Things are winding down for all teams in the OHL ... scoreboard watching and the nightly checkin on the standings become more emotional. This article will look at the bottom of the conference and what is left to 'play out' in the schedule.
It appears that in the Eastern Conference the only certainty is that the Brampton Battalion and the Sudbury Wolves will finish as the #4/#5 teams or the #5/#4 teams.
The real race is going on below them in the standings. Who will qualify for the playoffs and in which slot? As you look at the 4 teams to qualify for three spots, one big question is who has the easier schedule?
Niagara Icedogs 8 games left: 5 are top 4 teams – only 1 from west– 5 home games Still searching for some secondary scoring. Goaltending has been shaky at times. Rookie D-man Hayden done for the year with a broken jaw.
Mississauga Steelheads 9 games left: 5 are top 4 teams – 2 from west - 3 home games Riley Brace needs to continue his offensive production to give them a chance. Goaltender Martin has a 2-4 record this month and is still searching for his first shutout this season.
Kingston Frontenacs 10 games left: 3 are Sunday afternoon games, 6 top 4 teams – all East 7 home Ryan Kujawinski was a late scratch at Niagara last week - will his wrist injury keep him out of some more games?
Peterborough Petes: 8 games left, 2 afternoon games 0 games against top 4 teams – 1 West team 4 home games Would be the story of the year in the OHL if they were able to squeak into the playoffs!!!
My prediction: Sudbury #4 Brampton #5 Niagara #6 Misssissauga #7 Peterborough #8