Game Preview: Bulldogs at Ottawa

Tonight at 7 p.m., the 67’s look to extend their winning streak to five as they host the Hamilton Bulldogs in their final home game of the regular season. Sit on the glass for only $17! Great seats are available for tonight’s game by clicking here, calling 613-232-6767 x1, or in person at the TD Place Box Office.

As the playoffs near, every game becomes increasingly important for both teams. For the Hamilton Bulldogs, tonight is a must win. They currently sit ninth in the Eastern Conference, four points back of the Generals who hold the eighth seed. 

Oshawa is in action tonight as well, they’ll take on the East Division champs in Kingston. To stay in the playoff hunt, Hamilton will also need the Fronts to beat the Gens in regulation, or their post-season hopes will abruptly end this evening.

If Ottawa can make Hamilton heel and grab two points their position in the standings won’t improve, but they will keep their advantage over Peterborough and Mississuaga. The 67’s and Petes are tied with 71 points, though Ottawa owns the tie-breaker as they have two more regulation wins. Mississauga finds themselves in seventh place with 69 points.

Just above the 67’s Niagara ranks fourth, in the last home ice advantage spot. The Barber Poles still ahve the opportunity to catch them, though the IceDogs would have to drop both of their final games and Ottawa wins their’s.

The 67’s will have to do so, at least tonight, without Leo Lazarev. The Russian netminder left Wednesday night’s contest with an injury and will be held out of the lineup this evening. GM Jeff Brown signed Gloucester Rangers netminder Doug Johnston to a one-day emergency recall contract and he’ll backup Liam Herbst versus the Bulldogs.

Herbst is coming off one of his best performances this season. He came in cold late in the second period on Wednesday against the Colts and stopped all 12 of 13 shots fired his way. Though he didn’t earn the W, his effort ensured the 67’s the two points they desperately needed. Look for him to be ready for the starter’s role tonight.

Getting Here

You can take advantage of free OC Transpo bus service for all Ottawa 67’s home games! Your pre-purchased ticket provides you with free transit on any OC Transpo bus starting three hours before the game, and up to three hours afterwards. For more information on transit service to TD Place, please visit the OC Transpo website.

Unfortunately, event parking in the underground garage at TD Place for tonight’s game has been completely sold out. Parking is available at the Glebe Parking Garage, located at 170 Second Avenue near Bank Street (map provided here). For more info on rates, please click here.

For more information on getting to TD Place, please click here.

Where to Watch

Can’t make it down to TD Place? Catch the 67’s live on Rogers TV Ottawa (Cable 22) or listen to this tonight’s game on 580 CFRA

Follow the Ottawa 67’s on Twitter for all the latest info and in-game updates.

The Ottawa 67’s are headed to the OHL playoffs for the second straight year. Tickets for the first two home games will go on sale Monday, March 21 at 10 a.m.

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