Erie Otters (49-14-2-0) at Windsor Spitfires (36-26-3-0)
When: Today, 7:05 p.m.
Where: WFCU Centre – Windsor, Ontario
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: at Plymouth (Friday, 7:05 p.m.), vs. Sarnia (Saturday, 7 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters begin the final weekend of the regular season with a chance to finish as high as the league’s No. 1 overall seed, which secures home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs, or as low as fourth in the Western Conference. Front-running Guelph built a five-point lead over the Otters following a 7-3 win against Kitchener on Wednesday. London, which plays its next game Friday at home against Owen Sound, was four points behind the Storm. … The Otters have won five straight and six of their last seven games, including a 6-1 win over Windsor last Friday at Erie Insurance Arena. … With a win, the Otters will be the first team in franchise history to reach 50 wins in the regular season. … They can tie the franchise record for points in a season (102 in 2000-01), as well as match a 12-year-old franchise mark with their 21st road win of the season. … RW Connor Brown (43 goals, 80 assists, 123 points), LW Dane Fox (62-39-101) and C Connor McDavid (25-68-93) can finish the regular season as the league’s top three scorers. Brown and Fox are first and second, while McDavid trails Guelph RW Scott Kosmachuk (38-56-94) by one point… Fox will win the league’s goal-scoring title. He’s 16 ahead of Barrie LW Andreas Athanasiou (46). … Brown and McDavid should finish first and second in assists. McDavid is 10 ahead of Sault Ste. Marie LW Sergey Tolchinsky (58). … Brown (20) and Fox (18) could finish 1-2 in power-play goals. Dal Colle and Barrie D Aaron Ekblad are tied with 16. … Fox and Guelph C Robby Fabbri are tied for first with 11 power-play goals, while RW Andre Burakovsky has 10, respectively. … D Kurtis MacDermid leads with 153 penalty minutes, five more than Sarnia D Joshua Chapman (148). … G Oscar Dansk needs two wins become the second goaltender in franchise history with 30 wins (Ramis Sadikov, 36 in 2010-11). Dansk also has the second-best goals-against average (2.36) in Otters’ history (Adam Munro, 2.31 in 2000-01). … Dansk leads the league in GAA and is tied with Sault Ste. Marie’s Matt Murray with six shutouts. … C Kyle Pettit (upper body) skated this week, but his status for this weekend’s games remains undetermined. … Windsor can clinch the No. 5 seed in the West with a win as well as a loss in regulation or overtime. That would secure a first-round series against Guelph, Erie or London. … The Spitfires have lost four straight games by a combined 24-4 score. … They are playing the rest of the season without veteran Ds Slater Koekkoek (shoulder surgery) and Trevor Murphy (broken leg). … Former Otters RW Chris Marchese hasn’t played a game for the Spitfires this season while recovering from shoulder surgery.
- Victor Fernandes
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