Happy Monday, Roundtable. Plenty of goodies to discuss from the previous week of hockey. Let’s dive in.
~ECHL Kelly Cup Playoffs~
The Cincinnati Cyclones are currently tied with the Alaska Aces, 1-1, through the first two-games of the Kelly Cup Finals. The opening three-games are being played in Alaska with the third taking place tonight at 9:15pm CST.
In Game 1, the Cyclones lost 5-3 despite holding 3-1 lead in the second period. They redeemed themselves in Game 2 by winning a tight 2-1 contest that included a saved penalty shot by Cyclones netminder Rod Madore.
With the victory in Game 2 by the Cyclones on the road, regardless of tonight’s outcome, they have a chance to close out the Kelly Cup in Cincinnati. The Kelly Cup Finals format is going 3-3-1 for a seven-game series. Winning one on the road is a plus. If they win tonight – the pressure is on big time for the Aces to push back on the road. Alaska won’t see home ice until Game 7 after the conclusion of tonight. One win for Cinci was good. Two would be even better.
~AHL Calder Cup Playoffs~
The Conference Finals are both heading to Game 6 scenarios with the team that is up controlling home ice from this point forward. We will know our 2014 AHL Calder Cup Final contenders on Wednesday night or sooner.
The St. John’s IceCaps are leading the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 3-2. The IceCaps had a 3-1 series lead and were in shouting distance, in the third period, of finishing the series in five games. Then came the equalizer from the Baby Pens – followed by the game-winner with sixteen-seconds remaining to force a Game 6 in St. John’s. That series resumes on Tuesday. If necessary, Game 7 will be played Wednesday.
Remember when the Toronto Marlies couldn’t lose? The top team in the AHL this season has them on the brink of elimination now. The Texas Stars have a 3-2 series lead and are heading to Texas looking to finish it tonight in Game 6. Should Drew MacIntyre and company hang on for a Game 7 – it will be played on Tuesday.
~Peter Laviolette Introduced to Nashville Fans~
The Nashville Predators new head coach made his first public appearance in his new surroundings at the Music City Sports Festival yesterday. There are plenty of goodies to read up on as well: Josh Cooper at The Tennessean, Jason Zito at On The Forecheck, and Jim Diamond has a real good story up on Rinkside Report regarding Seth Jones first impression on Coach Lavi.
All things sound good from his first appearance. I was really happy with his appointment as head coach. I can’t wait to see where he takes the Predators over the next few years.
~NHL Stanley Cup Finals~
Catch last night’s brilliant Game 7 between the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks? Of course you did, and we now know that the New York Rangers will be joined by the Kings in this year’s Stanley Cup Finals. I’d have loved to see an all Original Six match-up for the cup. That said, I’d like to take the Rangers in six-games. Who do you have winning the Cup?