The quest for the Calder Cup begins tonight for the Toronto Marlies as game 1 of their first round match-up versus the Milwaukee Admirals, AHL affiliate of the Nashville Predators, kicks off tonight at the Bradley Center in Wisconsin at 8pm ET on LeafsTV.
The Marlies finished the season with 96 points, good for first in the North Division and third overall in the Western Conference. The Marlies captured their third straight North Division title this season and became only the sixth team in AHL history to do so. T.J. Brennan finished off the season as the team’s scoring leader with 72 points, while Spencer Abbott ranked 2nd in the AHL in assists with 52.
This will be the 12th consecutive playoff appearance for the Milwaukee Admirals, who finished sixth in the Western Conference with 91 points and 3rd in the Midwest Division. Miika Salomaki lead the team in scoring with 50 points over 76 games this season.
The Marlies and Admirals faced one another twice during the regular season, with the Admirals winning both contests, out scoring the Marlies 8-3 in total. Salomaki recorded 4 points against the Marlies over the two games.
Know Thy Enemy
- Todd Crocker previews the series match-up in his latest blog post: Knowing the Admirals.
- The Playoff Primer takes a look at the Marlies season that was and the post-season ahead.
- The Round 1 Infographic takes a look at how the two teams stacked up this past season.
Puck drop is at 8:00 pm ET, catch all of the action on LeafsTV. Don’t forget to follow the official Marlies Twitter account (@TorontoMarlies) and join us for the #MarliesLive live chat. We’ll be looking for the #MarliesLive Tweet of the Night and the winner will take home 4 tickets Game 3 of the series when it returns to Ricoh Coliseum on Thursday, May 1st. There’s just a few rules and regs you need to know about so read them here.