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01-11-2013, 12:42 PM
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Preview - Red Deer Rebels at Saskatoon Blades - Friday, January 11 - 8:00 pm ET.

Patrick King | January 11, 2013, 11:30 am - - Twitter @SNPatrickKing

Programming alert: Watch Mathew Dumba and the Red Deer Rebels take on the Saskatoon Blades on Friday Night Hockey on Sportsnet starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. (LaxSabre: Also LIVE on NHL Network in the United States.)

THE GOALIES - Andrey Makarov is coming back to Saskatoon with some shiny hardware after capturing the bronze-medal for the host Russians in the world junior tournament. A year ago, he performed admirably in a 1-0 overtime loss to the Swedes in the gold-medal game. Makarov's numbers are modest, but his four shutouts are tied for the league lead and his clutch international performances should bode well for the playoffs and tournament. "We expect big things from him in the second half because we're going to need him to provide the type of goaltending that's necessary to be successful," Molleken said.

The Rebels also went without their import goaltender for the better part of a month. The Czech sensation, Patrik Bartosak, is among the league leaders in every statistical category and should provide a lift for a team that may have ended up on the winning side of a few losses had he been available. "He's one of the best goalies in the league and arguably the best," Sutter said. "(It's the) goaltender's responsibility to give you a chance to win games, not lose games and Patrik gives you a chance every night he's in the net."

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