* denotes starters
Scratches: C Jake Evans (sprained knee), C Kyle Pettit (upper body), D Justin Felker (healthy), D Darren Raddysh (healthy), G Devin Williams (healthy – taking standardized tests back home in Saginaw, Mich.)
Scratches: LW Liam Dunda, RW Bryce Yetman, LW Jordan Addesi, RW Connor Sills
Referees: Ryan Carroll, Keith Kaval (Erie native); Linesmen: Ray King (Erie native), Ryan Holmstead
Plymouth Whalers (25-30-0-7) at Erie Otters (46-14-2-0)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: vs. Windsor (Friday, 7 p.m.), vs. Kitchener (Saturday, 7 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters begin a three-game homestand over the next four days after sweeping games in Sarnia and Saginaw this past weekend. … The Otters can add to their franchise record for wins in a season that they set with a 4-2 win against the Spirit last Saturday. … The third-place Otters, who have six games left, trail first-place Guelph by seven points in the race for the OHL’s regular-season championship and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. The Storm beat Kitchener 2-0 Tuesday night. Erie remains one point ahead of fourth-place London, who was idle Tuesday. … The Otters can set a new franchise record for home wins in a season tonight. They are tied with the 2000–01 club, which won 26 home games. They are 7-3-1-0 at home since starting the season with a franchise-record 19 straight wins. … C Connor McDavid (21 goals, 61 assists, 82 points) has moved into the league’s top 10 in scoring. He has moved into second, behind teammate Connor Brown (41-74-115) on the league’s assist list. … C Jake Evans (sprained knee) won’t play tonight, but head coach Kris Knoblauch said he hasn’t been ruled out for this weekend’s games. … C Kyle Pettit (upper body) remains out of the lineup. … G Oscar Dansk struggled in February with a 3
-4-0-0 record, 3.29 goals-against average, .879 save percentage in seven games last month. His overall numbers are 26-9-1-0, 2.36, .913 and 5 shutouts. … The Whalers can clinch the Western Conference’s final playoff spot tonight with a win, an overtime loss or a shootout loss. They lead ninth-place Kitchener by 10 points with six games. … The Whalers have scored 172 goals, the second fewest in the league. … C Zach Lorentz
leads the Whalers with 25 goals and 49 points. RW Ryan Hartman
has 23 goals and 48 points. … G Alex Nedeljkovic
(23-25-0-7, 2.91, .925, 1 shutout) is a top prospect in net for the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. … The Otters hold the final Springhill Suites Big Assist night of the season tonight with Macaroni Night, when fans can purchase a discounted $5 ticket by donating a macaroni dinner that will benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank.
- Victor Fernandes