The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds have solidified themselves atop the OHL, and with 23 straight wins they aren’t showing any signs of slowing down.
1. SSM Greyhounds (32-3-2-0 | 66 points)
Saturday’s win over Guelph was the first time the Greyhounds needed a shootout all season. The Greyhounds 23 game win streak is just two shy of the OHL record. The Kitchener Rangers won 25 straight in 1984, albeit without any shootout victories.
GAMES THIS WEEK: at Mississauga Thursday, at Oshawa Friday, at Guelph Sunday
2. Hamilton Bulldogs (23-8-3-3 | 52 points)
Goals against have been up a bit recently, but the team has been scoring at a much higher pace the last few weeks compared to the start of the season.
GAMES THIS WEEK: vs Peterborough Wednesday, vs North Bay Friday, vs Sudbury Sunday
3. Barrie Colts (23-11-2-1 | 49points)
The Colts’ offence was silenced in Tuesday’s loss to Kitchener, but don’t expect it to be silent for long with the pending return of Lipanov and Svechnikov from the WJC.
GAMES THIS WEEK: vs London Thursday, vs Kingston Saturday
4. Kitchener Rangers (25-11-2-0 | 52 points)
Five straight wins for the Rangers as they’ve really started to pull away in the Midwest. Luke Richardson recorded his first OHL shutout, a 43-save effort over the Barrie Colts.
GAMES THIS WEEK: vs Mississauga Friday, at Owen Sound
5. Sarnia Sting (25-11-2-0 | 52 points)
Their offence has taken a big hit with Jordan Kyrou and Adam Ruzicka at the World Juniors, but don’t be fooled, this is still a very dangerous team offensively. Will be even more deadly with the right deadline additions.
GAMES THIS WEEK: vs Saginaw Wednesday, vs Flint Friday, at Saginaw Saturday
6. Kingston Frontenacs (18-12-3-3 | 42 points)
Made a huge splash acquiring Sean Day and Gabe Vilardi, that keeps them in the thick of things with Barrie and Hamilton. All three have made moves at the deadline to improve there team, with more maybe to come.
GAMES THIS WEEK: vs Windsor Friday, at Barrie Saturday, at Niagara Sunday
7. London Knights (20-14-2-1 | 43 points)
The Knights are in a interesting spot, as the team could be both buyers and sellers at the trade deadline. Does Mete come back after the World Juniors, do guys like Pu and Jones finish the year in London, or elsewhere?
GAMES THIS WEEK: at Barrie Thursday, at Sudbury Friday, at North Bay Sunday
8. Saginaw Spirit (19-13-3-0 | 41 points)
No team in the OHL has received more points from rookies than the Saginaw Spirit, look poised to break the 30-win mark for the first time since 2013-14.
GAMES THIS WEEK: at Sarnia Wednesday, vs Erie Friday, vs Sarnia Saturday
9. Niagara IceDogs (19-11-3-2 | 43 points)
Three straight wins for the IceDogs, who will be in tough competing against Barrie, Hamilton and Kingston, but should be solid enough to get home ice.
GAMES THIS WEEK: vs Guelph Thursday, vs Sudbury Saturday, vs Kingston Sunday
10. Oshawa Generals (18-17-2-0 | 38 points)
Five straight wins for the Generals have them back in the top 10
GAMES THIS WEEK: at North Bay Thursday, vs Sault Ste. Marie Saturday, vs Owen Sound Sunday