Ontario, CA – The Ontario Reign, proud American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL), visit the Tucson Roadrunners tonight at 6:05 PT at Tucson Arena in Tucson, AZ. Tonight is the seventh of 12 regular-season meetings between the two teams.
Series at a Glance:
The Reign are 2-2-2-0 against the Roadrunners this season and 1-2-2-0 at Tucson Arena. The two teams battled last Monday with the Roadrunners prevailing 3-2. Reign defenseman Vincent LoVerde leads the head-to-head series with seven points (two goals, five assists).
The End of a Winding Road:
The Reign wrap up a five-game in eight-day stretch tonight (2-2-0-0).
Battle for First Place:
The Reign lead the Pacific Division with a .667 winning percentage. The Roadrunners (third place) and San Jose Barracuda (second) are challenging for the top spot with a .656 winning percentage. The Barracuda are not in action tonight.
Leslie Lifting Teammates:
Defenseman Zac Leslie enters tonight’s contest on a six-game assist streak (six assists).
Kempe Carries Strong Play:
Forward Adrian Kempe has three goals in his last four games and four goals in his last six contests. He scored a power-play goal on Monday against Tucson.
Hensick on Verge of AHL History:
Forward T.J. Hensick enters tonight’s contest one point shy of 500 in his AHL career. In 536 career AHL games, Hensick holds 149 goals and 350 assists and looks to become the 90th player in league history to reach the 500 club.
Forward Jonny Brodzinski is two games from 100 in his professional career.
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Ontario: 19-8-6-0, 44 points (1st, Pacific Division)
Tucson: 19-9-4-0, 42 points (3rd, Pacific Division)
2016-17 Head-to-Head Schedule (All Times Local)
Nov. 4 Ontario at Tucson 3-2 Loss Recap
Nov. 5 Ontario at Tucson 5-4 OT Loss Recap
Dec. 2 Tucson at Ontario 4-1 Win Recap
Dec. 7 Ontario at Tucson 3-2 Overtime Win Recap
Dec. 9 Ontario at Tucson 5-4 Overtime Loss Recap
Jan. 16 Ontario at Tucson 3-2 Loss Recap
Jan. 18 Ontario at Tucson 7:05 pm MST
Feb. 17 Tucson at Ontario 7:00 pm PST
Feb. 22 Tucson at Ontario 7:00 pm PST
Mar. 4 Tucson at Ontario 6:00 pm PST
Mar. 11 Tucson at Ontario 6:00 pm PST
Mar. 12 Tucson at Ontario 3:00 pm PDT
Ontario vs. Tucson, All-Time Head-to-Head Record
Ontario: 44-19-4-1, 93 points, .684 winning percentage (1st place, Pacific Division)
Tucson: 26-42-3-5, 60 points, .395 winning percentage (7th place, Atlantic Division) – as Springfield Falcons
Ontario: Mike Stothers (3rd season with LA Kings affiliate, 2nd with Ontario)
Tucson: Mark Lamb (1st season with Tucson)
Ontario: Los Angeles Kings
Tucson: Arizona Coyotes