When: 7:05 p.m. Friday at Sioux Falls, 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Sioux City Radio: 1290 AM KOIL
Scouting Omaha: Simply stated, the 32-25-1 Lancers have to win as many games as possible while hoping one of the two teams ahead of them stumbles to the finish line if they hope to take their streak of consecutive playoff appearances to 24 years. … Matias Cleland has moved into second among USHL defensemen in scoring with 37 points on nine goals and 28 assists. … Goalie Alex Lyon is third in the league in both wins (25) and save percentage (.917), and fourth in goals against per game at 2.59. … Omaha is 14-13-1 in road games this season, and four of its final six are away from Ralston Arena. The Lancers haven’t won a road game since Feb. 8 and are 0-3-1 in their past four away games. … Omaha is 24-8-1 when scoring a power play goal and 25-13 when it doesn’t allow a man-down goal.
Scouting Sioux Falls: The 42-14-2 Stampede are 2-4 this season against Omaha, each team winning at home. They meet one more time after this game for the April 13 regular-season finale in Sioux Falls. … Sioux Falls is in first place in the Western Conference and already has clinched a berth in the Clark Cup playoffs. The Stampede have won their past seven games, outscoring opponents 27-14 in that stretch. … Forward Dennis Kravchekno leads Sioux Falls in scoring with 55 points (20 goals, 35 assists). … Sioux Falls is 21-6 at home this season.
Scouting Sioux City: This will be the ninth and final game of the season between the Lancers and the 19-28-11 Musketeers, who are tied for seventh in the Western Conference. … Omaha is 4-4 against Sioux City but has lost the past three games in the series. … Forward Mike Guentzel, a UNO recruit, begins the week in the midst of a 15-game scoring streak, accounting for 32 of his 60 points this season. … Sioux City’s power play is ranked fifth at .193 but is just .111 (4 of 36) against Omaha.
— Steve Beideck