* denotes starters
Scratches: C Dylan Strome (concussion), RW Andre Burakovsky (head), D Justin Felker (healthy), LW Travis Wood (healthy)
Scratches: D Kyle Locke, RW Adam Craievich, LW Ryan Migliaccio, LW Tyler Bertuzzi, D Garrett McFadden
Referees: Jason Faist, Scott Ferguson; Linesmen: Cory Piche, Ryan Holmstead
Guelph Storm (33-8-2-1) at Erie Otters (35-7-2-0)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: vs. Niagara (Friday, 7 p.m.), at Belleville (Saturday, 7:05 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters and Storm take respective five-game winning streaks into a matchup between the top two teams in the Western Conference. Erie (OHL-best 72 points) leads Guelph (second overall with 69) by three points heading into the final meeting in the six-game, regular-season series. Both teams are unbeaten at home, with the Storm leading 3-2. … The Otters are a league-best 22-0-1 at home, while the Storm are No. 1 in the league on the road (14-6-2-0). … The Otters (32.1 percent) and Storm (26.5) are first and third, respectively, on the power play. … The Otters (87.3 percent) and Storm (83.7) are 1-2 on the penalty kill. … The Storm lead the way in scoring offense (213 goals), with the Otters in second (207). … The Otters are first in scoring defense (108 goals against), while the Storm are tied for second (124). … LW Dane Fox (51 goals, 31 assists, 82 points) needs three goals to break Cory Pecker‘s franchise record of 53 goals set in the 2001-02 season. … RW Connor Brown (31-61-92) needs two assists to break the franchise mark of 62 held by Zack Torquato since the 2009-10 season. … Fox and Brown are on pace to surpass Pecker’s single-season record of 99 points in 2001-02. … C Connor McDavid (15-47-62) has four goals and 15 points in a six-game point streak, including nine points in the past two games. … D Adam Pelech has 15 points – all assists – in a six-game point streak, including seven in the past two games. … RW Scott Kosmachuk (32-29-61) leads the Storm, followed by LW Brock McGinn (27-27-54) and RW Robby Fabbri (28-22-50). … LW Kerby Rychel, who played for Canada at the IIHF World Junior Championship in Sweden, has three goals and nine points in seven games since joining the Storm in a deal with Windsor in early December. C Brendan Gaunce, who was acquired from Belleville a week earlier, has 11 goals and 21 points in 19 games with the Otters.
- Victor Fernandes