Gameday Preview: Greyhounds in Plymouth to take on WhalersSaturday, January 19, 2013 by: Brad Coccimiglio
Just 24 hours after dropping a 5-3 decision to the Saginaw Spirit in Saginaw, the Soo Greyhounds will look to rebound and keep pace in the Ontario Hockey League’s Western Conference on Saturday night.
The Greyhounds wrap up a short two-game road trip on Saturday night in Plymouth as they take on the Whalers. The Whalers currently sit three points ahead of the Greyhounds in the standings after beating the Mississauga Steelheads on Friday night.
The West Division remains tight and could continue to tighten up as the regular season winds down. The Sarnia Sting currently lead the division with 55 points and a total of eight points separates the top four teams in the division. The Sting have taken a hit recently to their lineup.
First it was the news that slick defenceman Connor Murphy would be sidelined for the rest of the season due to injury. The latest news is that high-scoring forward Alex Galchenyuk will start the NHL season, which opens today, up with the Montreal Canadiens. Should Galchenyuk stick with the Canadiens for the season, the Sting would have two major gaps to fill as they attempt to hold onto the division lead.
The good news for the Greyhounds is that they have had some success against the Whalers this season in the three meetings between the two clubs thanks to three overtime wins over their Detroit-area rivals.
Most recently, the Greyhounds scored a 4-3 win over the Whalers on Dec. 12 at the Essar Centre. The Greyhounds also scored a 3-2 win in Plymouth in mid-October and opened the season with a 6-5 win over the Whalers.
There are also five other games on the OHL schedule on Saturday night including:
- Erie at Saginaw
- Kingston at Oshawa
- Kitchener at Barrie
- Owen Sound at Belleville
- Peterborough at Niagara
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