The London Knights and Kitchener Rangers will meet for the last time in the regular season this evening at Budweiser Gardens.
Kitchener has the upper hand in the season series, leading 3-2. The last time the two teams met was at the Bud, when Kitchener defeated the Knights 3-2 in a shootout.
The Rangers have won both games this season in London, and enter the game on a 3 game win streak and have won 9 of their last 10.
Puck drop at Budweiser Gardens is scheduled for 7:30.
Players to watch:
The Knights have a hot hand coming into the game. Liam Foudy has been the Knights best forward in the past couple games. He enters tonight scoring 16 goals this season and he is on a 4-game scoring streak. Foudy has scored 6 goals in the past 4 games. The line of Foudy-Moskal-Dunkley has been the Knights most consistent line up front as of late.
On the other side, Adam Mascherin has 35 goals and 37 assists, good for 6th in league scoring heading into the game.
Mascherin has appeared in every Kitchener game this season, and with a strong finish to the regular season and playoff run, the Panthers 2nd round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft may receive an entry-level contract from Florida for his impressive OHL career.
The London Knights travel to Erie to take on the Otters at Erie Insurance Arena.
Both teams feature many new faces from the last time they played in Erie on December 12th, 2017.
The last time they met the Knights had Cliff Pu, Max Jones and Sam Miletic. Robert Thomas was away at Team Canada’s camp, and now all 4 of those players are with their new respective teams.
Erie fans may see a much younger Knights team that features Nathan Dunkley, Connor McMichael and Sergey Popov.
Erie won’t finish with a 50-win season for the first time in five years.
They traded away their experienced players, including Taylor Raddysh and Jordan Sambrook to the Soo Greyhounds for Hayden Fowler and 9 draft picks.
This will be the fifth meeting of the season between the two teams, with London holding a 3-1 series lead.
Puck drop in Erie is scheduled for 7.
Players to watch:
Evan Bouchard has performed very well for the Knights this season against Erie. The Knights captain has 2 points, an overtime goal and an assist against the Otters.
Meanwhile for the Otters keep an eye out for captain Kyle Maksimovich.
He has 52 points in 53 games, 5 of them against London.
If the 9th place Otters pull off an upset tomorrow against the Knights, Maksimovich will be a key player for Erie.
Monday the Knights end off their 3 games in 4 days weekend, at home against the Windsor Spitfires.
The defending Memorial Cup Champions hold a 3-2 series lead over the Knights.
The last time the two teams met, London entered the WFCU Centre and beat the Spits 5-2, led by Evan Bouchard who was the first star with two assists.
Both times that London hosted Windsor, the Spitfires walked away with 2-1 and 5-2 victories.
The Spits currently hold the 8th seed in the West, and are only 4 points back of Owen Sound and Saginaw for the 6-7th seed in the Western Conference.
Puck drop at Budweiser Gardens is scheduled for 2 P.M.
Players to watch:
Josh Nelson has scored 6 goals for the London Knights this year, 2 of them against the Windsor Spitfires. In his past 10 games, Nelson has 6 points, 2 of which were goals.
Watch for Nelson on Monday to continue his strong play against Windsor this season, and maybe find his way on the score sheet.
For the Windsor Spitfires, Luke Boka has had strong games against London. He has 5 of his 32 points against the Knights this season.
The last game he scored both Windsor goals on Joseph Raaymakers.
Watch for #61 Monday to find his way on the score sheet against the Knights.