Valencia Flyers (16-11-2, 2nd in Pacific Division) @ Bay Area Seals (12-15-1, 6th in Pacific Division)
Three-game series, played Friday and Sunday in Daly City and Saturday in Redwood City, California
The hottest team in the league will look to keep their streak alive, when the Bay Area Seals play host to the Valencia Flyers for three games.
The Seals have been on fire since making a rash of roster moves right around the Showcase and have jumped up into the playoff race by winning seven straight and 9 of their last 10.
Offense has been the primary beneficiary of the recent acquisitions, led by Slovakian imports Kristian Kucera and Filip Ondracek, while goaltender Filip Orcik has literally been flawless since coming aboard, going 6-0-0 with dazzling goals against and save percentage numbers.
A new-look roster full of talent never hurts but the biggest transformation for the Seals has been their team discipline, which they grossly lacked early in the season.
They’ve stopped taking the bad penalties that got them into trouble and have been able to play physically without stepping over the line. That isn’t to say they’re a team that is going to be pushed around, especially with hulking defenseman Ladislav Hruska patrolling the blueline but they’re a much smarter team overall.
They’re coming off of a three-game sweep of the Ontario Avalanche, who are a very tough team in their own right but they’ll face an even bigger challenge this weekend, when the 2nd place Valencia Flyers roll into town.