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The Blues will be hoping to be the first to the puck tonight when they host the Pictou County Scotians in Springhill.
SPRINGHILL – Blues will host the Pictou County Scotians tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Richard Calder Arena in Springhill.
The Blues sit at the bottom of the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League standings with 13 points, four points behind the Antigonish Bulldogs and the East Hants Penguins.
"We need to return to our work ethic and we have to be first to the puck," said McLure. "Pictou has a nice team, and we need to shut down Brandon Verge, who is the top scorer in the League."
Verge has a league leading 26 goals, with 18 assist- 44 points.
Nicholas Doucette will make his debut with the Blues. A full slate of exams prevented Doucette from playing against the Sydney Miners last Sunday.
The Blues will still be effected by university exams as Zachery Anderson, and Gil Murdock will miss the game, while Kyle Mackenzie and Serge Boisvert are day to day. Mackenzie suffered an ankle injury on Sunday against the Glace Bay Miners, and Boisvert hurt his thumb.
The Blues have also lost the service of defenceman Jordan Mont. The-17-year old has moved to Antigonish to live with his father.
Blues general manager Terry ‘Mouser' McManaman said the Blues were pleased with the play of Mont and will move him to their protected list.
Jon Drolet, and Springhill's Forrest Gallagher are still out with injuries.
Gallagher will have his cast removed this week and he is expected to be available after the Christmas break, while Drolet is receiving therapy for his injury and should be available in January.
The Blues enter the weekend with a record of 6-13, while Pictou has a record of 10-10. Pictou has won the previous two meetings between the clubs, 5-4 in Springhill and 8-1 in Pictou.
The last time Scotians visited Springhill the Blues fired 54 shots at Pictou goalie Ben Goss in a 5-4 shootout loss. McLure said they will have to create some traffic in front of the net to get the puck past Goss.
"Two points would certainly be an early Christmas present, and we need to work 100 percent harder than our last game," said McLure.
The Blues lost their last game 12-2 last Sunday to the Glace Bay Miners.
McLure is expecting the Blues to compete for a playoff spot after the Christmas break.
"Our goal is still to make the playoffs, and we still have lots of games left in the second half and, once we get over our injuries and exams, we will have a solid lineup."
The first Blues game in the New Year is against the Bulldogs Jan. 4, at the Richard Calder Arena in Springhill.