Rebels vs.Medicine Hat Tigers
Friday, 7 p.m., Centrium
The Tigers enter the contest with a 26-16-2-2 record and sit fourth in the tight Central Division. Medicine Hat is on a roll with an 8-1-1-0 slate in the last 10 games . . . The Tigers are 4-0 head-to-head with Red Deer this season with their power play operating at roughly a 50 per cent success rate versus the Rebels . . . C James Hamblin is the Tigers’ offensive front-runner with 56 points, including 26 goals. Rounding out the club’s top half dozen scorers are five players who have garnered in excess of 30 points — recently acquired C Brett Kemp (25-17-42), LW Ryan Jevne (21-21-42), RW Tyler Preziuso (17-22-39), D Linus Nassen (5-30-35) and C Ryan Chyzowski (15-18-33) . . . G Mads Sogaard, who played in Wednesday’s CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game at the Centrium, is fourth in the WHL with a save percentage of 2.40 and third in save percentage at .931. Crease mate Jordan Hollett sports numbers of 3.37 and .899 . . . Hollett was selected by the Ottawa Senators in the sixth round of the 2017 NHL entry draft. Nassen was a third-round pick of the Florida Panthers in 2016 . . . The Rebels will be adorned in Don Cherry-style jerseys Friday to promote the importance of organ donation as well as the Kidney Foundation of Canada.
Injuries: Medicine Hat — RW Hayden Ostir (lower body, week-to-week). Red Deer — D Alexander Alexeyev (upper body, week-to-week).
Special teams: Medicine Hat — Power play 21.2 per cent, 13th overall; penalty kill 80.4 per cent, eighth. Red Deer — Power play 21.5 per cent, 12th overall; penalty kill 79.1 per cent, 10th.