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PREVIEW: Vancouver Giants at Medicine Hat Tigers (Game 36)

Chris Relke

Tonight in Medicine Hat, the Vancouver Giants return to action when they take the ice against the Medicine Hat Tigers for the first and only time during the 2018-19 season. The G-Men are looking to snap a two game losing streak while the Tigers are looking to extend a three-game winning streak. Tonight’s game starts at 6 PM PT.

 

MEDICINE HAT TIGERS

 OVERVIEW:

Head Coach: Shaun Clouston

Record: 20-15-1-2

Home Record: 10-6-1-1

Last Game: A 5-4 shootout victory on December 30th in Lethbridge against the Hurricanes.

Last 10: 8-2-0-0

Goals For/Goals Against: 123 GF/123 GA

Power Play: 24% (7th in WHL)

Penalty Kill: 80.6% (7th in WHL)

Leading Scorers: James Hamblin (38GP – 21G – 22A – 43PTS), Ryan Jevne (38GP – 19G – 19A – 38PTS), Ryan Chyzowski (37GP – 13G – 18A – 31PTS)

JIMMY THE JET:

1999-born forward James Hamblin leads all Tigers with 21 goals, 43 points and a +13 rating. He comes into tonight’s game with an eight-game point streak. In that span he’s notched eight goals and three assists for 11 points. He’s earned at least one point in 13 of his past 14 games. Twice during that 14 game span he’s scored goals in four straight games.

‘HOLLET’ IF YOU HEAR ME:

 With Danish goaltender Mads Sogaard away at the World Juniors with Denmark, Ottawa Senators prospect Jordan Hollett has carried the mail in goal as of late for Medicine Hat. The 1999-born netminder comes into action tonight with a 9-11 record and a 3.60 goals-against-average and a .896 save percentage. In two appearances last season against the Giants, Hollett was 0-1 with a 5.16 goals-against-average and an .846 save percentage. He was yanked in one of those starts.

NASSEN DOES IT ALL FROM THE BACK-END:

1998-born defenceman Linus Nassen comes into tonight’s game leading all Tiger defencemen in both goals (4) and points (28). The former third round pick of the Florida Panthers occupies both an import spot and an overage spot for the Tigers and rightfully so. He’s a solid power play contributor (1G, 13A) and can hold his own defensively as well.

 

 

VANCOUVER GIANTS

OVERVIEW:

Head Coach: Michael Dyck

Record: 23-10-2-0

Road Record: 8-5-1-0

Last Game: A 3-1 loss in Edmonton yesterday

Last 10:  6-4-0-0

Goals For/Goals Against: 107  GF/70 GA (+27)

Power Play: 22.7% (10th in WHL)

Penalty Kill: 86.4% (2nd in WHL)

Leading Scorers: Davis Koch (35GP – 10G – 22A – 32PTS), Milos Roman (30GP – 16G – 13A – 29PTS), Bowen Byram (35GP – 9G – 20A – 29PTS)

‘WATTS UP’:

Brayden Watts comes into tonight’s game having notched three goals and an assist over the course of his past four games. Watts has since been credited with the Giants lone goal in yesterday’s game against Edmonton, and coming into tonight’s game he’s managed eight goals and 16 assists for 24 points through 35 games. Watts is currently on pace to surpass last season’s total of 39 points. He had a goal and three assists against Medicine Hat last season.

 SOME PREVIOUS SUCCESS FOR HOLT:

Dawson Holt notched three goals and an assist in two games played against the Medicine Hat Tigers a season ago. So far this season Holt has managed five goals and nine assists for 14 points, but is a +3 and has played a lot of key defensive minutes against opposing team’s top players.  Perhaps a matchup with Medicine Hat can help him get back into the goal column as he’s gone seven games without a goal.

 SLUMP BUSTERS:

The Vancouver Giants have not lost more than twice in a row at any point in time so far this season. A win tonight against the Tigers ensures that they can keep that trend alive. A win tonight would also help improve the Giants record on this road trip back to .500.

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