MIDDLETOWN, NJ – The Philadelphia Rebels (13-16-1-1, 28 pts) kick off a weekend home-and-home with the New Jersey Titans (20-11-1-1, 42 pts) on the road on Friday night before the teams wrap up at Hollydell Ice Arena on Saturday.
Here are five things to know ahead of the weekend:
1. Stay Hot
Since the start of December, the Rebels are 6-1-1-0. The Rebels won seven of their last 11 games and have points in eight of 11.
In those 11 games, the Rebels have averaged 3.7 goals per game offensively and have allowed less than three per contest.
Philadelphia recorded points in all five games it played in December and has started January with wins in two of three contests.
2. Leaders Leading
The Rebels’ offense is paced by leading scorers David Deputy and Connor Sedlak.
Deputy has a five-game point-streak, scoring nine points in those games. He has 11 goals and 25 points to lead the team. Over the holiday break, Deputy announced his commitment to the Rochester Institute of Technology to play Division I hockey.
Sedlak has 16 points in his last 12 games, including seven points in his last three. In total this season, the forward has 11 goals and 23 points.
The Rebels co-captain has three-consecutive multi-point outings.
3. Keep Away
The Rebels have allowed three goals or less in 10 of their last 13 games after allowing more than three eight times in their first 18 games.
In their last 11 games, the Rebels have allowed just 32 goals after allowing 66 in their first 20 contests, almost a half-goal less per game.
The Rebels’ save-percentage as a team has increased to .914 for the season over this stretch.
4. Last Time Out
The Rebels followed a weekend split at home last week against Northeast with a 5-2 win on Tuesday at Danbury.
In both games against Northeast, Philadelphia fell behind 2-0 in the first period. On Tuesday, the Rebels scored three unanswered goals in the opening frame to take control of the game.
Jakub Krbecek made 29 saves in his 11th win of the season. He has won seven of his last nine starts.
This will be the first meeting of the season at New Jersey after the Rebels took 3 of 4 points at home in October.
On Oct. 21, New Jersey came away with a shootout win 3-2 at Hollydell Ice Arena, but the Rebels bounced back the next night with a 5-2 victory over the Titans.
New Jersey has lost just once in regulation since that defeat to the Rebels.
Both games will begin at 7:30 with Friday’s game in Middletown, NJ and Saturday’s at Hollydell Ice Arena in Sewell, NJ. Both contests can be seen on HockeyTV and admission for Saturday’s home game is free for all fans.