7:35 p.m. Friday: at Dubuque
7:05 p.m. Saturday: vs. Chicago, at Ralston Arena
Radio: 1290 AM KOIL
Scouting Omaha: The Lancers (19-15-3) are third in the USHL’s Western Conference with 41 standings points, three behind second-place Tri-City (one fewer game played) and six behind first-place Lincoln (four fewer games played). ... Omaha’s penalty kill is first in the 17-team league with a success rate of .868. ... Left wing Nick Rivera is on a five-game goal streak, accounting for six goals and one assist in that stretch. Rivera, with 27 points, is one behind center Josh French for the team lead in scoring. ... The Lancers are still struggling to generate offensive chances, ranking last in the league in shots attempted per game at 26.6.
Scouting Dubuque: The Fighting Saints (24-13) are second in the Eastern Conference with 48 standings points, five behind first-place Cedar Rapids with one fewer game played. ... Dubuque is third in the league in scoring, averaging 3.27 goals per game. The Fighting Saints also are getting the third-most shots per game at 32.5. ... In the first meeting of the season with the Lancers, Dubuque rallied from a 2-1 deficit to win 3-2 Dec. 4 at Ralston Arena. ... Nathan Sucese, who scored the winning goal against Omaha with four seconds remaining in regulation, has four game-winning goals and leads the team with 37 points.
Scouting Chicago: The Steel (16-18-6) are tied for sixth with Team USA in the Eastern Conference with 38 standings points, eight behind fifth-place Bloomington. ... Chicago is 14-0-1 when leading after two periods. ... The Steel have seven short-handed goals, tied for first in the league. ... Chicago has the third-ranked penalty killing unit overall and in away games.