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SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:30 AM ET

RED DEER REBELS AT CALGARY HITMEN, 2 P.M., 'DOME, RADIO: FAN 960

COMING IN:

The Hitmen took the season opener in Red Deer Friday night with a 4-2 win.

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HEAD-TO-HEAD:

In addition to Friday's win, the Hitmen also won two of three exhibition tilts. Calgary was 5-1-2-2 against the Rebels in 2004-05, with five games going to overtime.

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WHO'S HOT:

* HITMEN -- RW Keegan Dansereau (1g, 2a) and C Darryl Moscaluk (1g, 1a) were dominant against Red Deer.

* REBELS -- C Jared Walker scored once and was a strong presence.

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SPECIAL TEAMS:

POWERPLAY -- Calgary 25.0% (1-4); Red Deer 14.3% (1-7).

PEN. KILLING -- Calgary 85.7%; Red Deer 75.0%.

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INJURIES:

* HITMEN -- LW Issac Reid (groin, day to day). D Dustin Kohn (N.Y. Islanders) and D Jeff Schultz (Washington Capitals) are still at NHL training camps.

* REBELS -- LW Josh Gionfriddo (shoulder, indefinite), D Shaden Moore (concussion, day to day).

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KEY LOSSES:

* HITMEN -- RW Ryan Getzlaf, LW Andrew Ladd, C Shaun Landolt, C Tyrel Lucas, RW Brett O'Malley.

* REBELS -- D Dion Phaneuf, C Colin Fraser, D Mikko Kuukka.

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NEW FACES:

* HITMEN -- C Brett Sonne, D Alex Plante, RW Carson McMillan, RW Ryan Letts, LW Cam Lilley, D Curtis Kelner, C Ryan Costanzo, imports C Lukas Vantuch and RW Freddie Pettersson.

* REBELS -- D Matthew Hansen, D Vladimir Mihalik, C Matt Cline, LW Garrett Klotz, RW Tyler Halliday, C Kyle Klym, G James Reimer, F Alex Poulter F Josh Gionfriddo, RW Devon LeBlanc, D Michael Falk.

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NOTABLES:

LW Issac Reid (groin) and RW Carson McMillan are expected to sit this one out with D/F Curtis Kelner and RW Ryan Letts seeing their first action. Freshman Brett Sonne will centre the pair of rookies ... The WHL and INSINC have partnered to offer all games live on the internet on a pay-per-view broadband basis. Log onto www.whl.ca for details.


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