After playing three home games last week in five days after a six-game road trip, the Golden Eagles could use a few days off before heading back on the road for six more games.
They won't get it this week, but they'll get the next best thing - two games with Kansas City Tuesday and Thursday in the Salt Palace.The expansion Blades have become the league's doormat in their initial season losing 20 of their first 26 games. Four weeks ago they came to Salt Lake and were blasted by the Eagles 6-1 and 8-4.
However, the Eagles had better be wary because the Blades won't be the same team the Eagles saw a month ago. They've revamped their roster and it has seemed to make a difference.
Last week, the Blades knocked off IHL East-leading Kalamazoo 6-4 when the Wings were going for a professional hockey record 11th straight road win. Then on Saturday the Blades knocked off Indianapolis, the second-place team in the East 6-5 in OT on the road. One of the Blades' new additions, goaltender Paul Cohen, has won two of three games and made 38 saves against Indianapolis.
The Eagles are also a different team than the one that beat the Blades earlier. Since then, they have added goalie Steve Guenette, who is unbeaten in regulation this year and Marc Bureau who leads the team in scoring and is among the tops in the league despite missing six games.
The Eagles did lose Ken Sabourin, who was leading the team in the plus/minus category. He was recalled Sunday by the parent Calgary Flames to replace an injured player.
After Thursday's game, the Eagles head back on the road for a pair of games in Peoria Friday and Saturday. Next week they have a pair of games in Phoenix and the following week play two in Kansas City.