Mississauga Steelheads (13-17-1-2) at Erie Otters (26-4-1-0)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: at Niagara (Thursday, 7 p.m.), vs. London (Saturday, 7 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters return home after sweeping three game in Peterborough, Ottawa and Kingston this past weekend. … The Otters are a franchise-best and OHL-best 16-0-0-0 on home ice. They are four wins behind the second-longest home winning streak in league history. The St. Catharines Fincups won 20 in a row from Sept. 24, 1976 to Jan. 18, 1977. The record is 33 straight by the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the 1984-85 season. … The Otters can complete a four-game sweep of the season series with the Steelheads. They won the first three games by a combined 20-1 score, including 7-1 at home Nov. 30. … Goaltending prospect Daniel Dekoning joins the team in St. Catharines, Ontario, on Thursday to replace G Oscar Dansk, the reigning CHL goaltender of the week who, along with RW Andre Burakovsky, leaves the team Friday to join their native Sweden to prepare for the IIHF World Junior Championship, which will be held Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 in Malmo, Sweden. C Connor McDavid and D Adam Pelech leave the team Thursday to join Canada for World Juniors. … The club recalled D prospect Cole Mayo on Tuesday, and will add D prospect Jesse Saban to the roster after Christmas break. Head coach Kris Knoblauch plans to dress both rookies for games after the break. … LW Dane Fox wasn’t suspended for his slew-footing match penalty Sunday in Kingston. League officials deemed the penalty shouldn’t have been called. … Fox has goals and points in seven straight games (13 goals, 18 points). … Dansk and G Devin Williams have combined for seven shutouts, which leads the league and stands one shy of the franchise record of eight, set by J.F. Perras and Adam Munro in the 2000-01 season. … C Dylan Strome is tied for third among all rookies with 19 points. … The Steelheads have lost seven straight and nine of their last 10 games to fall to sixth in the Eastern Conference. … They have been outscored 137-94 this season. … It’s “Coats for Kids Night” at the game. Fans donating a child’s winter coat can purchase as many as four tickets to the game at $5 apiece. Coats will be donated to the Inter-Church Ministries.
- Victor Fernandes
* denotes starters
Scratches: RW Joel Wigle (upper body), C Quentin Maksimovich (healthy) RW Patrick Murphy (healthy), D Justin Felker (healthy)
Scratches: C Nathan Bastian, LW Damian Bourne, D Sean Day
Referee: Keith Kaval; Linesmen: Ray King, Eric Komorek