There is a full slate of games tonight for the 2014 AHL Calder Cup Playoffs. For those who aren’t keeping track of what’s what – here is where the playoffs stand right now.
(4) St. John’s IceCaps 3 – (8) Norfolk Admirals 2
(6) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 2 – (7) Providence Bruins 1
(1) Texas Stars 2 – (4) Grand Rapids Griffins 2
(2) Chicago Wolves 0 – (3) Toronto Marlies 3
We saw it first hand, but those Marlies are just clobbering their way through the playoffs. They have yet to take a loss in the playoffs and are on the verge of a clean four-game sweep of the higher-seeded Wolves.
The other scrap out of the Western Conference is proving to be pretty entertaining. I would have thought the Texas Stars were a shoe-in to represent the West in this year’s Calder Cup Finals. Instead, they’re facing a Griffins side that has bounced straight back on home ice to even the series at 2-2.
As for the Eastern Conference, I think it mirrors what the Cincinnati Cyclones have had happen during their ECHL Playoffs. The top seeds are gone and it pits some real tough teams head-to-head.
I do feel we’ll see the Baby Pens face the IceCaps in the Eastern Finals. Still, the Imposter-Admirals fended off elimination with an OT winner in Game 5 and were able to beat the top seeded Manchester Monarchs. To boot, that Bruins team isn’t too far off the Baby Pens in all actuality. They’re able to generate offense and their one win in the series came via a shutout.
One last note: former Milwaukee Admiral Drew MacIntyre has a 1.82 goals against average and a 0.941 save percentage. He has won all 6 games that the Toronto Marlies have played so far in the playoffs.
Who do you think will be in the Conference Finals and Calder Cup Finals? Could the team that thwarted the Milwaukee Admirals be on an undefeated run to the Calder Cup? Can the Griffins upset the Stars?