It’s all about one game.
If you win one you still have to win another. You have to do it 15 times before you’re given the ultimate prize. But neither Toronto nor Grand Rapids have done that yet. Each of them still have to win the next game. And then the one after.
As long as there’s a game to play there remains the ability to win. And as the Marlies head into a game which holds in the balance the remainder of their season, it will be their ability to win which will act as the encouragement in the room and the motivation on the bench.
Heading into game five, here are six things to keep in mind:
- Quietly Carter Ashton has been one of the Marlies strongest forwards in Grand Rapids, with two goals, three points and a plus-two rating
- Scoring continues to be Toronto achilles heel, after outscoring Rochester 11-5 in the first round they’ve produced only nine goals through four games and allowed 18 against versus Grand Rapids
- Shot production has also been stymied, having trailed the Griffins in all four games and produced 20 or less shots twice
- With a victory Saturday, the Marlies bring the series back home where they’ve won three of four playoff games this season
- Historically the Marlies are 5-4 in elimination games
- Tune into all the action starting with a puck drop shortly after 7pm, tune into AHL Live
As has been the custom in the post-season, catch me on twitter (@chansler) for lineup news and notes a bit closer to game time.
EXPECTED MARLIES LINEUP
IN GOAL: #34 Drew MacIntyre
Ashton – Colborne – Scott
Hamilton – McKegg – Zigomanis
D’Amigo – Acton – Abbott
Ross – Ryan – Biggs
Ranger – Yeo
Marshall – Blacker
Rielly – Mottau