Whalers Host Oshawa Tonight at 7:05 pm

Dec 08, 2012 - 06:54 EST

TONIGHT - Oshawa (16-11-1-2) at Plymouth (14-8-4-3), 7:05 pm, Compuware Arena.

BROADCAST - 88.1FM WSDP The Park at 6:45 pm.  Video Streaming provided by the Schoolcraft College Sports Network.

Click here for tonight's media package as supplied by the Ontario Hockey League.

THE SERIES SO FAR: Plymouth won the only game played with Oshawa so far this season.

Oct. 21 – PLYMOUTH 4 (Payne 2, Rakell, Hartman) at OSHAWA 2 (Suellentrop, Sabourin).

LAST GAME: Plymouth lost, 3-2 in overtime, to Saginaw last night..  Oshawa lost, 3-2, to Sarnia last Sunday.

NEXT GAME: Plymouth plays in Sault Ste. Marie on Wednesday (6:45 pm, 88.1FM). Oshawa plays in Windsor on Sunday.

ALL-TIME: Plymouth holds a 24-15-4-1-1 edge over Oshawa in the all-time series dating back to 1990.

PLYMOUTH, OSHAWA PLAYOFF HISTORY: The Whalers and Oshawa have never met in the playoffs. 

PALACE MEETING:  In 1995-96, their Whalers played their homes games at the Palace of Auburn Hills and at Oak-Park Compuware Arena.   The Whalers hammered Oshawa, 11-5, on Sept. 30, 1995 in their first-ever game at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

The next season, the Whalers moved to Plymouth and have played at Compuware Arena ever since.

FOUR WHALERS RECEIVE 2013 WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP INVITATIONS: Although Whalers Tom Wilson, Stefan Noesen, Ryan Hartman and Rickard Rakell are teammates in Plymouth, they may be playing against each other during the 2013 World Junior Championships in Ufa, Russia from Dec. 26-Jan. 5.

Wilson (Canada), Noesen and Hartman (United States) will try out for their teams, while Rakell (Sweden) is the only player who has made his country’s team. 

Rakell has played for Sweden for three straight years (2011-13).  The only other Plymouth player in franchise history to play in three straight World Junior Championships is Michal Jordan, who played for the Czech Republic from 2008-10.

Chris Peters of The United States of Hockey Blog profiles Noesen and Hartman for Team USA:

Stefan Noesen – “Strength, speed and a knack for scoring make Noesen a likely top-six wing for Team USA. He has some burliness and some grit which aid his offense and make him tough to play against. With 16 goals in 24 games (through Wednesday), Noesen has had no trouble finishing. He also has enough versatility where he can play with just about anybody and do well. The U.S. typically builds a team with three lines with scoring pop and a defensively stout line. Noesen is behind Miller on the depth chart, but looks good to be a top-six guy with a lot of responsibility.”  

Ryan Hartman - “Hartman’s versatility is one of his biggest strengths. He can be a guy that plays on the wing and creates offense and makes plays, but he also has a physical edge and plays bigger than his 6-foot frame. That versatility gives Hartman a big edge in his hopes of making Team USA. Even when he’s not putting up points, he’s doing something that impacts the game. He has good enough defensive awareness to get involved with a fourth-line role, but that skill still makes him a threat to produce. He might have a little competition with Barber, but even if it’s as a 13th forward, there’s a strong likelihood Hartman makes the final roster.”