Erie Otters (12-2-1-0) at Niagara IceDogs (5-8-1-2)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Jack Gatecliff Arena – St. Catharines, Ontario
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: at London (Sunday, 2 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters can set a new franchise record tonight with an 11th straight win. … The Otters are 5-2-1-0 on the road, including three straight wins. … The Otters and IceDogs meet for the first of six times in the regular season. … RW Joel Wigle won’t face his former IceDogs teammates – or any team for the next month – because of a shoulder injury. … As of Thursday’s practice, head coach Kris Knoblauch hadn’t decided if Oscar Dansk or Devin Williams will start in goal tonight. Knoblauch leaned toward Dansk for Sunday’s game in London. … The Otters rank among the top three in every major statistical category – goals for (third with 68), goals against (first with 37), power play (first at 31.8 percent) and penalty kill (first at 89.6 percent). … Linemates Connor Brown (first at 31 points), Connor McDavid (tied for fourth at 28 points) and Dane Fox (tied for eighth at 25 points) began Thursday among the league’s top 10 in scoring. … McDavid was named the league’s player of the month for October (4 goals, 19 assists, 23 points in 10 games). … Dansk was named the top goaltender for the month (8-0-0-0 record, 1.75 goals-against average, .921 save percentage, 2 shutouts). … D Cory Genovese completes his latest five-game suspension this weekend. … Niagara’s top line features LW Brendan Perlini (29 points) and C Carter Verhaeghe (28 points), who are tied for second and tied for fourth overall. … Fox is tied for the league lead with 16 goals, while McDavid has a league-best 23 points. … IceDogs G Chris Festarini, a former Otter, has a 4-4-0-2 record, 3.58 goals-against average and .888 save percentage in 11 games this season.
- Victor Fernandes