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Division Semifinal previews (1 vs. 4/5)

Atlantic Division Semifinal – Series “A”
A1-Hartford Wolf Pack vs. A5-Portland Pirates

Game 1 – Tue., Apr. 20Portland at Hartford, 7:05 ET
Game 2 – Wed., Apr. 21Portland at Hartford, 7:05 ET
Game 3 – Fri., Apr. 23Hartford at Portland, 7:05 ET
Game 4 – Sun., Apr. 25Hartford at Portland, 4:05 ET
Game 5 – Wed., Apr. 28Portland at Hartford, 7:05 ET (if necessary)
Game 6 – Fri., Apr. 30Hartford at Portland, 7:05 ET (if necessary)
Game 7 – Sun., May 2Portland at Hartford, 4:05 ET (if necessary)


Regular Season Comparison
HartfordPortland
Record44-22-12-232-27-13-8
Points10285
Home24-10-6-019-11-7-3
Road20-12-6-213-16-6-5
Goals for198156
Goals against153160
PP% (rank)12.3 (24)10.7 (28)
PK% (rank)87.5 (7)89.5 (2)


Calder Cup Playoff History
HartfordPortland
Appearances7th9th
Record (games)32-3040-35
Record (series)8-58-7
OT record3-54-7
Calder Cup titles1 (2000)1 (1994)
Losing finalist01 (1996)


2003-04 Regular Season Series
HartfordPortland
Record5-1-2-01-4-2-1
at HFD2-1-1-01-1-1-1
at POR3-0-1-00-3-1-0
Goals189
Power play3/23 (13.0%)1/31 (3.2%)
ScoringWiseman, 3+3=6
Andrews, 2+3=5
Larose, 1+4=5
Podkonicky, 3+1=4
Ciernik, 2+1=3
Forbes, 0+3=3
GoaltendingLaBarbera, 2-0-1, 0.97
Valiquette, 0-1-0, 1.03
Ouellet, 1-2-2, 1.27
Stana, 0-3-0, 3.01

ResultsOct. 11POR 1 at HFD 3
Oct. 17HFD 4 at POR 1
Nov. 7HFD 2 at POR 0
Dec. 5HFD 3 at POR 1
Dec. 14POR 2 at HFD 3 (OT)
Jan. 14POR 1 at HFD 1 (OT)
Jan. 23HFD 2 at POR 2 (OT)
Mar. 20POR 1 at HFD 0


SERIES NOTEBOOK:
Hartford had been unbeaten in 11 meetings with Portland (7-0-4-0) over three years before the Pirates’ 1-0 win on Mar. 20… Portland’s last win in a best-of-seven series came in the 1996 conference finals; Hartford’s was the 2000 Final… The Wolf Pack scored two shorthanded goals against the Pirates this season while allowing just one power play goal… Both teams posted 17 shutouts during the regular season, surpassing the previous league record of 13… Portland is 9-0-1-1 in its last 11 games overall… Hartford’s Jason LaBarbera is 17-2-4 in his last 23 decisions, and 12-1-4 in his last 17 on the road… Alexander Semin leads all AHL scorers with seven postseason points in just two games for the Pirates.

East Division Semifinal – Series “C”
E1-Philadelphia Phantoms vs. E5-Norfolk Admirals

Game 1 – Wed., Apr. 21Norfolk at Philadelphia, 7:05 ET
at Wachovia Center
Game 2 – Fri., Apr. 23Norfolk at Philadelphia, 7:05 ET
at Wachovia Center
Game 3 – Tue., Apr. 27Philadelphia at Norfolk, 7:15 ET
Game 4 – Wed., Apr. 28Philadelphia at Norfolk, 7:15 ET
Game 5 – Fri., Apr. 30Philadelphia at Norfolk, 7:30 ET (if necessary)
Game 6 – Sat., May 1Norfolk at Philadelphia, 7:05 ET (if necessary)
at Wachovia Center
Game 7 – Mon., May 3Norfolk at Philadelphia, 7:05 ET (if necessary)
at Wachovia Center


Regular Season Comparison
PhiladelphiaNorfolk
Record46-25-7-235-36-4-5
Points10179
Home24-11-3-222-15-1-2
Road22-14-4-013-21-3-3
Goals for216172
Goals against168187
PP% (rank)16.2 (7)12.5 (23)
PK% (rank)87.7 (6)88.7 (4)


