One day extra.
The pleasure of the American Hockey League’s 82nd common season comes right down to the end line with six video games on the schedule today, and two final items of the puzzle to fall into place.
— AHL Communications (@AHLPR) April 15, 2018
Sunday’s full AHL Playoff Primer is right here, however what stays to shake out is the order of end within the Atlantic Division, in addition to the league’s scoring races.
The North, Central and Pacific Division first-round matchups have been all finalized on a Saturday evening that completed with the San Jose Barracuda wrapping up an unbelievable run to their third consecutive playoff look. San Jose will meet the Tucson Roadrunners within the Pacific Division semifinals, whereas the second-place Texas Stars — Four-Zero-1-2 of their final seven recreation — will battle the third-place Ontario Reign.
In the Central Division, the Chicago Wolves will meet the Rockford IceHogs, whereas the defending Calder Cup champion Grand Rapids Griffins will tackle the Manitoba Moose.
Over within the North Division, the regular-season champion Toronto Marlies draw the Utica Comets, and the Syracuse Crunch will meet the Rochester Americans within the first postseason sequence between these two rivals since 2004.
And within the Atlantic Division, the Charlotte Checkers want some extent in its recreation at Bridgeport this night, or for the Providence Bruins to lose to Springfield, with the intention to safe third place; a Bruins win mixed with a Checkers regulation loss would propel the B’s to 3rd and drop Charlotte to fourth. Awaiting them within the first spherical would be the first-place Lehigh Valley Phantoms and the second-place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
The race for the AHL scoring title comes right down to the wire today. With Chris Terry of the Laval Rocket already within the clubhouse after selecting up his league-leading 71st level on Saturday, Providence’s Austin Czarnik enters today’s Bruins recreation needing three factors to tie and 4 to overhaul Terry for the John B. Sollenberger Trophy.
And Charlotte’s Valentin Zykov has 33 objectives coming into the ultimate day of the season. His closest remaining challengers for the Willie Marshall Award are Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Daniel Sprong, who has 31 objectives getting into this night’s recreation at Hershey, and Binghamton’s Nick Lappin, whose 30 objectives are three again because the Devils go to Utica.
Full playoff schedules will probably be introduced no later than on the conclusion of play tonight. The first spherical of the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs will probably be a best-of-5 sequence, in both a 2-2-1 or a 2-Three format and pending constructing availability. (If 2-Three, the upper seed has the choice of enjoying the primary two or the final three video games at house). Stay tuned to theahl.com and observe us on Facebook and Twitter for the most recent updates all day lengthy.
Don’t get ignored — Catch all of today’s climactic motion on AHL Live, with protection starting with the primary puck drop at Three p.m. ET.