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Posted: April 16th, 2014

OTTERS CHAT: Check out a recap of the latest edition of Otters Talk

 


Posted: April 16th, 2014

OTTERS EXTRA: Otters’ Knoblauch finishes 2nd for OHL coaching honor

Kris Knoblauch led the Erie Otters from last place in the Western Conference – and the league’s second-worst record – to a franchise-record 52 wins and the Western Conference championship series. But that wasn’t enough for Knoblauch to capture the OHL’s Coach of the Year award. Knoblauch earned 47 voting points, one behind Oshawa’s D.J. [...]


Posted: April 15th, 2014

VIC’S PICKS: Blackhawks will win a 2nd straight Cup title

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals No. 1A Boston def. WC2 Detroit, 4-1 No. 3A Montreal def. No. 2A Tampa Bay, 4-2 No. 1M Pittsburgh def. WC1 Columbus, 4-2 No. 2M N.Y. Rangers def. No. 3M Philadelphia, 4-3 Semifinals No. 1A Boston def. No. 3A Montreal, 4-1 No. 1M Pittsburgh def. No. 2M N.Y. Rangers, 4-2 Finals No. [...]


Posted: April 15th, 2014

NHL EXTRA: Stanley Cup playoff preview – Western Conference

WESTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS No. 1C Colorado Avalanche vs. WC1 Minnesota Wild Season records: Colorado 52-22-8, Minnesota 43-27-12 Season series: Colorado won 4-0-1 Players to watch Colorado – G Semyon Varlamov (41-14-6 record, 2.41 goals-against average, .927 save percentage, 2 shutouts), C Matt Duchene (23 goals, 47 assists, 70 points), LW Gabriel Landeskog (26-39-65), C Ryan [...]


Posted: April 15th, 2014

NHL EXTRA: Stanley Cup playoff preview – Eastern Conference

EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS No. 1M Pittsburgh Penguins vs. WC1 Columbus Blue Jackets Season records: Pittsburgh 51-24-7, Columbus 43-32-7 Season series: Pittsburgh won 5-0 Players to watch Pittsburgh – C Sidney Crosby (36 goals, 68 assists, 104 points), C Evgeni Malkin (23-49-72), LW Chris Kunitz (35-33-88), RW James Neal (27-34-61), D Kris Letang (11-11-22, minus-8 in [...]


Posted: April 15th, 2014

NHL EXTRA: 5 former Otters set for Stanley Cup playoffs

Five former Erie Otters are set to play in the Stanley Cup playoffs, which begin tonight… (includes position, age, current NHL club, total NHL games played and years played)  RW Mike Blunden (27), Montreal – 102 games (2006-08, 2009-14) * Spent most of the season with Hamilton (AHL), where he scored a career-high 18 goals [...]


Posted: April 15th, 2014

OTTERS TALK: Let’s talk Otters – Western Conference Finals Edition

 


Posted: April 14th, 2014

VIC’S PICKS: Generals will beat Battalion, advance to OHL finals

Defense will be on display in the Eastern Conference championship series between Oshawa and North Bay. The Generals (187 goals against) and Battalion (189) ranked second and third, respectively, in the regular season – behind the Erie Otters (170). They have been equally stingy in the playoffs, with the Generals allowing 13 goals in a [...]


Posted: April 14th, 2014

OTTERS TALK: Let’s talk Otters hockey Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Get ready for the Erie Otters’ Western Conference final series against Guelph with an hour-long edition of Otters Talk on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Share your questions and thoughts with Victor Fernandes by heading to the Shootout blog. Can’t join in at that time? Post your questions on Twitter at www.twitter.com/goeriehockey or send them by [...]


Posted: April 14th, 2014

OTTERS EXTRA: OHL playoffs at a glance

CONFERENCE FINALS Western Conference  No. 3 Erie vs. No. 1 Guelph Game 1 – Thursday at Guelph, 7 p.m. Game 2 – Friday at Guelph, 7:30 p.m. Game 3 – April 21 at Erie, 7 p.m. Game 4 – April 22 at Erie, 7 p.m. Game 5 – April 25 at Guelph, 7:30 p.m.* Game [...]