London Knights (24-6-1-1) at Erie Otters (28-4-1-0)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: at Guelph (Sunday, 6:30 p.m.)
What to watch: Erie takes a nine-game winning streak into this matchup with the Midwest Division rival Knights, which have handed the Otters two of their four regulation losses this season in their first three meetings. … The win streak stands two shy of equaling the franchise record of 11 straight victories set earlier this season. … The Otters also put their franchise-record, 17-game winning home streak on the line. … The OHL-leading Otters (57 points) have a seven-point lead over London in the Western Conference standings. … London has won seven straight and 10 of their last 11 games following a 5-2 win against Guelph on Friday night. … The final three meetings in the six-game season series are in Erie. … Both teams are missing frontline players who are preparing for the upcoming IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden – G Oscar Dansk (16-3-1-0 record, 2.17 goals-against average, .919 save percentage, 4 shutouts), D Adam Pelech (8 goals, 16 assists, 24 points; plus-23 rating) and RW Andre Burakovsky (23-24-47) and C Connor McDavid (12-38-50) for the Otters, Ds Tim Bender (1-2-3, +12) and Nikita Zadorov (2-4-6, +8 in 8 games) and Fs Josh Anderson (16-13-29) and Bo Horvat (16-28-44) for the Knights. … G Anthony Stolarz (20-3-1-0, 2.50, .926, 3 shutouts) should be available for the Knights. The London Free Press has reported that Stolarz leaves Sunday to attend the United States National Junior Team’s selection camp in Minneapolis. … Otters LW Dane Fox has goals and points in nine straight games (17 goals, 23 points). He can set a new franchise record for consecutive games with a goal tonight. He’s currently tied with Brad Boyes, who had goals in nine straight games from Nov. 4-25, 2000. … G Devin Williams has won 12 straight starts. … RW Joel Wigle (fractured clavicle) won’t play until after Christmas break.
- Victor Fernandes
* denotes starters
Scratches: RW Joel Wigle (fractured clavicle), G Oscar Dansk (World Juniors – Sweden), D Adam Pelech (WJC – Canada), RW Andre Burakovsky (WJC – Sweden), C Connor McDavid (WJC – Canada)
Bell-Austin (former Otter)
Scratches: LW Matt Rupert (final game of 15-game suspension), C Bo Horvat (World Juniors – Canada), D Tim Bender (WJC – Germany), D Nikita Zadorov (WJC – Russia), RW Josh Anderson (WJC – Canada)
Referees: Joe Park, Chris Carnegie; Linesmen: Mike Zujko, Dave Pfohl