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Game Preview: Hitmen vs Oil Kings Dec. 30

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Almost time to say goodbye to 2019.

And it’s only fitting that the last game of the decade comes against a divisional rival in the Edmonton Oil Kings.

It’s hard to believe that Monday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome will see the Hitmen square off against Edmonton for the last time this season, as the two clubs have faced each other seven times already.

The Oil Kings currently hold the advantage winning five of the seven matchups, but the Hitmen came out on top in the most recent matchup in a 3-2 overtime win back on Dec. 7 at Rogers Place. All seven of the previous tilts have been decided by two goals or less, with two being decided in overtime.

The Hitmen will look to use the game as a momentum boost, being back on home ice after dropping a pair of divisional clashes on the road against Lethbridge and Medicine Hat. Saturday night was the most recent setback on a night that saw the Hitmen fall 3-1 to the Tigers,  Josh Prokop provided the lone marker.


Highlights Dec. 28: Hitmen At Tigers


The week facing the Hitmen is a busy one as they will play five games in seven days, which concludes with a three-in-three weekend. Four of the five games being against Central Division opponents, it’s an important stretch for the club.


Quick Hits

The career year continues for Wiesblatt with 31 points in 30 games
The career year continues for Wiesblatt with 31 points in 30 games

Hitmen are 8-6-1-1 at home this season, grabbing points in five of their last seven games while posting a 3-2-1-1 record at the ‘Dome

Josh Prokop (2G, 2A) and Orca Wiesblatt (1G, 2A) are riding three-game point streaks.

Carson Focht (5G, 3A) and Mark Kastelic (4G, 4A) lead the Hitmen in the season series with eight points each.

The Hitmen have lost 91 total man games to injury this season. Forward Cael Zimmeramn remains the only injured player at the moment and is week-to-week with a lower body injury.


 Milestone Tracker

Mark Kastelic needs one point for 200. He is 12th on the clubs all-time points list, seven back of Brandon Segal’s 206. Kastelic is also four goals behind Segal for fourth place on the clubs all-time goal scoring list. Segal has 110.

Jack McNaughton needs 20 saves to move into a tie with Brandon Glover for 11th place on the clubs all-time regular season saves list at 1,561.

Josh Prokop is three games away from 100.


2019/20 Stats Leaders

Hitmen

Goals: Mark Kastelic (18)

Assists: Zamula (21)

Points: Stotts (35)

Power Play Goals: Kasteilc, Stotts, Zamula (4)

Shots: Focht (109)

Top Goalie: Jack McNaughton, 11-3-1-1, 3.18 GAA, 0.879 SV%

Oil Kings

Leaders:

Goals: Josh Williams (15)

Assists: Riley Sawchuk (31)

Points: Sawchuk (45)

Power Play Goals: Several Players (5)

Shots: Jake Neighbours (115)

Top Goalie: Sebastian Cossa, 14-2-1-1, 2.08 GAA, .926 SV%

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