Never has a seventh-place team looked so dangerous.
Picked by many to be the class of the WHL's Eastern Conference this season, the Lethbridge Hurricanes have stumbled to a pedestrian 26-23-5 record.
But the 'Canes added one of the best defencemen in the league yesterday when Luca Sbisa was returned to the junior team by the Philadelphia Flyers.
"We feel that it is in the best interest of Luca and the Flyers organization that he gets back to playing on a regular basis," said Flyers GM Paul Holmgren.
The Hurricanes will also welcome back suspended stars Kyle Beach and Dwight King this week, making the Lethbridge club a scary proposition down the stretch.
After thumping the Moose Jaw Warriors by a combined 21-2 in a pair of lopsided wins, the Saskatoon Blades received a wake-up call on the weekend.
"We're going to concentrate on our play without the puck," head coach Lorne Molleken told the Saskatoon StarPhoenix after the Tribe snapped the Blades' 10-game winning streak, their longest in 15 seasons, with a 4-3 win.