Call this game critical.
Never mind that the Kitchener Rangers have lost four straight.
If the Rangers want to catch the Guelph Storm for home ice advantage, the team needs to win Sunday's match.
It’s one of three against the Storm in the remaining 10 contests. Take all three and the Rangers have a shot at opening the playoffs at the Aud.
Kitchener: 27-21-3-7, sixth in western conference
Guelph: 33-23-2-2, fourth in western conference
Time: 2 p.m.
Head-to-head: Kitchener leads the season series 3-2 and is 19-14-1-3 (despite going 0-8 last year) against Guelph in the past five years.
DAVIES DEALING: Rangers winger Mike Davies has one point in each of his past five games – one goal and four assists.
UN-PATERSON LIKE: Kitchener goalie Jake Paterson has allowed 12 goals in the past three games – all losses. It’s atypical of the netminder since joining the Rangers.
LESLIE LEAVING: Guelph Storm defenceman Zac Leslie will play his final OHL game Sunday. Soon after the game, the veteran is going under the knife to have shoulder surgery. The procedure needs to be done now so he is ready by the fall to pursue his pro dreams. The Los Angeles Kings draft pick is the Storm's top rearguard and losing him is a major blow for Guelph’s playoff hopes.