With none of the major league playoffs all off last night, plus the start of the Memorial Cup Tonight. It means two things, first is that the season is almost over. Also we are starting to get ready for the Conference Finals in both the NHL & AHL plus the start of the Memorial Cup as the Brandon Wheat Kings will take on the Windsor Spitfires tonight from the Westman Place in Brandon, Manitoba.
This kicks off the Round Robin part of the tournament that will go to May 19 (only 1 Game per day in this Event). Then on Saturday will be the tournament debut of the two other teams as the Calgary Hitmen will play the Moncton Wildcats on Saturday Afternoon.
Also in the NHL, it's the final game of the 2nd Round as the Flyers will look to make some history as only the 3rd team in NHL History to comeback from a 3-0 series deficit as the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs and the 1975 NY Islanders are the only other NHL Teams to do so. The winner of this game will host the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday Night. Regardless of the Matchup, it's officially going to be an underdog Conference Final as it's going to be a 6th or 7th seed against the 8th seeded Montreal Canadiens.
The AHL will start their Western Conference Finals tonight in Hamilton, Ontario as the Hamilton Bulldogs take on the expansion Texas Stars in Game 1 tonight. Texas is the first expansion team since the 2003 Binghamton Senators to make the Conference Finals in their first year. If they were to win this series and make the Calder Cup Final against either the Hershey Bears or the Manchester Monarchs for the Calder Cup Championship this season.
Then Windsor taking on Brandon in the opening day of the Memorial Cup as it should be a battle of top 6 forwards. For the Spitfires, you know the names of Taylor Hall and Cam Fowler. However, another name that could be interesting to see is Adam Henrique who scored 20 goals in the post season, Scott Timmins (11 Goals), plus Dale Mitchell & Zach Kassian with 7 goals each in the playoffs will be others to watch as well.
Brandon may have one of the top forward groups in the entire major juniors (WHL, OHL, QMJHL). A great combo of size, speed and scoring ability will make them very dangerous. Especially when players like Matt Calvert, Scott Glennie and Brayden Schenn are on the ice.
Every game gets bigger and better as we get all the way to the Stanley Cup in Mid June as the season as hockey fans are getting close to the end of the season.
NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs
Conf. SF Game 7: Philadelphia Flyers VS. Boston Bruins 6:00 PM on Versus
Series Tied 3-3, the winner will host the Montreal Canadians in the Conference Finals.
Stories on tonight's Game.
BOS VS. PHI Ready set for Game 7: www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=529072
PHI Looks to Make History: www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=529083
Who has the Edge? www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=529141
AHL Calder Cup Playoffs
Conf. Finals Game 1: Texas Stars VS. Hamilton Bulldogs 6:30 PM CT/7:30 PM ET
Stories on tonight's Game.
Bulldogs, Stars ready for West Final: http://theahl.com/bulldogs-stars-ready-for-west-finals-p142640
Look for the Texas Stars VS. Hamilton Bulldogs Preview.
Bulldogs Palushaj productive: http://theahl.com/bulldogs-palushaj-productive-clairvoyant-p142650
2010 Memorial Cup
4/15, RR Game 1: Windsor Spitfires VS. Brandon Wheat Kings 7:00 PM
4/16, RR Game 2: Calgary Hitmen VS. Moncton Wildcats 2:00 PM
Stories from this Tournament
Brandon to wear Special Jerseys for opener: www.mastercardmemorialcup.com/news.php?id=1475&y=2010
Brandon ready to defend the Home Ice: www.mastercardmemorialcup.com/news.php?id=1480&y=2010
Rogers Sportsnet to have Internet Broadcast of Games: www.mastercardmemorialcup.com/news.php?id=1479&y=2010
Memorial Cup Notebook: www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/juniors/2010/05/14/king_memorial_notebook/
Brandon Preview: www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/juniors/2010/05/11/memorial_cup_preview_brandon/
Calgary Preview: www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/juniors/2010/05/11/memorial_cup_preview_calgary
Windsor Preview: www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/juniors/2010/05/11/memorial_cup_preview_windsor
Moncton Preview: www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/juniors/2010/05/11/memorial_cup_preview_moncton
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