After a week on the road where they posted a 2-2 record, the Tri-City Americans are at Toyota Center for a four-game homestand.
The Americans (40-23-2-2, 84 points) will play host to Prince George today. On Tuesday, Everett comes to town, and Tri-City will start the weekend at home against Chilliwack and Spokane before going to Seattle next Sunday to wrap up the regular season.
Tri-City captain Kruise Reddick was enjoying his day off Saturday, but knows it will be a busy week to finish the season.
"I've just been being a bum and relaxing," Reddick said. "It seems just the other day, I was 16, and now it's the last week of my 20 season. I don't know where the time has gone, to be honest. We didn't have the best of luck on the road. Coming home in front of our fans will be good."
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Tri-City, which has lost two in a row and six of its last 10 games, has encountered a problem equal to their slew of injuries -- lack of scoring.
The Americans, who average 3.92 goals per game, have been outscored 8-2 in their last two games against Kelowna and Spokane.
"We've had chances in both games," Reddick said. "In Kelowna, we could have easily have won, and in the first in Spokane, we had our chances. We just need to bear down and bury those."
Reddick's linemate Brendan Shinnimin agreed.
"I think we are playing some good hockey, we're just not getting the bounces," Shinnimin said. "We have to learn to play better against Spokane. Playoffs are coming up and we have a hard week to finish the season and we want to do it in winning fashion.
"It's going to be great to finish off most of the season at home, be in our beds and play in front of our fans. We are a team that plays well at home. It will be huge to get wins going into the playoffs."
The Cougars (31-34-2-2, 66 points), who won their first trip to Toyota Center 4-3 in a shootout on Oct. 30, are fighting to keep a hold of their playoff spot.
PG, after a 5-1 win over Seattle on Saturday, is seventh in the Western Conference, one point ahead of Everett. The Cougars missed the playoffs last year.
"They are fighting for that final spot," Reddick said. "That make them extremely dangerous. "They are playing every night like it's their last."