Photo courtesy Graig Abel / Abel Images

Photo courtesy Graig Abel / Abel Images

I feel like a modern day Paul Revere clad in a blue and white jersey running around the city proclaiming “the Playoffs are coming!”

Alas, it’s true. The 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs have finally arrived and the Toronto Marlies are set to kick them off the exact same way they did last year – a first round meeting with Rochester.

Here are six things to keep in mind ahead of today’s game:

  • The last two seasons have seen the Marlies meet the Amerks 23 times (20 regular season, 3 playoffs) and their record looks a little something like this: 19-3-0-1
  • Leading the Marlies active roster with points against Rochester, Mike Zigomanis has a goal and six assists while Paul Ranger (second) has two goals and five points, and 2012 first round hero Jerry D’Amigo (third) has four goals
  • Marlies finished the 2012/13 regular season with 96 points, the exact same amount as the year prior
  • Of the 20 players that dressed for Toronto in last year’s first game of the playoffs, nine are still on the Marlies roster
  • Rochester finished the regular season with only four losses in their final 11 games – two of which came by way of the Marlies
  • Tune into all the action starting at 3pm on Rogers TV and AHL Live… or better yet, go check out playoff hockey in person

As always, catch me on twitter (@chansler) for lineup news and notes ahead of the game.

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2:19pm

EXPECTED MARLIES LINEUP

IN GOAL: #34 Drew MacIntyre

FOWARD LINES
Abbott – Connolly – Zigomanis
D’Amigo – McKegg – Leivo
Ashton – Acton – Scott
Ross – Carrick – Ryan

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Rielly – Holzer
Ranger – Yeo
Marshall – Blacker

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