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FIVE THINGS TO KNOW: Saints vs. Steel 10/20

By Jordan Kuhns, 10/20/17, 1:45PM CDT


Fighting Saints travel to Chicago to take on the champs


1. For the Fighting Saints, finding a consistent source of offense may be the name of the game tonight. The Saints face a Steel team that, the last time they took the ice at home, gave up 10 goals. The Fighting Saints as a collective have scored four goals overall, and will need to continue to pave the path towards a more successful and consistent offensive output.

2. Goaltender Oskar Autio made goal scoring difficult in the Fighting Saints' home opener in early October. The Finnish rookie made 25 stops in his Steel debut, with many of the high-quality variety, en route to the 6-2 victory over Dubuque. Autio has credit for the other Chicago win this season as well.

3. Two Chicago forwards have torched the opposition in the early going. One is Vegas Golden Knights draft pick Jack Dugan, who has three goals and two assists. Dugan scored the game-winning goal on a penalty shot in a 3-2 win over Muskegon last weekend. Baker Shore also has five points on the season, and comes from a bloodline of NHL draft picks. Both are players to certainly look out for tonight.

4. Traditionally, the Chicago Steel have always been a strong penalty killing team. This year is no different. They currently rank fourth in the league with an 88.9% success rate, and are a perfect 4-for-4 on home ice, even when they gave up 10 goals in their only home game. The Fighting Saints' power play (13.3%), which scored in the last game, will be counted on to break through.

5. Limiting scoring chances is always the name of the game for any team in today's hockey landscape. The Fighting Saints' defense has been very good lately, giving up only 4 goals in the last three games, and allowing, on average, just a shade over 24 shots on goal per game, which is second-best in the league.