Erie Otters (50-14-2-0) at Plymouth Whalers (27-32-0-7)
When: Today, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Compuware Arena – Plymouth, Mich.
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: vs. Sarnia (Saturday, 7 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters moved within three points of first-place Guelph in the race for the OHL’s regular-season championship and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs with a 3-2 win in Windsor on Friday night. They also are three points ahead of fourth-place London. …
The Otters needs a win and a Guelph loss to Sarnia at home to remain in contention for the top spot overall. … Erie can clinch at least the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference with a win tonight and a London loss to Owen Sound at home. … The Otters have won six straight and seven of their last eight games, including a 6-1 win over Windsor last Friday at Erie Insurance Arena. … They can set the franchise record for points in a season (102 in 2000-01) with one point, as well as set a new franchise mark with their 22nd road win of the season. … RW
(45 goals, 80 assists, 123 points) can finish among the top three in those three offensive categories, as well as power-play goals (20). … C Connor McDavid
(25-70-95) needs five points in the last two games to join Brown and LW Dane Fox
(62-41-103) as the only players in franchise history – and potentially the only players in the league this season – to reach 100 points. …. If McDavid reaches 100 points, the Otters would be the first club with three players to top the century mark in the same season since London’s Patrick Kane
(145 points), Sergei Kostitsyn
(131) and Sam Gagner
(118) in the 2006-07 season. … G Oscar Dansk
needs one win to
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 (2.35) in Otters’ history (Adam Munro
, 2.31 in 2000-01). … C Kyle Pettit
(upper body) skated this week, but he didn’t play Friday in Windsor. … Plymouth has clinched the eighth seed in the Western Conference, and will face Guelph, Erie or London in the first round. … The Otters routed Plymouth 11-2 in their last meeting on March 5. Erie can complete a sweep of the four-game season series with a win.
- Victor Fernandes