Radek Faksa returns in a few minutes from his knee injury. He's missed 15 games, and Kitchener has 8 games remaining in the regular season. The team has already secured a playoff spot. He will center the top line tonight.
It's unlikely ... I'm still crossing my fingers ... but Niagara could actually fall out of the playoffs. They had a pretty nice lead to the point a month ago it looked like they were locks. How'd that Joe Nieuwendyk School for the Trade Deadline workout for ya Coach/GM Marty Williamson?
Sooner Niagara is out of the mix, the sooner Brett Ritchie starts his pro career.
In the month of February, the team went 4-7-0. The Peterborough Petes are currently in 9th place, and they are 7 points back of the Ice Dogs. Both teams have 7 games remaining.
In Niagara's last 7 games, they play 6 games against playoff teams. All those teams have a better win% than the Dogs. They only have 1 game against a non playoff team.
The Petes have a similar remaining schedule. Go Petes!