Here are the lineups for tonight’s Game 3 between the Erie Otters and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (starters to follow)…
SCRATCHES: D Justin Felker (healthy), C Kyle Pettit (gash across left calf), D Darren Raddysh (healthy), C Quentin Maksimovich (healthy)
SAULT STE. MARIE GREYHOUNDS
SCRATCHES: RW Jorgen Karterud, RW Bryan Moore, D David Ecclesd, C Charley Gaaskamp
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Western Conference semifinals, Game 3 (best-of-7 series)
No. 3 Erie Otters vs. No. 2 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WJET-AM/1400, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Players to watch
Erie – LW Dane Fox (7 goals, 9 assists, 16 points), C Connor McDavid (4-8-12), RW Connor Brown (3-9-12), C Brendan Gaunce (5-6-11), LW Andre Burakovsky (6-1-7), G Devin Williams (6-0-1 record, 2.20 goals-against average, .923 save percentage, 1 shutout); Sault Ste. Marie – G Matt Murray (4-2-1, 2.71, .910, 1
shutout), D Darnell Nurse
(2-5-7), C Tyler Gaudet
(2-6-8), LW Michael Bunting
(5-1-6), C Jared McCann
(2-4-6), LW Sergey Tolchinsky
The Otters are 4-2 in their playoff history when holding a 2-0 series lead. Sault Ste. Marie handed the Otters one of those losses – in the 2000 Western semifinals. … The No. 1 line of Brown, Fox and McDavid combined for three goals and eight assists in Game 2 after totaling one point in Game 1. … Burakovsky has no points in the past three games after contributing six goals and seven points in the first four games against Saginaw in the first round. … Gaunce has points in five straight games and six of seven in the playoffs. … Williams recorded the Otters’ first playoff shutout since 2009 and fifth in franchise history in Game 2. … The Otters are 2-for-10 on the power play and 11-for-11 on the penalty kill in the series. … Nurse, an Edmonton Oilers prospect, has no points and a minus-4 rating in the series. … McCann and D Kyle Jenkins
are the only Greyhounds with points in the series.
The Otters have never swept a playoff series in their history. They can move one step closer to doing that with a win at home, where they have a 32-3-1 record this season.
- Victor Fernandes