Historic significance aside, back-to-backers with the last-place team in their conference will provide the 67's with a chance to solidify their hold on a playoff spot this weekend.
After standing behind the bench for his 2,000th game tonight against Toronto St. Michael's Majors tonight at the Civic Centre, Brian Kilrea will take his team down the 417 for another kick at Eugene Melnyk's juniors tomorrow afternoon. That Scotiabank Place affair will serve as a home game for St. Mike's and, as a prelude to the Senators-Leafs tilt, the first-ever such Toronto-Ottawa doubleheader.
"We're not exactly the best team in the league, we can't afford to take anybody lightly," 67's captain Derek Joslin said yesterday in discussing the Majors, who have won just 14 of 48 games this season. "We're fighting for a playoff spot like half the teams in our conference."
At 21-23-0-3, the 67's were seventh in the conference heading into last night's action. Kilrea will go with Lukas Fleuler in goal tonight, while Brady Morrison gets the call tomorrow.
Joslin, Logan Couture and Jamie McGinn missed two practices this week while participating in all-star festivities in Saginaw. While Couture had three points and McGinn two in the East's 13-9 win, Joslin owned the game's best plus-minus, at plus-5.
Upon returning to Ottawa, he noted the extra incentive the 67's will have in Kilrea's landmark game.
"As a player, you really want to win it for him," said Joslin. "It's his game. It's his night. There'd be nothing better than to top it off with a win."