Rangers: 34-24-2-2, sixth in west
Greyhounds: 42-15-3-1, second in west
Head to head: Kitchener is 1-0-1-0 for three of a possible four points against the Soo this season.
Game-time: 2 p.m.
The skinny: The Soo comes in hot with four wins and an OTL in their past five games. The 'Hounds are four points up on Memorial Cup hosts the Windsor Spitfires in the battle for second in the west. Kitchener is looking to rebound after a disappointing loss to London in which it blew a four goal lead this past Friday.
Keep an eye on: Soo veteran forward Blake Speers is heating in time for the playoffs. The New Jersey Devils draft pick has two goals and four assists in his past five games with 20 shots.
KIT: Adam Mascherin 93 points, Joseph Garreffa 56, Connor Bunnaman 45.
SOO: Bobby MacIntyre 71, Zachary Senyshyn 58, Boris Katchouk, Morgan Frost and Conor Timmins 54.
Additional reading: Rangers blow four goal lead to London.
Adam Mascherin-Riley Damiani-Joseph Garreffa
Connor Bunnaman-Darby Llewellyn-Jake Henderson
Nick McHugh-Greg Meireles-Cole Carter
Dylan Seitz-Cedric Schiemenz-Jonathan Yantsis
Andrew Burns-Frank Hora
Giovanni Vallati-Dylan Di Perna
Elijah Roberts-Alex Peterson
Luke Richardson (9-3) starts.
Sault Ste. Marie:
Boris Katchouk-Blake Speers-Jack Kopacka
Tim Gettinger-Morgan Frost-Zach Senyshyn
Barrett Hayton-Hayden Verbeek-Bobby MacIntyre
Alex Gritz-Otto Makinen-David Miller
Colton White-Conor Timmins
Noah Carroll-Gustav Bouramman
Tony DeMeo-Mac Hollowell
Matt Villalta (21-2-0-0) starts.
- The Rangers need five wins and/or Flint regulation losses to clinch sixth in the west.
- A loss to London in final minute Friday. One today in the final three minutes. Those are tough to take.
- Adam Mascherin on the point on the power play for a bit. That's a new look.
- Is Mascherin, Connor Bunnaman and Joseph Garreffa the team's top line next season? Could be unless Lias Andersson crosses the pond.
- The officials took some heat in Friday's loss. Today, I thought they called a fair game and had control.
- Draws 38-19 Soo.
- No shots on the third period power play for the Rangers was an opportunity lost.
- The Rangers are showing that they can play with the west's best. The effort was there.
- A bit of concern in Erie? Goalie Troy Timpano has allowed nine goals in his past two games against Sarnia and Niagara.
- Sarnia's Jordan Kyrou has points in 27 consecutive games which passes the previous mark (for this season) held by Jeremy Bracco, who hit the score sheet for 26 games with the Rangers.
JB's top three Rangers: Luke Richardson, Connor Bunnaman, Andrew Burns