Kitchener Rangers forward Tyler Randell is back in the lineup.
The overager has missed the past 13 games with a high ankle sprain. He'll be a big boost to the second unit.
Randell has three goals in five games since rejoining the club from the AHL's Providence Bruins.
Tonight's tilt marks the return of Jonathan Jasper.
The defenceman was traded to the Petes this past November for a fourth round selection. Jasper has nine assists in 40 games since joining Peterborough.
It's also goalie Mike Morrison's first game back at the Aud since an off-season trade. The Hamilton native will start tonight.
I just spoke with Jasper in the hallway and he's happy to be back.
"Four years I played here and I never stepped foot into that room," he said, referring to the visitor's change room. "I never even knew what it looked like in there."
Jasper said he has been texting a few former Rangers in advance of the game.
"We're all trying to get each other going for the game," he said, of the good natured ribbing.
Warmup will be the hardest part for the Williamstown native.
"It's an awkward feeling being back. Coming out for the warmup will be an eye-opener. There will be a lot of memories going through my head."
Hopefully the game opps folks at the Aud have a good sense of humour and will show Jasper's "Bad Boy" ad on the screen over centre ice.
Lines for tonight:
- Oh so close on the shutout, yet again. The two best chances of the year for the Rangers have come against the Petes. Both times, the shutout was spoiled in the third period.
- Not the sexiest game. More of a greasy win, but the club will take it. That's two in a row for Kitchener.
- Some line dancing from coach/GM Steve Spott. Rookie Brent Pedersen was bumped down to the fourth line and Josh Sterk was promoted to the second unit in the third period.
- Spott said the club "dodged a bullet" by pulling out a victory.
- Props to the game opps folks who showed the Jonathan Jasper commercial on the video board. The Petes' healthy scratches sitting in the pressbox got a kick out of it, as did I.
- Some bad turnovers by Ryan Murphy tonight. Not often that you can call out the all-star defender.
- Captain Mike Catenacci continues his tear - a goal and two assists tonight. That's 63 points in 46 games.
JB's top three Rangers: Michael Catenacci, Franky Palazzese, Radek Faksa