The Nashville Predators didn’t make the playoffs. The Milwaukee Admirals are facing elimination in the first round of the AHL playoffs. Then you have the Cincinnati Cyclones who start the second round of the ECHL playoffs on Friday night.
In the first round the Cyclones knocked off the Orlando Solar Bears in six games. The Admirals group of Barry Almeida, Taylor Aronson, Zach Budish, and Josh Shalla combined for 7 points (1 goal, 6 assists). In fact, outside of Mr. Shalla, all had plus ratings from the opening round series: a combined +7 plus/minus.
One thing to take stock of, for Predators and Admirals fans alike, is that Magnus Hellberg is sitting on the bench for this ECHL playoff run. The man in net for the Cyclones has been Rob Madore who played all games so far in the playoffs, won four, has a brilliant 1.82 goals against average, and a 0.938 save percentage. They are going with the hot hand and it is paying off. Yet another downer on the 2013-14 season for Hellberg.
For the Cyclones second round match-up they’ll be playing against the Fort Wayne Komets who ousted the Reading Royals in five games. The Royals finished the regular season with the best record in the Eastern Conference and second best record in the entire ECHL. That makes the chances for the Cyclones to this year’s Kelly Cup all the more possible.
Do you feel our friends in Cincinnati have a shot at winning the Kelly Cup this year? What do you feel about Magnus Hellberg going forward? Was this year for Hellberg a wash?