Erie Otters (43-11-2-0) at Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (37-16-1-4)
When: Today, 7:07 p.m.
Where: Essar Centre – Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: at Sudbury (Monday, 7 p.m.), vs. London (Wednesday, 7 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters had an unexpected night off Friday, as a punctured pipe underneath the ice at Sudbury Community Centre forced the postponement of their game against the Wolves. … The Otters opened this four-game road trip with a 6-3 loss in Kitchener on Monday and a 2-0 loss in North Bay on Thursday. Their season-high losing streak stands at three games. … The Otters are 17-10-1-0 on the road this season, but they have lost three straight. … The Otters, who are third in the OHL’s Western Conference, have fallen five points behind Midwest Division rival Guelph in the chase for the league’s regular-season championship and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. Division rival London, who’s in fourth, has pulled within a point of the Otters. The Greyhounds have fewer points than all three teams, but stands second in the conference because they lead the West Division. The Storm and Otters have 11 regular-season games, one more than the Knights and Greyhounds. … The Otters shut out the Greyhounds 3-0 on Nov. 15 at Erie Insurance Arena behind G Devin Williams‘ 18-save effort. … The Otters can move within one victory of the franchise’s single-season record of 45 wins held by that 2000-01 club. … RW Connor Brown (40 goals, Otters-record 71 assists, Otters-record and OHL-best 111 points) had an 11-game point streak snapped in North Bay. … RW Sergey Tolchinsky (25-53-78) leads the Greyhounds’ offense, while D Darnell Nurse (12-33-45, +4 rating) – the seventh overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft (Edmonton) – is one of the league’s top defensemen. … G Matt Murray ranks among the league leaders with a 29-10-1-4 record, 2.56 goals-against average, .920 save percentage and 6 shutouts.
- Victor Fernandes