Woke up like this. There have been worse road wake-up visuals.
The picture for the Silvertips postseason is also getting much more clear. They’ve already clinched a berth and home ice advantage in the first round.
Tonight: if they win at Portland, they clinch their 6th U.S. Division title and back-to-back top Conference record honors. The magic number is 3 points to get it done, and tonight is a “4-point swing” game.
Not to mention: Patrick Bajkov needs just one more goal and an assist to break another Tips record: single season for points.
Quick turnaround even with the “spring forward” thing: naps and coffee are today’s friend. See you on the radio and the drops in #RipCity at 5:00pm.
AUDIO STREAM: Radio (1380 AM) / Tips App, too
ON THE BROADCAST: (pregame at 4:30 pm from Moda Center)
- Pregame: Matt Fonteyne, Dennis Williams
- 1st Intermission: WHL This Week
- 2nd Intermission: Tips Talk
The Silvertips have a magic number of 3 (outright) to clinch the U.S. Division title and can clinch the Division title today if they defeat the Winterhawks.
The Silvertips hold a six-point lead for first place in the Western Conference and U.S. Division with 4 games to play.
The Silvertips have clinched a playoff berth for the 15th straight season, the longest current streak in the WHL and home ice advantage in the opening round.
IF THE PLAYOFFS BEGAN TODAY: The Silvertips would face the Seattle Thunderbirds in the first round.
TOP 5 TIPS TIDBITS
- TORRID TIPS: The Tips are 41-8-1-3 in the last 56 games and finished 9-1-1-1 in February… they have won 35 of the last 43 games … Garrett Pilon led the Silvertips with 15 points in 12 games during February … they have 4 games of scoring 8 goals or more.
- NOT STANDING PAT: Patrick Bajkov, the leading Tips scorer, set the new Silvertips all-time scoring record with 264 points on Feb. 2, when he surpassed Zach Hamill with a first period power play goal … has twice tied his career high of 5 points … he reached the Silvertips all-time goal scoring record (108) with a goal vs. Kelowna on Mar. 2 … he is a goal or assist away from setting the new Tips single season points record (94).
- RIPPING IT ON THE ROAD: The Silvertips have won eight straight games on the road, setting a new franchise record on Mar. 10 at Seattle (3-2 win).
- AGAINST THE U.S. DIVISION: The Tips are 22-10-0-1 against opponents from the U.S. Division … their next U.S. Division opponent is Tuesday at Tri-City (final matchup of the season).
- SPECIAL DELIVERIES: For special teams, the Tips penalty kill is 1st in the WHL (84.5) … the Tips power play went 5-of-9 on Jan. 7 vs. Victoria, tying a franchise record for most power play goals in one game (5) … they are 10-of-28 in the last seven games … Connor Dewar and Matt Fonteyne lead the Tips with 15 power play goals.