Friday Knight

RYAN PYETTE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:47 AM ET

LONDON KNIGHTS (2-1-0) VS. OWEN SOUND ATTACK (1-3-1)

Tonight, 7:30 p.m. at the John Labatt Centre

THE MATCHUP: The Knights went 4-2 against the Attack last season, including three one-goal victories. Though London historically has its way with Owen Sound at the JLC, the Attack earned a 6-3 road win against the Knights last Nov. 28. Ilderton's Steve Shipley and Marcus Carroll, son of former Knight and Islander and Oiler Bill Carroll, both had short-handed goals. Phil McRae had five goals and eight points against the Attack last year.

WHO TO WATCH: Knights -- F Nazem Kadri. Time to see if there's no letdown from his fine NHL preseason play with the Maple Leafs and if he really has a 100-point OHL season in this, his fourth year of junior; Attack -- F Jason Wilson. He's been banged up since the Bruins camp but all expectations are the former Knight will make his Owen Sound debut against the club he produced 12 goals and 104 penalty minutes for last year. D Michael D'Orazio, who went to the Knights in the deal, will face the team he played with the past three seasons.

FISHIN' FOR HISHON: The Attack expect to be better than last year's eighth-place finish, so if they stick by that belief, F Joey Hishon and G Scott Stajcer won't be going anywhere in trades. "It's early and we're still waiting to hear on (captain) David Kolomatis (the Kings prospect)," said Attack GM Dale DeGray. "If he comes back, you're talking about one of the best D-men in the league."

BLUE-LINE REPORT: He got to the Big Apple quicker than a teenaged Brian Leetch and is the youngest Rangers D-man since Dave Maloney did it 35 years ago. When history like that pops up, it's hard not to think Michael Del Zotto's junior career with the Knights is toast. He'll make his debut tonight in Pittsburgh and Rangers coach John Tortorella already has him on the power play. Del Zotto could be sent back to London but he's not thinking that way. "I've never really been a guy to be nervous," he told Newsday.

BLUE-LINE, AGAIN: And where in the world is Anton Klementyev? The Knights' import pick and solid D signed an entry-level contract with the Islanders this week and is earmarked for the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers to start the year. He managed to get into a preseason fight with Hartford's Dale Weise. Ex-Knight Tony Romano scored both Bridgeport goals in a 4-2 loss and was assisted on each by former Sarnia Sting F Justin DiBenedetto. The Isles could be a team to pay attention to around here, with John Tavares and Rob Schremp on board.

AFTER THE BUZZER: The Knights head to Erie tomorrow to renew their feisty five-game first-round series with the Otters from last spring. It will mark the first time Zac Rinaldo and Andrew Yogan will be on the ice together since Rinaldo knocked out Yogan with a Feb. 13 hit from behind and forced the Otters F to miss the remainder of the 2008-09 season with a concussion. Yogan is back now and has enjoyed a productive start. The Attack, meanwhile, go back to the Bayshore to face revamped Midwest Division rival Kitchener and newest John Carlson D-clone John Moore, a Blue Jackets draft pick.


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