3-v-3: Players to watch when Ottawa host the Generals
A look at three key players for each team ahead tonight’s game between your Ottawa 67’s and the Oshawa Generals.
Leo Lazarev (#37)
Though Lazarev suffered a 4-1 loss to Niagara on Friday night, he rebounded nicely on Sunday afternoon, allowing only one goal on the way to a 67’s win. In total, Lazarev stopped 63 of 68 shots he faced last weekend and has put together an impressive 2016 record. Since New Year’s Eve, Leo is 3-2 with a .932 save percentage and a 2.03 GAA. He’ll likely get the start tonight and will need to be at his best as his team looks to win three in a row.
Dante Salituro (#96)
Ottawa’s offensive juggernaut is racking up the points as of late. In his last four games, Dante has doubled up, tallying eight points over that time. His team-leading 55 points (25G, 30A) has him in the OHL’s top ten scorers. It seems as Salituro goes so do the 67’s, look for him to centre Ottawa’s top line against Oshawa tonight.
Evan de Haan (#22)
The Ottawa native has been heating up recently. In his last five games, de Haan has recorded five assists, including three during the 67’s two-game winning streak. Over that time, the offensive-minded rearguard has overtaken Stepan Falkovsky for the team’s scoring lead among defenceman. He now has 23 points in 36 games, one more than he recorded all last between the Wolves and 67’s.
Jeremy Brodeur (#56)
Son of soon-to-be Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender Martin Brodeur, Jeremy is Oshawa’s number one netminder. He’s been stuck in a rut lately, losing three straight starts and posting a 4.00 GAA over that stretch. Before that trio of defeats though, Brodeur was solid, winning three in a row and only allowing six goals while boasting a .936 SV%. Ottawa will have to get a ton of traffic in front of the young goalie if they hope to extend his losing streak to four.
Anthony Cirelli (#22)
After the departures of forwards Matt Mistele and Michael Dal Colle, Cirelli has become the Generals leading scorer. In 2016, the 18 year-old centre has scored two goals and added five assists. He’ll be a key piece of the Generals future, so expect him to get plenty of playing time in the second half of the season and tonight at TD Place.
Kenny Huether (#25)
The stout right winger has already doubled his offensive output from last season. Huether has 16 goals and 14 assists, though he hasn’t tallied any points in his last three games. He’s another young General that should expect more ice time with less veterans in the lineup. Look for him to use his speed and shot to help Oshawa outscore the 67’s.
Getting to TD Place
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Where to watch
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