SIOUX CITY (KTIV) -- Six of the eight teams in the USHL's Western Conference make the playoffs. Right now, the Musketeers are in last place but hope is not lost. This weekend, Sioux City starts a stretch of five straight home games.
The Muskies are just four points out of sixth place, which would put them in the playoffs. Since each win is worth two points in the standings, a good weekend can push them into postseason contention.
The Muskies are four and three in their last seven games, so they've had stretches of good hockey.
The team is still making roster changes, with almost half of the season left to play.
"I think there's a log jam in our west," said head coach Luke Strand. "You gotta take care of the opponent you're going to play and play next. Every point is crucial at this point. We're going to play head to head against one another. We're kind of done with the East for the most part so the West games become multiple point games."
'Eighth place, obviously no one is satisfied with being last," said defenseman Christian Jimenez. "If you're satisfied with being last your're not an athlete, you're not a competitor. So we're just working on taking each day at a time trying to get better day in day out."
Sioux City plays Tri-City on Friday and Omaha on Saturday. Both games start at 7:05 at the Tyson Events Center.