Daemyung Sangmu marches into the Dragon’s lair seeking first win in China since 2013

Tonight the China Dragon take on Daemyung Sangmu for the final three games of their six game season series. The Dragon won 1 of 3 in Incheon back in September. 
Sangmu vs Dragon results 2015/16
Sangmu 4-1 @ Incheon
Sangmu 3-6 @ Incheon
Sangmu 9-2 @ Incheon

Sangmu has not won in China since a 7-1 victory in Harbin on 10/15/2013. 

Where they stand:

The Dragon are in last place (9th) and have been eliminated from playoff contention for the seventh consecutive season, but they can finish as high as seventh. However, this season has been more important for the development and growth of the younger Chinese-born players, some of whom are having their best seasons. At 23 years old, defenseman Yangxi Ming is in his fourth Asia League campaign and has 13 points in 39 games. That’s compared to his 10 in 103 games over the previous three seasons. Hu Tianyu, also 23, returned after three seasons with Tohoku Freeblades and has also shown growth and been on the top pairing on many nights. Even Asia League veteran Chen Lei is on pace for a career year. So despite the teams record, the players are being given more chances to place in different situations under new coach Jeff Hutchins.

 

Daemyung Sagmu is also on the outside looking in at the playoffs, but has a small chance to grab the sixth and final playoff spot. As with every year the military team can get derailed from injuries which has happened the past two seasons. This season they received reinforcements before Christmas and they showed what they could do with a full roster by sweeping High1 3-0 in Incheon and finish 4-4 at home in December

Notes:

The Dragon lost the last 3 at home to Halla and are 1-9 in last 10 at home. They have yet to win a regulation game at home.

Sangmu are 1-9 in the last 10 road games. The last road win was 10/8/2015 vs High1. But they finished December with a 4 and 6 record before losing 4-0 on 1/3/2016 in Anyang.

All-time the Dragon are 4-10 against Sangmu, but last year split the series 3-3.

The Dragon won all three at home last season versus Sangmu.

It’s unknown if Brett Parnham will play for the Dragon. He’s been out since November 15 with an injury.

 

Puck drops at 18:30 local time in Qiqihar, China. 7:30 KST/JST

 

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