Saturday, December 12, 2009

Insider Preview: Texas Brahmas @ Tulsa Oilers

Brahmas looking for sixth straight win

The Texas Brahmas (12-9-3, 27 points) are at the BOK Center in Tulsa tonight to take on the Oilers (12-8-1, 25 points). It is the fourth meeting between the two teams. The Brahmas lead the series 2-1.

The Brahmas are red hot on a five-game winning streak while the Oilers have lost their last five dating back to the last meeting with the Brahmas at NYTEX on November 29th.

Tulsa's three top scorers include Rob Hisey (C) with 35 points (15 G, 20 A, +7), TJ Caig (RW) with 32 points (14 G, 18 A, +3) and former Brahma Aaron Davis (C) with 22 points (9 G, 13 A, -2). Davis is averaging better than a point a game. Their leading defensive scorer is Derek Eastman with 17 points (3 G, 14 A, +4).

Their top goon is the infamous right wing Rick Kozak (66 PIM).

On special teams, the Oilers have the number five power play with a 18.52 percentage and the number six penalty kill with an 83.47 percentage. They also have seven short-handed goals.

Kevin Armstrong (11-4-1-1) is expected in net for the Oilers. He is ranked 19th in the league with a 3.53 GAA and 20th in the league with a .885 save percentage.

Defenseman RJ Linder and forward Marty Standish are out on the injured reserve and as of this writing, are not expected to play tonight.

The Brahmas top three scorers are Jordan Cameron (F) with 25 points (5 G, 20 A, +3), Kevin McLeod (D) with 18 points (10 G, 8 A, -2) and Grant Jacobsen with 12 points (10 G, 6 A, -1) . McLeod is also the Brahmas’ leading defensive scorer. Gale and Cameron have scored the majority of their points on the road (Gale: 6 G, 5 A, 0 and Cameron: 2 G, 9 A, 0).

On special teams, the Brahmas are 14th in the league with a 10.81 percentage and 10th on the penalty kill with an 81.82 percentage. They lead the league with eight short-handed goals.

Brett Jaeger (6-6-1) will get the start tonight. He will be backed up by Joe Palmer, who is back from his one game stint with the Rockford IceHogs (AHL).

As of this writing, Jason Deitsch remains on injured reserve (shoulder) and Anders Strome is listed as a scratch. James Hiebert and Luke Sellars are also out due to their league suspensions.

The game begins at 7:35pm CST and will be shown on CHL-TV. You can join other Brahmas fans and watch it at Zuroma if you don't have a subscription.

Photo Credit: Les Stockton

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