Last night we saw the start of the Quarterfinals for the Major Junior Playoffs as all 4 OHL 2nd Round Matchups got underway as we really start to get an idea of who could possibly contend for the OHL & Memorial Cup Titles. As for the WHL & QMJHL, they will start the 2nd Round Matchups tonight.
The Northern Conference Championship Series is almost set as the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs have ousted the Colorado Eagles. While Rapid City can end the Missouri Mavericks Season tonight with a win. The South is getting tight as the Laredo Bucks have tied the series against Allen, while game 4 of Brahmas VS. Jackalopes is tonight from the NYTEX Sports Center in North Richland Hills.
The AHL saw the Hershey Bears being on the brink of clinching home ice for the AHL Calder Cup Playoffs. But with a win by the Hamilton Bulldogs, that they will have to wait a little bit. The NHL saw the Ottawa Senators clinch a playoff spot and the Washington Capitals clinch Home Ice Advantage in the Eastern Conference and are on the verge of clinching the Presidents Cup and Home Ice Advantage of hosting the Stanley Cup Finals if they reach the Cup Finals.
Also the North American Hockey League Playoffs will get underway tonight as the Tornado will travel to St. Louis as they have a huge task of taking down the 3 time Robertson Cup Champion St. Louis Bandits. Other great matchups include the Alaska Avalanche against the Fairbanks Ice Dogs and the very competitive North Division as the Marquette Rangers will be taking on the Motor City Metal Jackets, while the Traverse City North Stars go up against the Janesville Jets.
This is also the final weekend of the United States Hockey League Season. The drama will be out west as the Sioux City Musketeers and the Tri-City Storm will be fighting it out for the 4th & Final Playoff Spot in the West Division.
National Hockey League
Florida Panthers 1 Boston Bruins 0 (1-0, 0-0, 0-0)
Buffalo Sabres 2 Toronto Maple Leafs 4 (1-1, 1-1, 0-2)
Philadelphia Flyers 4 NY Islanders 6 (0-3, 1-1, 3-2)
Atlanta Thrashers 1 Washington Capitals 2 (0-1, 1-0, 0-1)
The Washington Capitals have clinched Home Ice in the Eastern Conference
Carolina Hurricanes 3 Ottawa Senators 4 (SO) (0-1, 2-0, 1-2, 0-0, 0-1)
With Last Night's Win, the Ottawa Senators have clinched a playoff spot.
Columbus Blue Jackets 2 Detroit Red Wings 3 (1-1, 0-1, 1-1)
St. Louis Blues 2 Nashville Predators 3 (1-0, 1-2, 0-1)
Vancouver Canucks 3 Los Angeles Kings 8 (0-3, 2-2, 1-3)
Teams that can Clinch Playoff Spots tonight:
Vancouver can clinch with at least an OT Appearance against the Anaheim Ducks
Nashville Predators (Off Tonight) If Calgary losses to Colorado tonight.
American Hockey League
Toronto Marlies 2 Hamilton Bulldogs 3 (0-2, 1-0, 1-1)
Toronto VS. Hamilton Game Story:
Lake Erie Monsters 3 Peoria Rivermen 1 (1-0, 2-0, 0-1)
Lake Erie VS. Peoria Game Story:
Tonight's Playoff Clinching Scenarios
Central Hockey League Playoffs
Look for the Texas Brahmas VS. Odessa Jackalopes & Colorado Eagles VS. Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs Game Stories.
Major Junior Playoffs
Western Hockey League
The 2nd Round begins tonight. Here's a look at the Conference Semifinal Series'
#1 Calgary Hitmen VS. #5 Medicine Hat Tigers
#2 Brandon Wheat Kings VS. #3 Saskatoon Blades
#1 Tri-City Americans VS. #6 Kelowna Rockets
#2 Vancouver Giants VS. #5 Portland Winterhawks*
*The Portland VS. Vancouver Series will have Portland have home ice advantage because of the Winterhawks had the better record, despite the Giants winning the B.C. Division.
Ontario Hockey League
Kitchener Rangers 5 London Knights 8 (1-3, 2-2, 2-3)
London Knights Lead Series 1-0
Plymouth Whalers 1 Windsor Spitfires 5 (0-2, 1-1, 0-2)
Windsor Spitfires Lead Series 1-0
Mississauga St. Micheal's Majors 4 Ottawa 67s 1 (1-0, 1-1, 2-0)
Mississauga Lead Series 1-0
Brampton Battalion 3 Barrie Colts 5 (1-2, 1-3, 1-0)
Barrie Leads Series 1-0
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
The QMJHL Quarterfinals begin tonight. Here's a look at the Series'.
#1 St. John Seadogs VS. #8 Gatineau Olympiques
#2 Drummondville Voltigeurs VS. #7 Rimouski Oceanic
#3 Quebec City Ramparts VS. #6 Victoriaville Tigers
#4 Rouyn-Nornda Huskies VS. #5 Moncton Wildcats
U.S.A. Junior Scores
United States Hockey League
No Games on Thursday Night.
Here's a look at the Final Weekend of the USHL Regular Season.
Cedar Rapids Roughriders VS. Youngstown Phantoms 6:15 PM
Waterloo Blackhawks VS. Sioux City Musketeers 7:00 PM
Indiana Ice VS. Green Bay Gamblers 7:05 PM
USNTDP VS. Omaha Lancers 7:05 PM
Lincoln Stars VS. Sioux Falls Stampede 7:05 PM
Des Moines Buccaneers VS. Tri-City Storm 7:05 PM
Fargo Force VS. Chicago Steel 7:30 PM
Cedar Rapids Roughriders VS. Youngstown Phantoms 6:15 PM
Lincoln Stars VS. Sioux City Musketeers 7:00 PM
Fargo Force VS. Green Bay Gamblers 7:05 PM
Des Moines Buccaneers VS. Omaha Lancers 7:05 PM
Sioux Falls Stampede VS. Tri-City Storm 7:05 PM
USNTDP VS. Waterloo Blackhawks 7:05 PM
Indiana Ice VS. Chicago Steel 7:30 PM
Games in Italics will determine the 4th and Final Playoff Spot in the West Division between the Tri-City Storm & the Sioux City Musketeers.
4. Tri-City Storm 27-25-6 60 PTS
5. Sioux City Musketeers 25-24-9 59 PTS
North American Hockey League Playoffs
The Playoffs begin tonight. Here's a look at the 1st Round Matchups.
#1 Bismarck Bobcats VS. #4 Albert Lea Thunder
#2 Owatonna Express VS. #3 Alexandria Blizzard
#1 Marquette Rangers VS. #4 Motor City Metal Jackets
#2 Traverse City North Stars VS. #3 Janesville Jets
#1 Topeka Roadrunners VS. #4 Springfield Jr. Blues
#2 St. Louis Bandits VS. #3 Texas Tornado
#1 Wenatchee Wild VS. #4 Kenai River Brown Bears
#2 Alaska Avalanche VS. #3 Fairbanks Ice Dogs
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