Erie Otters (44-14-2-0) at Sarnia Sting (16-38-1-5)
When: Today, 7:05 p.m.
Where: RBC Centre – Sarnia, Ontario
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: at Saginaw (Saturday, 7:11 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters look to rebound from a stretch of four losses in five games against a Sting club that could be eliminated from OHL playoff contention tonight. Sarnia, which has the league’s worst record, stands 16 points behind eighth-place Plymouth with eight regular-season games left. … The Otters won the opening two games of the season series by a combined 13-4 score, including a 6-3 win in Sarnia on Sept. 27. The Otters conclude the regular season March 15 against the Sting at Erie Insurance Arena. … The Otters are seven points behind front-running Guelph, who beat North Bay 5-4 on Thursday, and a point behind third-place London in the race for the league’s regular-season title and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. All three clubs have eight games left. … The Otters have another chance to tie the franchise’s single-season mark of 45 wins held by the 2000-01 club. … They also need 12 points in the standings to equal the mark of 102 points set in 2000-01. … They need to score 22 goals in their last eight games – 2.75 per game – to match the mark of 281 goals set in 2010-11. … They also have allowed 152 goals, which leads the league and stands 19 below the franchise mark of 171 set in 2000-01. … LW Dane Fox (56 goals, 37 assists, 93 points), the league’s top goal scorer, has four goals in his past 16 games. … The Sting have lost nine of their last 10 games. … They rank near the bottom of the league with 191 goals scored, and are last with 290 goals against. … D Jimmy McDowell, a former Otter, has 11 goals, 27 points and a minus-25 rating in 40 games with the Sting. He has 12 goals, 34 points (a career high) and a minus-34 rating in 60 games between the Sting and Sudbury. … RW Hayden Hodgson, a former Otter, has three goals and seven points in 10 games with the Sting. … RW Nikolay Goldobin, who led all rookies a season ago with 68 points, ranks among the top 10 overall with 82 points (35-47-82).
- Victor Fernandes
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