Live Blog: Bus Edition – Post #1

Posted: March 13, 2015 in Whalers



Here we are, the second to last weekend of OHL season. Plymouth’s last in the OHL. The Whalers Booster club is holding their final bus trip, in which fans head up to Sault Ste. Marie to see the Whalers fight for much needed points against a surging Greyhounds team.

The bus departed from Compuware Arena at 9:30 this morning heading to the first stop of the trip West Branch, MI, for lunch and a little shopping.

This weekend can make or break the Whalers playoff chances. Facing the Soo will be tough, but so will the home and home against the Saginaw Spirit. Those two are the must win games of the weekend. Losses by the Spirit and Spitfires are only helpful if the Whalers gain points to overtake the two teams ahead of them. 

Photo Credit: Rena Laverty

We are down to the final eight games of the season and the Whalers have fought their way back to now be in a three-way tie for points at 51. Tonight’s game against the Spirit is another must win for the team. If Windsor loses tonight and the Whalers beat Saginaw, Plymouth will leapfrog into the 8 spot.

The bad news however is that the Whalers have lost the services of Connor Chatham.

Pete Krupsky gives us the details on why he is out of the lineup.

It’s rough, but the Whalers are going to have to pull through without him.

IMG_3658If the Whalers want to make the playoffs this season, they have to win this morning.

No, that’s not an over-dramatization, the Whalers are two points behind the 8th place Spirit and with nine games remaining, they face Saginaw four times. That is a huge eight points needed to move up to the eight spot.

Can the Whalers win? The short answer, yes. The Whalers have been playing better hockey in the past ten games, going 5-4-1-0 while the Saginaw Spirit are currently licking their wounds from a 12-3 shellacking from the London Knights, and have choked to a 1-9-0-0 record in the past ten games.

The Whalers play Saginaw this morning before hosting them at Compuware Arena on Thursday. The other team in the mix is Windsor, and they face the Soo on Thursday. All I’m saying is that there is a decent chance that the Whalers can move up to the eighth spot by the end of Thursday’s game.

I’ll repeat it again. If the Whalers want to make the playoffs this season, they have to win this morning.

 

Explanation of what this is.

Last Post’s Results 

Twelve games remain for the Plymouth Whalers and they are fighting to make it to the playoffs for their final season in the OHL. Evidence that this team has not given up can be seen last Saturday where the team won the faceoff and broke the tie with 5.3 seconds remaining in the third.

The Whalers continue their Home-Home-Away against Sarnia tonight looking to gain ground on slumping Saginaw. Let’s look at tonight’s games.


Thursday, February 26th, 2015

  • Matchup | Ideal Result | Actual Result | Playoff % Effect
  • Ottawa @ Windsor | Ottawa Reg. Win | *** | ****%
  • Sarnia @ Plymouth | Plymouth Reg. Win | *** | ****%

Plymouth Whalers Playoff Chance

  • Before Games: 5.4%
  • After Games: ****%
  • Change: ****%

Explanation of what this is.

Yesterday’s Results 


Saturday, January 17th, 2015

  • Matchup | Ideal Result | Actual Result | Playoff % Effect
  • Sudbury @ Plymouth | Plymouth Reg. Win | xxxx | +0.4%
  • Guelph @ Saginaw | Guelph Reg. Win | xxxx | +0.7%
  • Kitchener @ Windsor | Kitchener Reg. Win | xxxx | +0.2%

Plymouth Whalers Playoff Chance

  • Before Games: 2.7%
  • After Games: xxxx%
  • Change: xxxx%

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Mitch Jones and Coach Don Elland will be missing the next two games due to the fight that happened at the 5:19 mark of the second period of last night’s 5-2 loss against the Sting.

Jones was given a game misconduct penalty for leaving the bench to start an altercation. Which is a violation of Rule 70.2 in the OHL Rulebook.

Rule 70 – Leaving the Bench

70.2 Legal Line Change – A player who has entered the game while play is in progress from his own players’ bench or legally from the penalty bench (penalty time has expired) who starts an altercation maybe subject to discipline in accordance with Rule 28– Supplementary Discipline.

A player or players who have entered the game on a legal line change during a stoppage of play, who line up in preparation for the ensuing face-off, and who participate in an altercation shall be penalized under the appropriate rule and will be subject to discipline in accordance with Rule 28 – Supplementary Discipline (a game misconduct is not automatic in this situation unless provided for as a result of his actions in the altercation).

Both Coach Elland and Jones will be back in action when the Whalers travel to Niagara to take on the Ice Dogs.

 

Explanation of what this is.

Yesterday’s Results 


Friday, January 16th, 2015

  • Matchup | Ideal Result | Actual Result | Playoff % Effect
  • Windsor @ London | London Reg. Win | London 5 – Windsor 2 | +0.3%
  • Sudbury @ Saginaw | Sudbury Reg. Win | Saginaw 4 – Sudbury 1 | -0.4%
  • Plymouth @ Sarnia | Plymouth Reg. Win | Sarnia 5 – Plymouth 2 | -1.2%
  • Oshawa @ Kitchener | Oshawa Reg. Win | Kitchener 3 – Oshawa 2 | -0.2%

Plymouth Whalers Playoff Chance

  • Before Games: 4.7%
  • After Games: 2.7%
  • Change: -2.0%