When: Saturday, 7 p.m.
Where: Tullio Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Players to watch
Erie – C Greg McKegg (30 goals, 30 assists, 60 points), C Brett Thompson (26-22-48), RW Shawn Szydlowski (21-19-40), RW Anthony Luciani (15-23-38), C Phil Varone (17-20-37)
London – RW Jared Knight (16-27-43), RW Vladislav Namestnikov (18-23-41), RW Seth Griffith (15-18-33), RW Stephen Sanza (13-12-25), D Scott Harrington (5-12-17)
Erie – The Otters (44 points) are in a virtual tie for sixth with Windsor in the Western Conference, one point behind the fifth-place Knights and two behind No. 4 Plymouth. All three teams have at least a game in hand on the Otters. … They have won three of four meetings with the Knights this season, including a 9-4 win in London Dec. 10. … LW Brett Appio (bereavement leave) missed the past two games. But he’s expected to rejoin the team in time for tonight’s game. … Rookie LW Chris Marchese (shoulder) remains out of the lineup. … The Otters are tied for fifth in the OHL with 154 goals following a 12-goal barrage in Friday’s home win against Barrie. … G Ramis Sadikov (21-14-1-1 record, 2.96 goals-against average, .910 save percentage, 2 shutouts) leads the league in minutes played (2,271) by nearly 200.
London – The Knights made major roster changes before Monday’s trade deadline by dealing D Michael D’Orazio (6-21-28) and LW Chris DeSousa (10-8-18) to Mississauga St. Michael’s and C Daniel Erlich (10-25-35) to Guelph. They made five trades overall before the deadline. … The Knights have won three straight and eight of their last 10 games. … They rank among the bottom five in the league with 138 goals scored, on the power play (15.1 percent) and on the penalty kill (77.6).
Up next: vs. Mississauga St. Michael’s (Thursday, 7 p.m.), at Sarnia (Friday, 7 p.m.)
– Victor Fernandes