The Erie Otters head on the road for back-to-back games in Barrie tonight and Owen Sound on Friday night.
On Wednesday, head coach Kris Knoblauch shared his thoughts on facing the Colts and Attack in the latest edition of Knoblauch Korner.
Knoblauch and D Justin Felker also spoke on how the players are handling the natural uncertainty that surrounds OHL trade deadline week.
Erie Otters (31-7-2-0) at Barrie Colts (20-16-1-2)
When: Today, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Barrie Molson Centre – Barrie, Ontario
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: at Owen Sound (Friday, 7:30 p.m.), vs. Windsor (Sunday, 2 p.m.)
What to watch: Barrie’s game at Owen Sound on Wednesday was postponed because of inclement weather and poor travel conditions. Tonight’s game and Erie’s game in Owen Sound on Friday are still scheduled, but the team should receive official word before they leave at 11:30 a.m. today. … G Oscar Dansk, D Adam Pelech and Fs Andre Burakovsky, Connor McDavid and Dylan Strome rejoin the team for their first game since leaving last month for international tournaments. … G Devin Williams starts tonight, head coach Kris Knoblauch said, so Dansk has time to recoup mentally from playing in the IIHF World Junior Championship. Dansk should start a game this weekend, namely Sunday’s matchup with Windsor at Erie Insurance Arena. … The Otters split a two-game series with Owen Sound last weekend, which included their first home loss of the season. … They are 2-3-1 in their last six games. … The Otters snapped a 0-for-10 streak on the power play with a goal on their only chance in last Saturday’s win against the Attack. They are 3 for their last 31, but remain the best in the OHL at 29.4 percent. … Erie’s lead in the Western Conference has shrunk to three points over Guelph and four over London. … The Otters remain second in the latest CHL top 10 poll, followed by Guelph at No. 3, London at No. 5 and Oshawa at No. 10. … The Otters (100 goals against) and Colts (115) are first and fourth, respectively, in the league. … The Otters are second with 182 goals scored, while the Colts are eighth with 143. … The Colts are fourth in the Eastern Conference, percentage points ahead of North Bay. … The Colts acquired RW Joseph Blandisi, a Colorado Avalanche prospect with 21 goals and 37 points in 37 games, from Ottawa on Wednesday in exchange for C Erik Bradford and third-round picks in 2015 and 2016. … Former Otters D Liam Maaskant has four points, a plus-3 rating and 32 penalty minutes in 28 games with Barrie this season. … Mackenzie Blackwood (10-10-1-1 record, 2.77 goals-against average, .909 save percentage, 1 shutout) and Daniel Gibl (7-6-0-1, 2.55, .919, 1 shutout) have been a solid pair in net for the Colts.