The night before, the Pats did the Broncos a favor with a 6-3 win over the Raiders at the Brandt Center.
Enmax Center (photo credit Calvin Dyck)The WHL is initiating most of the talk as to where the Broncos will play their home games in the first round. Regina and Lethbridge continue to be the best options with the Pats recently waiving their territorial rights.
Being the superstitious fella that I am I still can't really openly talk about playoff "home games" until the Broncos officially have a "x" by their name.
It may just come down to who the Broncos play in the first round ( if ) they clinch a playoff spot. On paper, Lethbridge would be a good option if it's the Calgary Hitmen while Regina would be the destination if it's the Brandon Wheat Kings.
I can't help to think that these venues will favor either Calgary or Brandon (as if they needed anymore help). Brandon's travel would be cut down 250kms while the Broncos would have to travel the extra distance. Calgary would shade nearly 300kms by going to Lethbridge.
So much for home-ice advantage.
I'll get more on this later today......
Is Former Bronco captain Zack Smith a beauty or what?
He was an emergency call-up from the AHL's Binghamton Senators after the flu bug hit the Ottawa Senators dressing room.
He arrived late Saturday night at the ACC in Toronto during the first period. There was just an absolute great shot of him on HNIC walking into the rink with one of the staff carrying his bag. He smiled that vintage grin to one of the Sens staff on his way into the room.
He suited up and played pretty well - he even played on a line with Jason Spezza for a bit.
Smitty is top-notch kid. He works hard and his teammates can't help but like him.
I hope the Sens take a real long look at keeping him full-time next season.