GAME DAY PREVIEW: Blades open road trip tonight in Red Deer

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Saskatoon Blades (21-19-2-1) at Red Deer Rebels (10-23-7-3)
Date | Time  Saturday, Jan.13th | 8:00 p.m CST
Place Enmax Centrium, Red Deer, AB
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Next Home Game  7:00pm Saturday, January 20th vs Regina Pats
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Tonight – The Saskatoon Blades open up a 3 game road swing through the Central Division in Red Deer. It’s meeting #3 on the season between the Blades and Rebels… Saskatoon leads the season series 2-0. After winning 7 in a row the Blades have dropped their past 2, and will look to get back in the win column tonight.

The opponent – The Rebels last win came on December 15th in Medicine Hat… They’re last win at home was way back on October 28th vs Regina, so they’ll be hungry tonight. They’re also coming off a 6-4 loss last night to the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Former Blade Mason McCarty leads the Rebels in scoring with 43 points in 41 games.

For Saskatoon – A road trip could be just what the doctor ordered after a week of roster changes. The Blades can’t take the Rebels lightly like they did in Saskatoon last weekend which resulted in the Blades barely squeaking out a 3-2 win.

The lineup – 17-year-old Eric Florchuk will make his debut wearing #17 after being acquired in a trade with the Victoria Royals. 16-year-old Tristen Robins will also debut in the pacman wearing #11. Robins was acquired from the Regina Pats and has been called up as an affiliate player for the road trip due to injuries to the Blades forwards… it will be Robins 2nd career WHL game. The Blades have also called up prospects Zach Ashton and Kyle Crnkovic for the trip, but the two will not be in the lineup tonight.

Injury report:

F Caleb Fantillo – lower body, 2-3 weeks
F Kirby Dach – upper body, week-to-week
F Michael Farren – upper body,  1-2 weeks

Download & view the full game notes: game notes at RD jan13



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