Tis the the final three games before Christmas and all through the 'Dome not a Thrower was singing not even from home! Okay my attempt at a catchy holiday saying falls short BUT the Calgary Hitmen are back on the ice tonight as they host the Regina Pats. Game time is 7:00pm at Scotiabank Saddledome. Radio Broadcast on Sportsnet 960 The Fan with starts at 6 o'clock with the Mr. Fireplace Warm-up.
THE STANDINGS: Calgary holds a record of 21-7-1-3 to lead the Eastern Conference with 46 points. They sit a point up on both the Prince Albert Raiders and Edmonton Oil Kings. Regina is 12-18-2-2, currently tied with Brandon for ninth spot in the conference with 28 points.
HEAD-TO-HEAD: Tonight is the second of four regular season meetings. Calgary won the first, posting a 4-1 win in Regina on November 3rd. Brook Macek (2g 1a) and Cody Sylvester (3a) both had three points each while Chris Driedger made 30 saves.
COMING IN: Calgary is coming off Wednesday's 2-1 win in Red Deer. The Pats snapped a seven game winless streak Wednesday with a 3-0 home ice win over Prince Albert.
HOME AND AWAY: Calgary is 9-6-1-2 on home ice while Regina is 4-11-0-2 on the road.
FAMILIAR FACE: Darian Henry makes his return to Calgary tonight after getting traded to the Pats on Wednesday. He'll wear number 55.
THE WORLD CALLS: Hitmen forward Victor Rask left Thursday for Team Sweden's selection camp for the 2013 World Junior Hockey Championship. Rask was a member of Sweden's gold medal squad in 2012. Sweden will announce its final roster on December 25th.
DRAFT PROSPECT: The Regina line-up features Calgarian Morgan Klimchuk who was ranked fifth among WHL skaters for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft in the preliminary rankings by Central Scouting.
Brooks Macek 13g 24a 37pts
Brady Brassart 8g 22g 30pts
Cody Sylvester 18g 11a 29pts
Lane Scheidl 18g 20a 38pts
Morgan Klimchuk 16g 22a 38pts
Dyson Stevenson 10g 10a 20pts