points in 15 games from 4 goals and 16 assists with 2 of his goals being from power play chances.