Hitmen seek playoff gear

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:15 AM ET

All they can do is win. And let the rest take care of itself.

The Calgary Hitmen, who trail Medicine Hat by two points for top spot in the Central Division, wrap up the regular season on the road this weekend.

Jeff Schultz, co-winner of the club's top defenceman aw-ard, said the team is aware of all the different scenarios.

But, regardless of where the Hitmen finish, he says they want to go into the playoffs on a roll.

"We've been looking at the standings the last few days," the 20-year-old rearguard said.

"We still want to finish No. 1 but we're not too worried about who we'll play."

To finish in first and sew up home-ice advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs, the Hitmen will need to beat Lethbridge tonight (7 p.m., The Fan 960) and Red Deer tomorrow. They'll also need either Swift Current or Regina to beat the Tigers this weekend.

With Lethbridge clinging to a two-point lead over Swift Current for third place in the division, tonight's tilt could be a first-round preview.

"We want to win these two games," Shultz says. "Even if we don't finish in first, we can use this game as a tune-up to leave an impression in (the Hurricanes') minds that it's going to be a hard-fought series.

"We don't want to go into the playoffs struggling against a team we're going to face."

Calgary, which eliminated the 'Canes in last spring's five-game first-round matchup, has won four of the five meetings between the the two squads this season.

Last Sunday's crucial 3-2 win over Medicine Hat, which snapped a season-long five-game losing skid, has done wonders for team moral.


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