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Can heavily-favoured Astros beat the underdog Nats?


Home field is not proving to be very advantageous in this year’s World Series.
Through the first five games, the road team has won every game, which bodes well if you’re a Washington Nationals fan.
Perhaps the most surprising thing about the series is that three of the games were blow outs, the last two coming in favour of the Houston Astros, who are now one win away from winning their second title in three years.
It could be decided tonight when the ‘Stros host game six in Houston.
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It would appear the Dauphin Kings have turned the corner.
After winning just one of their first seven games, the Kings have five wins in their last six games, including three in a row.
And they are doing it in fine fashion.
The offence struggled to beat Neepawa goalie Ethan Peterson in a 2-1 loss, Oct. 19, but came alive with an 11-goal outburst against the Selkirk Steelers, last Tuesday.
The onslaught continued on Saturday, with the Kings scoring another six times in a 6-2 victory over the rebuilding Winnipeg Blues.
The hot streak continued with a 3-2 win over the Terriers in Portage on Sunday.
The streak has the Kings back at .500 with a 6-6-0-1 record and they appear poised to make a run up the standings.
There are no easy games in the MJHL and if you take a night off, you will find yourself on the losing end of the scoreboard.
The good news for the Kings is they have games in hand on every team except for Steinbach and Swan Valley, which has won just once in their last five games.
Of course, the old adage says you still have to win those games for that to mean anything. But the way the way the Kings are playing lately, it won’t be long before they begin pushing for a spot in the top four.
And that means home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
A rare site in recent years is seeing a Kings player among the league leaders in scoring. It has been a few years since that has happened, but as of Monday morning, there are two players - Nakodan Greyeyes and Baron Thompson - in the top five.
Greyeyes, currently sits third with 19 points and Thompson is fourth, one point behind. And they are both within easy striking distance of the league’s top two scorers, Virden’s Hunter Cloutier (21 points) and Kolten Kanaski (20 points).
These four players will go head-to-head tonight when Virden visits Credit Union Place for the first time this season.
It will be a busy week for the Kings, with four games on tap, three of them on the road. With eight points on the line, they could make a big push up the standings this week.
It will be fun to watch.

Doug Zywina