Wednesday, April 22, 2009
A Look Around the Other Series
With the Bears taking on Philly for the 5th time in the past 6 games I figure you already have a pretty good idea of who they are and what they bring. So instead of giving you a game preview lets take a look around the AHL at the other series going on.
Wilkes Barre/Scranton @ Bridgeport
If you though Hershey got a raw deal in the scheduling take a look at what happened in this series. The Sound Tigers were the higher seed so they started at home. Except they couldn't use their own building as Sesame Street Live was there. So they opened with their 2 home playoff games being at Nassau Coliseum, home of the NHL's Islanders. Which according to Mapquest is about 1 hr and 20 minutes from Bridgeport.
That doesn't make any sense to me but it is what happened. Oh and more thoughts on their schedule, they started with a 3 in 3 and if it goes 7 will finish with a 4 in 5. Games 1 and 2 were in Long Island where the Penguins won both.
Then the series moved to Wilkes Barre for game 3 on Sunday night and guess what....the Sound Tigers won there. Now get this...the series moves BACK TO BRIDGEPORT (actually in Connecticut too) for game 4 tonight before heading back to Wilkes Barre for 5 and 6 on Friday/Saturday. Game 7 is in Bridgeport on Sunday evening if necessary.
So this series stands 2-1 in favor of the Penguins.
Worcester @ Hartford
This series is set up as a normal 2-2-1-1-1 series and is currently 2-1 in favor of Hartford. The home team has won each game so far. Game number 4 is tonight at 6:35 in Worcester.
Portland @ Providence
Another series that is set up as the standard 2-2-1-1-1 that started in Providence. Portland jumped out early by winning game 1 on the road but since then Providence has won both games to go up 2 games to 1 in the series. Game 4 is Thursday night in Portland.
Toronto @ Manitoba
Manitoba finished the season as the overall #1 seed in the AHL but that success hasn't translated to well to the playoffs. The series is of the 2-3-2 variety due surely to the travel necessary. Currently the series is tied up 2-2 as each team is 1-1 at home. Game 5 is tomorrow night in Toronto.
Grand Rapids @ Hamilton
Here is the first series that the lower seed is winning currently. Another 2-3-2 series which puts Grands Rapids in great shape right now as they lead 2 games to 1 with 2 more at home. Although that might not be best as the road team has won each of the games in the series so far. Game 4 is tonight in Grand Rapids.
Rockford @ Milwaukee
This series is over actually. Milwaukee swept Rockford 4 games to none. And to make it known how dominating they were...Rockford scored 1 goal each game. That is efficient hockey from Milwaukee.
Houston @ Peoria
It looks like all of the Western Conference series went 2-3-2 as this one is scheduled that way as well. So far the series is tied 2-2 with game 5 tonight in Houston. The teams have split the home games to this point with each team going 1-1 at the other teams rink.
Tonight is a big game in Hershey. If the Bears win the series is all but over. If the Phantoms win then they still have a chance.
LET'S GO BEARS!!!