VS. EDMONTON OIL KINGS — Tonight’s tilt between the Medicine Hat Tigers and the visiting Edmonton Oil Kings will mark the fourth time this season these two Central Division rivals face off. The Tigers have won all three previous contests including a recent 4-3 overtime win January 24, 2018. The Oil Kings lost their last game 3-2 to the Lethbridge Hurricanes. The Orange and Black fell 5-4 to the Vancouver Giants in their last game and will be looking to return to their winning ways tonight at the Canalta Centre.
CENTRAL DIVISION: 1st
EASTERN CONFERENCE: 4th
Hayden Ostir – Upper Body (Week to Week)
Jordan Hollett – Lower Body (Week to Week)
Kristians Rubins – Upper Body (Week to Week)
Joel Craven – Upper Body (Week to Week)
Linus Nassen – Upper Body (Week to Week)
Mason Shaw – Lower Body (Indefinite)
2017/18 Series VS Oil Kings:
Last 5 seasons VS. Oil Kings: 19-3-0-0
Last Win VS. Oil Kings: Jan. 24, 2018 (W 4-3 OT)
2017/18 Club Leaders:
Goals: Mark Rassell (42)
Assists: David Quenneville (38)
Points: Mark Rassell (63)
PIMS: Dalton Gally (44)
Plus/Minus: Joel Craven (11)
Wins: Jordan Hollett (16)
- In his career as a Tiger, David Quenneville has 16 points (5G, 11A) in 17 games played against the Edmonton Oil Kings.
- Ryan Jevne has 3 points (1G, 2A) in 2 games played against the Oil Kings this season.
Did you Know?
- Affiliate players Daniel Baker and Garin Bjorklund will be suiting up for the Tigers tonight.
- Kristians Rubins scored the game winning goal 1:03 into overtime the last time these two clubs met.
Who to Watch:
Medicine Hat Tigers – Elijah Brown is a highly skilled forward who plays with a big presence and always seems to be around the puck. The former first round bantam pick joined the Tabbies before trade deadline and has been making an impact ever since. Brown has 2 goals and 5 assists in 14 games played with the Tigers. Look for Brown to create scoring lanes and drive to the net tonight. Edmonton Oil Kings – Tomas Soustal scored the game tying goal to force overtime the last time these two clubs met. Soustal has 5 points (1G, 4A) in the Oil Kings’ last three games.
In his first year with the Orange and Black, Linus Nassen has been making a name for himself. Hailing from Sweden, Nassen has 22 points in 38 games with the Tigers. The Tabbies blue line also features the towering shut down defenceman Kristians Rubins. Rubins is the first Latvian born player to ever suit up for the Tigers and he has netted 6 goals and 19 assists so far 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 he is sporting a 16-12-4 record with a 3.44 GAA and a .896 SV% The Orange and Black also have veteran goaltender Michael Bullion. Bullion has a 10-10-3 record posting a .882 SV% and a 3.44 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
| Feb.3 @ Vancouver
||Feb.9 vs. Calgary
|Feb.2 @ Victoria
|| (L) 4-3 OT
||Feb.11 @ Calgary
|Jan.31 @ Kamloops
||Feb.16 @ Swift Current
|Jan.30 @ Kelowna
||Feb.17 vs. Swift Current
|Jan.27 vs. Moose Jaw
||Feb.20 vs. Kootenay