Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Tuesday's Portland Winterhawks's News and Notes: Schedule and Injuries

Portland Celebrating a Game Three Win Over Everett Last Year
First off , here is the schedule for round one vs. the Everett Silvertips:
Western Conference – Round 1, Series H
Everett Silvertips vs. Portland Winterhawks
Game Visitor
Home Date Time Venue
1 Portland @ Everett Friday, March 25 7:35 XFINITY Arena
2 Portland @ Everett Saturday, March 26 7:05 XFINITY Arena
3 Everett @ Portland Tuesday, March 29 7:00 Moda Center
4 Everett @ Portland Wednesday, March 30 7:00 Moda Center
5* Portland @ Everett Friday, April 1 7:35 XFINITY Arena
6* Everett @ Portland Saturday, April 2 6:00 Veterans Memorial Coliseum
7* Portland @ Everett Monday, April 4 7:05 XFINITY Arena
-Portland has gotten used to hosting the prime games of the series in the first round(Friday and Saturday) and that is not the case this year as the #2 seed in the U.S. Division Silvertips have home ice over the #3 seed Winterhawks. Games three and four are in the Moda Center for Portland, but game six (if necessary) will be in the old barn (Veteran Memorial Coliseum). As it is the playoffs, I would expect Portland to get a crowd of 9,000 plus, despite them being weekday games. It's interesting that game six is at 6:00 instead of 7:00, most likely due to the Trail Blazers playing next door against the Miami Heat. Fans should keep this in mind, as game six, always seems like like it's the most likely game to go to overtime.

-Besides the injury everyone is talking about (Carter Hart), Everett had six players listed on the last injury report, put out on March 15th.

Everett Injuries
#6 Mackenzie Dwyer, D, lower body, indefinite
#12 Dawson Leedahl, F, upper body, TBD
#4 Brycen Martin, D, upper body, day-to-day
#7 Tristen Pfiefer, D, upper body, day-to-day
#16 Carson Stadnyk, F, lower body, day-to-day
#14 Riley Sutter, F, lower body, week-to-week
-Brycen Martin not only played in the last three games of the season for Everett, he had an assist each, in the last two. Martin has been Everett's most consistent defenseman, since being acquired from Saskatoon
-Dawson Leedahl, was a big factor in Everett's win a couple weeks ago over Portland and has really struggled to get back into the lineup since breaking his hand in early February. He is not only Everett's emotional leader and team captain, he provides a heavy presence that causes all kinds of problems for the other team, with big checks. Leedahl was a participant in practice today and it would take another setback, in my opinion, to get someone with his competitiveness to sit out game one.
-Carson Stadnyk also played in Everett's last three games and had a goal in that span. He has been inconsistent, but has the ability to put the team on his back and provide a big goal or two.
-Mackenzie Dwyer is a depth d-man, who will miss at least round one of the playoffs. The play of rookie d-man Jake Christiansen, makes this loss easier for them to withstand.
-Riley Sutter has been out since January 22nd, when he broke his tibia, but returned to practice this week. I would say that the rookie, will not be much of a factor in this series, healthy or not, but Evrett has gotten big goals from their rookies all year, so you cannot count him out.
-Tristen Pfeifer has missed the team's last four games and has not been in practice this week. He has been a top-four d-man at times this year for Everett and at the very least would play 13-16 minutes a night if he was healthy. If Pfeifer does not play this series, the top-four of Martin, Noah Juulsen, Cole MacDonald and Kevin Davis could get worn down, especially if there is a few overtime games in the mix.

Portland Injuries:
-Paul Bittner is the only injury for Portland right now and he should be out for at least the first round.

Winterhawks in the NHL Tuesday:
-18:49 of ice time for Oliver Bjorkstrand in Columbus's 3-2 shootout win over Philadelphia. He was a plus one, with two shots on net, while blocking a shot. He was stopped on his shootout attempt, which is no surprise to Portland fans, who watched him surprisingly struggle in the circus in his WHL career. Seth Jones and Brandon Dubinsky each had an assist in the Blue Jackets' win.
-Colton Sceviour had a goal and an assist for Dallas as they blew out Chicago 6-2.

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