A seven-year playoff drought is hours away from ending for the Erie Otters and their fans.

Game 1 of the Otters' best-of-seven set with the Kitchener Rangers is set for Friday at 7 p.m. on the road.

Games 3 and 4 in that series will be in Erie next Tuesday and Thursday.

If it goes to a game six, it will be played at Erie Insurance Arena on the night of the eclipse.