Peterborough Petes (7-5-0-1) at Erie Otters (11-2-1-0)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: at Niagara (Saturday, 7 p.m.), at London (Nov. 3, 2 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters have won nine straight games, their longest streak since the OHL title-winning season in 2001-02. They can equal the franchise record of 10 consecutive wins, set by the 1997-98 club and matched in 2001-02, with a victory tonight. … The Otters are atop the league standings with 23 points, two ahead of Sault Ste. Marie and four ahead of Eastern Conference-leading Oshawa. … The Otters have the league’s second-best winning percentage (.821), behind only Sault Ste. Marie (.846). … C Connor McDavid has assists and points in nine straight games. He has 16 assists and 20 points in that span. He leads the league in assists, two ahead of teammate Connor Brown. … C Dane Fox is tied for the league lead with 14 goals. … Brown leads the league with 29 points, while McDavid (tied for sixth with 25 points) and Fox (eighth with 23 points) also rank among the top 10. … D Cory Genovese serves the third game of a five-game suspension for a match penalty last Saturday against Ottawa. … The Otters have the league’s top power play (32.8 percent) and penalty kill (88.9 percent). … The Otters (6-0-0-0) are one of only two teams with undefeated home records (Guelph 7-0-0-0). … They have a plus-14 goal differential at home (32-18). … Peterborough has allowed a league-worst 66 goals, and have been outscored by 17 goals. The Otters are second overall with 64 goals scored, and have a plus-27 goal differential (64-37). … The Petes are a better road team (4-1-0-1) than home team (3-4-0-0). … They are next to last in the league on the penalty kill at 65.2 percent (23 goals allowed on 66 chances). … C Eric Cornel (6 goals, 12 points) and LW Nick Ritchie (6-6-12) lead the team in scoring. … The Petes’ goaltending tandem of Andrew D’Agostini (4-4-0-0 record, 4.50 goals-against average, .883 save percentage) and Michael Giugovaz (3-1-0-1, 5.00, .844) have struggled this season. In contrast, Otters G Oscar Dansk leads the league with 10 wins, is tied for the lead with two shutouts and ranks among the top three with a 2.00 GAA and .922 save percentage.
– Victor Fernandes
Key statistics from the Otters’ five-game winning streak:
Goals for - 48 (5.3 per game)
Goals against - 19 (2.1 per game)
Shots on goal for - 324 (36.0 per game)
Shot on goal against - 221 (24.5 per game)
Power play - 14-for-43 (32.5 percent)
Penalty kill - 36-for-38 (94.7 percent)