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GAME 68: VS. EDMONTON

VS. OIL KINGS: Tonight the Tigers open a home and home series with the Edmonton Oil Kings. Tonight’s matchup will be the last game in the Canalta Centre with the Tigers having won the previous 4 games in the season series. Saturday night the teams will head to Rogers Place to finish their 6 game season series. Medicine Hat is coming off of a 4-3 overtime victory against the Kootenay Ice on Tuesday, while Edmonton lost to Lethbridge in the extra period on Wednesday 2-1.

 

BY THE NUMBERS

MARCH 10th, 2017

 

2016-17 WHL RANKINGS:

OVERALL: (47-19-1-0)

HOME: 24-8-1-0

AWAY: 23-11-0-0

Central Division: 1st

Eastern Conference: 2nd

INJURY UPDATES:

SCHULTZ – Lower Body

RUBINS – Upper Body

Man Games Lost to Injury: 79

16-17 SEASON SERIES VS. OIL KINGS

OVERALL: 4-0-0-0

HOME: 2-0-0-0

AWAY: 2-0-0-0

LAST 5 SEASONS: 15-8-0-0

LAST WIN: Feb. 18, 2017 – 7-4

2016-17 CLUB LEADERS:

GOALS: MARK RASSELL (34)

ASSISTS: CHAD BUTCHER (69)

POINTS: CHAD BUTCHER (94)

PIM: ZACH FISCHER (135)

PLUS MINUS: CLAYTON KIRICHENKO (+48)

WINS: NICK SCHNEIDER (31)

16-17 CLUB COMPARISON:

 

  TIGERS OIL KINGS
PP HOME 26.8% 14.5%
PP AWAY 29.7% 20.0%
PP OVERALL 28.3% (2ND)   17.5% (17TH)
PK HOME 80.3% 75.0%
PK AWAY 80.7% 75.5%
PK OVERALL 80.5% (6TH) 75.3% (18TH)
AT HOME 24-8-1-0 11-21-1-1
ON ROAD 23-11-0-0 9-19-4-0

 

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

  • Medicine Hat heads into tonight 7-3-0-0 in their past 10 games with the Oil Kings sporting a 1-7-2-0 record over the same span
    • Edmonton has lost 9 straight games heading into tonight and have just 2 wins in their last 27 games overall
  • Edmonton forward Trey Fix-Wolansky is coming off of a hat trick and 4 point performance the last time these two teams played on Feb. 18th, Fix-Wolansky is the team leader in points against Medicine Hat this season
  • Chad Butcher leads the Tigers in scoring against the Oil Kings scoring twice and adding 7 assists (team high) in 4 games
    • Zach Fischer has 7 points in 4 games, his 4 goals against Edmonton come in just 3 games played
    • Matt Bradley has 7 points in 4 games and is tied for the team lead in goals against Edmonton with 4

TIGERS FAST FACTS:

  • Mark Rassell played in his 200th WHL game on Tuesday night scoring his team leading 34th of the year. Rassell is also just 2 points away from 100 in his career
  • Tigers forward Chad Butcher is just 3 games away from playing in his 300th WHL game, all with the Tigers. If Butcher makes the mark he will become just the 9th player in franchise history to reach the mark.
  • Zach Fischer is the first Tigers since Darren Reid in the 2003-04 season to record 30+ goals and 130+ penalty minutes. That year Reid finished with 33 goals and 194 penalty minutes

DID YOU KNOW?: Chad Butcher recorded his 25th multipoint game with OT game winning goal and assist on Tuesday. 82 of 94 points (87.2%) have come during a Medicine Hat victory

IN THE DIVISION: With the remaining games for the Tigers against divisional foes and a 2 point lead in the Division over Lethbridge, Medicine Hat will have to put their 23-4-0-0 record against the Central to the test over the next week and a half.

WHO TO WATCH: TigersJohn Dahlstrom: Four goals in 4 games for the big Swede, he looks to continue his pace in the rookie scoring race tonight. Oil KingsTrey Fix-Wolansky– One of the dangerous offensive players on Edmonton’s team, Fix-Wolansky scored a hat trick last time these two teams played.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Head back to the 2011-12 season as the Tigers took on their rival Lethbridge on this day. In a dominating opening period the Tigers took a 2 goal lead early. Emerson Etem started the game with his 59th of the season just 37 seconds into the game. Boston Leier followed in the frame with his 14th of the year before the Canes would get on the board. Etem would score his 60th goal on the year into an empty net with 1 second remaining as the Tabbies took home a 3-1 win, their 42nd of the year.

NHL DRAFTED / SIGNED PLAYERS: Matt Bradley (Montreal Canadiens), Nick Schneider (Calgary Flames), John Dahlstrom (Chicago Blackhawks), David Quenneville (New York Islanders)

 

LAST FIVE REGULAR SEASON RESULTS: NEXT FIVE: TIME:
Feb 25 VS. Brandon Wheat Kings 4-0 WIN    VS. Edmonton Oil Kings Friday March 10 7:30 PM (MT)
Mar 1 @ Prince Albert Raiders 6-5 OTW    @ Edmonton Oil Kings Saturday March 11 7:00 PM (MT)
Mar 3 @ Regina Pats 6-4 WIN    VS. Red Deer Rebels Tuesday March 14 7:00 PM (MT)
Mar 4 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 5-3 LOSS    @ Lethbridge Hurricanes Friday March 17 7:00 PM (MT)
Mar 7 VS. Kootenay Ice 4-3 OTW    VS. Lethbridge Hurricanes Saturday March 18 7:30 PM (MT)
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