Playing their first home game since December 18, the Fuel host the Norfolk Admirals for the first half of a back-to-back. Indy comes into Tuesday night having lost four out of their last six games while the Admirals are looking to earn their first win since December 4.
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FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING
The Fuel are set to face the Norfolk Admirals for the first time on Tuesday night, the first of two meetings this season, both coming at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Norfolk comes into Tuesday night with an 0-3-0-0 record against teams from the Central Division while Tuesday will be Indy’s first game outside of the Central.
Since signing in the Circle City on December 9, Jan Mandat has tallied five points in five games with the Fuel. The Czech Republic native has registered a goal and two assists in his last two games, including his first power-play goal in Sunday’s loss to Fort Wayne. Through his first five games, Mandat is averaging two scoring chances, putting him in first on the Fuel in that category.
Following their loss to Fort Wayne on Sunday night, the Fuel will play four out of their next five games on home ice. Their lone road game will come on New Year’s Eve when the Toledo Walleye host them for an outdoor contest at Fifth Third Field. Having earned a 6-4-0-0 record at home, the Fuel will need to string together wins to stay in playoff contention.
Tallying a goal and two assists on Sunday night, Jared Thomas pushed his point streak to 13 straight games. Over the course of his point streak, Thomas has registered five goals and 14 assists, putting him in second place on the Fuel in points. Only one assist has come outside of his extended point streak this season.
SPECIAL TEAMS FIRING
Scoring on two out of their four chances on Sunday, the Indy Fuel have put themselves in fourth place in power-play percentage. Leading the team in power-play goals with six, Darien Craighead is averaging 2.3 shots per power-play chance. Since joining the Fuel on December 13, Craighead has scored four goals on the man advantage.
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