Another Division was clinched in the NHL as the Vancouver Canucks have finally clinched the Northwest Division with a Colorado Loss to Edmonton last night. This makes the top 3 seeds in the Western Conference will be the San Jose Sharks, Chicago Blackhawks and the Vancouver Canucks this year.
As for the East, Buffalo has clinched the Northeast while Washington has clinched the Southeast. That means we have a great battle brewing for the Atlantic Division Title between the New Jersey Devils between the Pittsburgh Penguins. New Jersey has a 2 points edge with both teams having 3 games left.
In the AHL, the Chicago Wolves took a huge step towards the West Division Top Seed with a grind it out win over the Milwaukee Admirals. Texas was hoping for a loss with a chance to catch them, with just a single point either way will clinch the Division. Overall just 3 spots left as Lowell and Bridgeport are fighting it out for the 4th and final spot in the Atlantic.
While in the East, Hershey and Albany are in but are great fight between the W-B/Scranton Penguins and Norfolk Admirals as they looking fight off Sound Tigers who are the 5th place team in the Atlantic to avoid a possible crossover in the playoffs. Both the North & West Divisions have all 4 teams clinched their spots with the seeding possiblities getting interesting in the North as Rochester, Abbotsford and Manitoba could still be anywhere from the 2nd through 4th place teams.
The USHL & NAHL Playoffs are now underway and I will be showing you what the Southwest Based Players are doing, espeically when they have a huge part to play in the game like a game winning goal or was one of the Stars of the Game.
National Hockey League
Toronto Maple Leafs 1 NY Rangers 5 (0-3, 0-0, 1-2)
Columbus Blue Jackets 3 Detroit Red Wings 4 (2-1, 0-0, 1-3)
St. Louis Blues 5 Chicago Blackhawks 6 (1-4, 1-2, 3-0)
Colorado Avalanche 4 Edmonton Oilers 5 (OT) (3-2, 0-1, 1-1, 0-1)
Nashville Predators 2 Phoenix Coyotes 5 (1-1, 0-1, 1-3)
American Hockey League
Binghamton Senators 2 Adirondack Phantoms 3 (OT) (1-2, 1-0, 0-0, 0-1)
Rochester Americans 3 Grand Rapids Griffins 6 (0-2, 1-2, 2-2)
Worcester Sharks 9 Hartford Wolfpack 2 (3-0, 1-1, 5-1)
Abbotsford Heat 4 Lake Erie Monsters 5 (SO) (1-1, 0-1, 3-2, 0-0, 0-1)
W-B/Scranton Penguins 0 Norfolk Admirals 1 (0-1, 0-0, 0-0)
Milwaukee Admirals 1 Chicago Wolves 2 (1-1, 0-1, 0-0)
AHL Wednesday Wrap Up: http://theahl.com/wed-roundup-norfolk-tightens-race-with-so-p141940
Central Hockey League Playoffs
Look for the Allen Americans VS. Laredo Bucks Game Story
Major Junior Playoffs
Western Hockey League
Saskatoon Blades 5 Brandon Wheat Kings 4 (0-0, 3-3, 2-1)
Brandon Leads Series 2-1
Calgary Hitmen 4 Medicine Hat Tigers 1 (1-1, 1-0, 2-0)
Calgary Leads Series 3-1
Tri-City Americans 3 Kelowna Rockets 2 (1-0, 1-1, 1-1)
Tri-City Leads Series 3-1
Portland Winterhawks 3 Vancouver Giants 2 (1-0, 1-1, 1-1)
Vancouver Leads Series 2-1
Ontario Hockey League
London Knights 7 Kitchener Rangers 8 (OT) (2-2, 1-4, 4-3, 0-1)
Series Tied 2-2
Barrie Colts 5 Brampton Battalion 2 (1-1, 3-0, 1-1)
Barrie Wins Series 4-0, Barrie will either Play the Mississauga St. Micheal's Majors or the Ottawa 67s in the OHL Eastern Conference Final.
Windsor Spitfires 3 Plymouth Whalers 2 (OT) (0-1, 0-1, 2-0, 1-0)
Windsor Lead Series 4-0, the Spitfires will play either the Kitchener Rangers or the London Knights in the OHL Western Conference Final.
OHL Wednesday Wrap Up: www.ontariohockeyleague.com/ohl-playoff-roundup-wednesday-p141941
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Quebec City Ramparts 2 Victoriaville Tigers 4 (1-1, 1-2, 0-1)
Victoriaville Wins Series 4-0, Victoriaville may play the Highest Remaining Seed for the QMJHL Semifinals.
St. John Seadogs 4 Gatineau Olympiques 2 (0-1, 2-1, 2-0)
St. John Wins Series 4-0, St. John will play the Lowest Reamining Seed for the QMJHL Semifinals. Possibly the Victoriaville Tigers if Moncton and Drummondville go on to win their series.
Drummondville Voltigeurs 7 Rimouski Oceanic 2 (1-1, 1-1, 5-0)
Drummondville Leads 3-1
NCAA Frozen Four from Ford Field (Detroit, Michigan)
RIT VS. Wisconsin 4:00 PM
Boston College VS. Miami of Ohio 7:30 PM
The National Semifinal Winners will play each other in the National Championship on Saturday Night.
U.S.A. Junior Playoffs
United States Hockey League
Tri-City Storm 1 Omaha Lancers 7 (0-2, 1-3, 0-2)
Omaha Leads Series 1-0
Southwest Watch: C.J. Ludwig 1 PT (1A, +4, 1 Shot)
Ryan Daugherty 1 PT (1A, +1) 3 Shots, 2 PIM
Fargo Force 5 Sioux Falls Stampede 1 (3-0, 0-0, 2-1)
Fargo Leads Series 1-0
Chase Grant: 1 PT (1A, +2) 4 Shots, 4 PIM
Johnnie Searfoss: 0 PTS, 2 Shots, 0 PIM
Waterloo Blackhawks 1 Green Bay Gamblers 2 (1-1, 0-0, 0-1)
Green Bay Leads Series 1-0
Indiana Ice 0 Cedar Rapids Roughriders 6 (0-3, 0-1, 0-2)
Cedar Rapids Leads Series 1-0
Blake Coleman: 0 PTS, -1 3 Shots, 2 PIM
Jackob Fallon: 0 PTS, -2 2 Shots, 0 PIM
USHL Wednesday Wrap Up: www.ushl.com/news/story.cfm?id=3171
North American Hockey League
Watch for the Texas Tornado VS. St. Louis Bandits Game Story
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