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Matthew Gourlie - Warriors Notebook

Moose Jaw-Brandon pre-game & season predictions - Here are Moose Jaw’s line combinations from Thursday’s practice after the Hansen-Rodewald trade (LW-C-RW):Eberle-Point-RodewaldFiddler-Fioretti-ChirvaPotomak-Gore-WhiteUhrich-Hansen-WarkentineIf I had to guess, I think Duperreault and Del Grosso will sit along with Tyler Brown and Rossignol on defence.The trade moves Fioretti back to centre and off the wing. It’s a big opportunity for Rodewald playing with some skilled players. Still, that trio should be pretty effective on the cycle as well. *  *  *  *Brandon is expected to be without three of their top defenceman tonight: Taylor Green (a 6-7 beast who played for Seattle last year), captain Ryan Pulock and Nick Walters. Pulock played for the New York Islanders Thursday night, while Green and Walters are both injured.Eric Roy, Rene Hunter, Colton Waltz and Kord Pankiewicz will be leaned upon heavily on the Wheat Kings defence. That’s pretty good depth considering who they are missing, but the strength of the Wheat Kings’ team is not as strong as it will be.*  *  *  *Here are my fearless predictions for the Eastern Conference this season:East Division1. Swift Current2. Prince Albert3. Moose Jaw4. Brandon5. Regina6. SaskatoonFormer colleague Jeff D’Andrea from PA Now and I have been debating our respective picks for the division winner. PA has better high-end scoring and a better defence, but SC has the better goalie in Eetu Laurikainen and a lot more depth up front. The bottom line for me is that SC is going to be a tough team to play against and I think that and their goaltending (not that Cole Cheveldave isn’t a…

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