Friday, January 22nd, 2016
Erie Otters vs. Kitchener Rangers
1) Tonight marks the third of six meetings between the Rangers and Otters this season, the most recent being a 3-2 Otters win on November 26th. The Otters hold a 2-0-0-0 series edge over the Rangers through their two games played.
2) The Rangers come into tonight’s game with a 30-7-4-0 record and 64 points, sitting fourth place in the Western Conference standings.
3) The Otters boast a 36-6-1-0 record (73 points), and lead the Western Conference.
4) The Rangers are 18-4-2-0 at the Aud this season, while the Otters are 18-3-0-0 on the road.
5) The Otters are coming off a 3-1 win over the Owen Sound Attack in their last game on Sunday, while the Rangers last game was a narrow 5-4 loss to the London Knights on Tuesday here at the Aud.
6) The Rangers come into tonight’s game with a 7-3-0-0 record in their last 10 games, while the Otters are 8-2-0-0 in their last 10.
7) The Otters have scored the second most goals in the league at 175 (43 games played), while allowing the fewest (109). The Rangers have tallied the fourth highest total of goals this season (41 games), while giving up just 110.
8) Erie has scored the opening goal of the game 24-of-43 times this season. The Otters are 22-2 when they do score first, and 14-9 when the opposition does. Kitchener has scored the opening goal of the game in 31 of their 41 games played. They are 27-4 when scoring first, and 3-7 when giving up the game’s opening goal.
9) Kitchener boasts the league’s second best power play on home ice, converting on 26.4% of their opportunities (23-of-87). Erie’s road penalty kill is ninth in the league, shutting down the man advantage 81.1% of the opportunities presented against (60-of-74).
10) The Otters come into tonight with the second best road power play efficiency, converting on 24.4% of their chances with the man advantage (19-of-78). The Rangers home penalty kill is ranked ninth at 81.9% (86-of-105).
11) Rangers forwards Ryan MacInnis (11-19=30, 18 games) enters the game with the OHL’s longest active point streak, while Jeremy Bracco (6-9=15) also has points in eight straight games.
12) Kitchener’s Ryan MacInnis (7) and Erie’s Alex DeBrincat (6) are ranked second and third in the league, respectively, in game winning goals.