Except for 1994, when the game was preempted by a Luciano Pavarotti concert, Portland has hosted a New Year's Eve game every year since 1983.

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When: 5 tonight at Rose Garden




What: Western Hockey League game.



Records: Seattle is 24-9-0-1, first in the U.S. Division. Portland is 15-16-3-4, third in the U.S. Division.



Radio: KKNW (1150 AM).



Notes: Except for 1994, when the game was preempted by a Luciano Pavarotti concert, Portland has hosted a New Year’s Eve game every year since 1983. Seattle has been the opponent 13 times, including the past 10 years. Seattle won 5-4 in overtime last year, but Portland has an 8-5 overall edge. … Bryan Bridges has two shutouts and Seattle is 4-0 against Portland in the 12-game season series, outscoring the Winter Hawks 15-4. … Seattle is 13-6-0-0 on the road. Portland is 10-7-2-1 at home, but 0-2-2-0 at the Rose Garden. … Seattle’s Aaron Gagnon has 22 goals and 39 points, and Dan Da Silva leads Portland with 16 goals and 34 points.



Jim Riley