@ EDMONTON — Tonight the Medicine Hat Tigers travel to Edmonton to face off against the Oil Kings for the first time this season. It will be the Tigers’ last game before the holiday break. The Tabbies fell to the Rebels 4-1 while the Oil Kings were defeated by the Tri-City Americans 5-0 on Friday night. Both teams will be looking to finish the first half of the season on a high note.
CENTRAL DIVISION: 1st
EASTERN CONFERENCE: 4th
Gary Haden – Upper Body (Day to Day)
Hayden Ostir – Upper Body (Week to Week)
Josh Williams – Upper Body (Week to Week)
Mason Shaw – Lower Body (Indefinite)
2016/17 Series VS Rebels:
Last 5 seasons VS. Oil Kings: 16-3-0-0
Last Win VS. Oil Kings: Mar 11, 2017 (W 4-0)
2017/18 Club Leaders:
Goals: Mark Rassell (28)
Assists: David Quenneville (24)
Points: Mark Rassell (43)
PIMS: Dalton Gally (36)
Plus/Minus: Joel Craven (8)
Wins: Jordan Hollett (10)
- David Quenneville is ranked 4th in the league for defencemen with 35 points.
- Mark Rassell is the Tigers’ top goalscorer and 5th in the league with 28 goals.
Did you Know?
- In the last three seasons, Tigers have won their last game before the holiday break.
- Kristians Rubins is the first Latvian born player to ever suit up for the Orange and Black.
Who to Watch:
Tigers – James Hamblin has a track record of playing well when playing against the Oil Kings. Last season, the 18-year-old Edmonton native scored 4 goals and 4 assists in six games against the Oil Kings last season. Edmonton Oil Kings – Trey Fix-Wolansky is leading the Edmonton Oil Kings with 33 points so far this season. Last season Fix-Wolansky had strong performances for the Oil Kings netting 4 goals against the Tigers.
Linus Nassen was selected in the second round by the Tigers and comes to Medicine Hat via Sweden. Nassen was drafted by the Florida Panthers in the 3rd round of the 2016 NHL entry draft. To go along with playing some big minutes for the Tigers, Nassen has 20 points in 33 games and has formed a deadly offensive combination with David Quenneville, especially on the powerplay. Kristians Rubins, the towering shut down defenceman who was selected by the Tigers in the 2016 CHL Import draft. Rubins has netted 2 goals and 9 assists this season.
Protecting the Paint:
The Tigers acquired 18-year-old netminder Jordan Hollett from the Regina Pats in the offseason. Hollett is a 6th round selection of the Ottawa Senators and currently is sporting a 10-7-1 record with a 3.31 GAA and a .901 SV% The Orange and Black also have veteran goaltender Michael Bullion. Bullion has a 7-7-1 record posting a .874 SV% and a 3.70 GAA.
NHL Drafted / Signed Players:
David Quenneville (New York Islanders), Mason Shaw (Minnesota Wild), Jordan Hollett (Ottawa Senators), Linus Nassen (Florida Panthers)
TIGERS BROADCAST: Listen to the legendary voice of the Tigers Bob Ridley broadcast all Tigers games on CHAT 94.5 FM. Bob Ridley has called all but one game since the Medicine Hat Tigers came into the league in 1970.
| Last 5 Regular Season Games
|Dec.15 vs Red Deer
||Dec.27 vs Lethbridge
|Dec.13 vs Tri-City
||Dec.29 @ Lethbridge
|Dec.9 @ Regina
||Dec.30 vs. Red Deer
|Dec.8 @ Brandon
||(L) 4-3 OT
||Jan.1 @ Kootenay
|Dec.6th @ Prince Albert
||(W) 5-4 OT
||Jan. 3 @ Calgary