Of course, Everett has played just two games, the fewest of any team in the conference. Not only is that a miniscule sample size, those two victories came against the two teams that didn't make the playoffs in the Western Conference last season. So despite the Tips holding a 12-4 goal differential, we can say we have a good gauge of how Everett's season will go.
That changes in the upcoming week. For the first time the Tips have more than one game in a week as Everett has three. All three are at home, but they're against formidable opposition:
- On Wednesday Everett faces Kelowna, the overwhelming favorite in the B.C. Division and a team that smashed the Tips on multiple occasions last season. The Rockets have one of the league's best defenses, along with two quality goaltenders.
- The Tips entertain Tri-City on Friday. The Americans have won 40 games in a WHL-record seven straight seasons. But they're off to a slow start, and if there's a game this week that looks less formidable this is the one.
- Then on Saturday those Spokane Chiefs roll into town. I'm not sure anyone thought Spokane was going to be any good this season, but the Chiefs are making a mockery of those predictions. Overage forwards Mitch Holmberg and Mike Aviani have put up silly numbers in four games.
So while the Tips are off to a promising start, we should have a better idea of where they currently stand in the Western Conference by this point next weekend.
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