Shootout
By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
Staff writer Victor Fernandes has ice in his veins. Hockey – he plays it, coaches it and provides the region's best coverage of it.   Read more about this blog.
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Posted: November 9th, 2013
OTTERS WATCH: Sarnia Sting at Erie Otters

Sarnia Sting (5-12-0-1) at Erie Otters (14-3-1-0)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: vs. vs. Niagara (Monday, 2 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters face a couple of potential “trap” games – tonight against the Sting, the Western Conference’s ninth-place team, Monday against the IceDogs, the Eastern Conference’s No. 8 team – before heading into next weekend’s key home matchups with Sault Ste. Marie (next Friday) and Guelph (next Saturday), the West’s top two teams. … The Otters (29 points) head into today’s OHL schedule trailing the front-running Storm by three points and the second-place Greyhounds by one point. … The Otters can set a second franchise in a week with a win tonight. They have won eight straight home games, tied with the 2000-01 club (twice) and 2004-05 team for the single-season record. … The Otters are the lone unbeaten home team in the league. Guelph (10-0-0-1) lost at home to Plymouth 3-2 in a shootout Friday night. … G Devin Williams will make his second straight start in place of Oscar Dansk (lower-body injury). Williams had his personal shutout streak end at 145 minutes, 57 seconds with Oshawa’s second-period goal Friday. But he still has allowed only two goals in his last three starts after surrendering 13 in his first two starts. … The Sting are five points behind Plymouth for the eighth spot in the West. … They have lost two straight and six of their last 10 games. … They have been outscored 80-58. … The Otters have a decided advantage in special teams. They are first in the league on the power play (31.2 percent) and penalty kill (87.7 percent), while the Sting are 17th (17.2) and ninth (82.1), respectively. … D Anthony DeAngelo (7 goals, 20 assists, 27 points), RW Nikolay Goldobin (10-15-25), C Nickolas Latta (15-7-22) and RW Bryan Moore (9-13-22) have accounted for 41 of the Sting’s 58 goals and 55 of the their 88 assists this season. … DeAngelo leads all defensemen in scoring. No one else has more than 19 points.

– Victor Fernandes

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