Erie Otters (43-10-2-0) at Kitchener Rangers (20-32-2-1)
When: Today, 2 p.m.
Where: Kitchener Memorial Auditorium – Kitchener, Ontario
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: at North Bay (Thursday, 7 p.m.), at Sudbury (Friday, 7:30 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters begin a four-game road trip with a matchup with the Midwest Division rival Rangers. Erie plays six of the next seven games on the road. … The Otters can move back atop the OHL’s overall standings with a win. They trail division rival Guelph by one point with 13 games left in the chase for home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. … The Otters have won three of the first four meetings in the six-game season series with the Rangers, including a split of the first two games in Kitchener. … They can move within one victory of the franchise’s single-season record of 45 wins held by that 2000-01 club. … They have won four straight and eight of their last nine games. … RW Connor Brown (40 goals, Otters-record 70 assists, Otters-record and OHL-best 110 points) has points in 10 straight games (nine goals, 18 points) and 18 of his last 20 overall. He has the longest active
point streak in the league. … Oscar Dansk
(23-6-1-0 record) and Devin Williams
(20-4-1-0) are the first goaltending duo in Otters’ history with 20 wins apiece in the same season. … C Kyle Pettit
(upper body) has no
timetable set for his return to the ice. He left Saturday’s game early after colliding awkwardly into the boards. … As of Sunday, club officials hadn’t heard from the league on whether RW Joel Wigle
will be suspended for a game misconduct Saturday. Wigle was given a five-minute penalty for a check to the head of Niagara D Aleksandar Mikulovich
. Wigle said he hit Mikulovich on the upper chest.
He said that Mikulovich’s arm struck him across the head while protecting himself. … The Rangers are ninth in the Western Conference, five points behind Plymouth for the eighth and final playoff spot. … They are 3-0-1-0 in their last four games. … They rank near the bottom of the league with 163 goals scored and 220 goals against. … RW Justin Bailey
, a Buffalo native and Sabres prospect, leads the team with 25 goals and 43 points in 54 games. … RW Nick Magyar
ranks fourth among all rookies with 38 points (14 goals, 24 assists).
- Victor Fernandes
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