Feb 1 2014 OHL Game Day Predictions
Oshawa at Ottawa
As predicted on twitter (@notsoheavyd) .. Oshawa by 2 goals …
Kitchener at Niagara
Both teams are near the bottom of their conferences. Niagara was very close last night at Mississauga but couldn’t stay with the home ice Steelheads for a 2-1 loss. Dogs are in eighth place with a 4 point lead over the 67’s (leading 3-0 over Oshawa at press time).
The Rangers are in last place in the West and are 5 points behind the last playoff spot. Interesting that the bottom 4 teams in the Western Conference are each in the midst of a 2 game or 4 game losing streak. The Rangers lost by 2 goals to Barrie on Friday night despite their 3 goal outburst in the second period. Top scorers for the Rangers are Magyar (36 pts), Bailey (35 pts) and Llewelyn (29 pts).
Niagara by 2 goals
Sault Ste Marie at Sudbury
Battle of the 705 – both teams are in second place in their conferences. Sudbury is only 4 points out of first, whereas the Hounds are 7 points behind the pace setters. The Greyhounds have been sharper of late with 8 wins in their past 10 games.
Sault Ste Marie in OT
Belleville at Plymouth
Both teams have been struggling lately – each team has only 3 wins in their past 10 starts. Belleville is in last in the East – Plymouth is clinging to the last playoff spot in the West. Whalers are mired in a 4 game losing streak.
Plymouth by 2
Mississauga at Sarnia
Steelheads squeaked by the Dogs last night and will now have to avoid getting stung by Sarnia. Sting have only 1 point in their past 3 starts. They are 3 points out of the last playoff spot. Mississauga is 2 points up on the Dogs for the #7 spot in the East.
Sarnia by 2
Guelph at Windsor
The Storm take their 9 game winning streak into Windsor to try and regain the top spot in the Western Conference. Windsor is nestled into the #5 spot with a tidy 5 game win streak of their own. Should be plenty of attention paid to former Spits in this game from the partisan crowd.
Guelph by 2
Kingston at Saginaw
Despite outshooting the Whalers 52-23, they were only able to win by a single goal, 3-2. A last minute powerplay goal by Bennett gave the Fronts the victory. He continued his delft scoring touch with 3 points on the night. The Fronts are in the #3 slot in the Eastern Conference – tied with North Bay but taking the advantage due to fewer games played.
The Spirit pummeled the Belleville Bulls in Saginaw last night 7-0. They also outshot them 47-29. Jesse Graham held the ‘hot hand’ with one goal in each period and an assist. His season total of 39 points matches his total last season and is 2 point off his career high.
Kingston by 2
London at Barrie
This is a rematch of last year’s OHL Championship where the Knights would win 4 games to 3. This season both of these teams are still ‘in the hunt’, but are not in the top 3 of their respective conferences.
The Knights are riding a 4 game winning streak and have a winning percentage of .724. The Colts have wins in 6 of their past 10 games. They got past Kitchener last night 6-4. AA will have extra motivation on the top Barrie line as he plays against his former squad.
Barrie in OT
Erie at Owen Sound
Round #2 of their doubleheader. The Attack came close last night only losing by 1 goal after trailing 3-0 in the second period. Zack Nastasiuk has 2 goals and an assist for the home side. Three players from Erie had multipoint games – McDavid, Curtis and Gaunce.
Erie by 2