Erie Otters (43-11-2-0) at Sudbury Wolves (30-17-3-6)
When: Today, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Sudbury Community Arena – Sudbury, Ontario
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: at Sault Ste. Marie (Saturday, 7:07 p.m.)
What to watch: 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 Friday. … The Otters haven’t lost more than three games in a row this season. … The Otters are 17-10-1-0 on the road this season, but they have lost three straight. … The Otters face former teammate Connor Crisp, who has 24 goals,
46 points and 108 penalty minutes in 55 games with the Wolves this season. … The Otters beat the Wolves 5-2 on Nov. 23 at Erie Insurance Arena. … The Otters are third in the OHL’s Western Conference, three points behind front-running Guelph and three ahead of fourth-place London in the race for the league’s regular-season championship and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. The Otters and Storm have 12 games left, while the Knights have 11 left. … 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 by the Battalion. … D/LW Cory Genovese
returns to Sudbury, where he played 25 games in the 2012-13 season. … The Wolves, one of four teams to clinch playoff spots in the Eastern Conference lead the Central Division and are second in the conference. But they are only one point ahead of Kingston and North Bay. … The Wolves are 13 games over .500 despite having only a plus-5 goal differential (190 for, 185 against). … RW Nicholas Baptiste
(37-36-73), LW Nathan Pancel
(40-25-65) and C Matthew Campagna
(15-50-65) lead the Wolves. … The matchup features four of the league’s top seven goal scorers – the Otters’ Dane Fox
(56) and Brown, Pancel and Baptiste for Sudbury.
- Victor Fernandes