This weekend the Bristol Pitbulls take on the Telford Tiger in a double header as the Pitbulls welcome the Tigers to the Pound on Saturday evening then make the trip up north to take on the Tigers.
The Telford Tigers currently sit in 6th place within the league table with 16 points from 7 wins, 6 losses and 2 overtime losses therefore securing roughly 53% of the points that have been on offer so far in games this season. The Tigers have allowed 57 goals against them this season while on the other side scored a total of 50 goals. Their power play unit has a 23.19% effective percentage with 16 out of 69 power plays successfully used while their penalty kill unit is very strong and will be something the Pitbulls will need to try to tackle with 48 out of 56 penalty kills successfully executed. The Tigers have also just ended a 5 game lose streak in their 4-1 win against the Sheffield Steeldogs last weekend.
Telford have had 549 shots in favour of them and are averaging roughly 37 shots a game on the opposition’s netminder. There have also been 3 short-handed goals scored against the Tigers this season but Telford have also managed to score 2 short-handed goals.
A player to watch offensively in the games against the Tigers is Scott McKenzie, in 15 games has a total of 22 points with 6 goals and 16 assists that shows he is a vital part of the plays when the Tigers are trying to create chances that the Pitbulls will need to watch out for. On the defensive side of the game the Pitbulls will need to keep a close eye on Rhodes Mitchell-King as while being a very effective defenseman, he also has the skills to play an offensive role as so far this season in 15 games he has scored 1 goal but totalled up 12 assists and is the Tigers’ top point scorer amongst the defencemen. Big news courtesy of the Department of Player Safety as Canadian import Jaden Peca will miss the two games this weekend through suspension.