Calder Cup Playoff History
PhiladelphiaNorfolk
Appearances7th4th
Record (games)39-2712-12
Record (series)9-53-3
OT record7-63-3
Calder Cup titles1 (1998)0
Losing finalist00


2003-04 Regular Season Series
PhiladelphiaNorfolk
Record5-4-1-04-5-1-0
at PHI3-1-1-01-3-1-0
at NOR2-3-0-03-2-0-0
Goals2519
Power play5/61 (8.2%)5/47 (10.6%)
ScoringLaw, 5+2=7
Sharp, 3+4=7
Jones, 3+3=6
Baines, 4+1=5
Germyn, 1+4=5
Cote, 3+1=4
GoaltendingLittle, 3-1-0, 1.26
Niittymaki, 2-3-1, 2.15
Anderson, 3-2-0, 2.02
Leighton, 0-1-0, 3.01

ResultsOct. 12NOR 0 at PHI 3
Oct. 25PHI 1 at NOR 2
Nov. 26NOR 4 at PHI 4 (OT)
Dec. 5NOR 2 at PHI 0
Dec. 6PHI 3 at NOR 2
Dec. 13PHI 3 at NOR 1
Dec. 27PHI 2 at NOR 3
Jan. 18NOR 1 at PHI 4
Mar. 3PHI 2 at NOR 4
Mar. 31NOR 0 at PHI 3


SERIES NOTEBOOK:
Norfolk ousted Binghamton in the qualifying series as Michael Leighton posted back-to-back shutouts… The Admirals haven’t won a road game in a city other than Binghamton since Feb. 21 at Bridgeport, and are 0-4 all-time in playoff games in Pennsylvania (all in Hershey)… Phantoms head coach John Stevens won two Calder Cups as a player, including in 1998 with Philadelphia… Ex-Admiral Peter White, another two-time Calder Cup champion, has recorded 67 points in 80 career AHL playoff games… Norfolk defenseman Johnathan Aitken, who recorded 1+4=5 pts. and a minus-11 rating in the regular season, already has 1+2=3 pts. and a plus-5 in the playoffs.

North Division Semifinal – Series “E”
N1-Hamilton Bulldogs vs. N4-Cleveland Barons

Game 1 – Tue., Apr. 20Cleveland at Hamilton, 7:00 ET
Game 2 – Sun., Apr. 25Cleveland at Hamilton, 4:00 ET
Game 3 – Tue., Apr. 27Hamilton at Cleveland, 7:00 ET
Game 4 – Thu., Apr. 29Hamilton at Cleveland, 7:00 ET
Game 5 – Fri., Apr. 30Cleveland at Hamilton, 7:00 ET (if necessary)
Game 6 – Sun., May 2Hamilton at Cleveland, 4:00 ET (if necessary)
Game 7 – Mon., May 3Cleveland at Hamilton, 7:00 ET (if necessary)


Regular Season Comparison
HamiltonCleveland
Record41-25-10-437-28-8-7
Points9689
Home24-8-5-318-16-2-4
Road17-17-5-119-12-6-3
Goals for235235
Goals against191220
PP% (rank)16.0 (8)16.7 (4)
PK% (rank)86.4 (10)80.2 (28)


Calder Cup Playoff History
HamiltonCleveland
Appearances7th1st
Record (games)49-412-1
Record (series)11-61-0
OT record12-61-0
Calder Cup titles00
Losing finalist2 (1997, 2003)0


2003-04 Regular Season Series
HamiltonCleveland
Record5-4-0-15-4-0-1
at HAM2-2-0-13-1-0-1
at CLE3-2-0-02-3-0-0
Goals2628
Power play10/49 (20.4%)6/43 (14.0%)
ScoringPlekanec, 3+4=7
Beauchemin, 2+5=7
Hossa, 3+3=6
Zalesak, 1+9=10
Rissmiller, 4+4=8
Stafford, 3+4=7
GoaltendingDamphousse, 3-3-0, 2.64
Michaud, 0-2-0, 3.75
Schaefer, 3-1-0, 2.00
Kotyk, 0-2-0, 3.01

ResultsOct. 11HAM 3 at CLE 2
Nov. 1CLE 2 at HAM 3 (OT)
Nov. 2CLE 4 at HAM 2
Dec. 6HAM 4 at CLE 2
Dec. 12CLE 2 at HAM 4
Jan. 9CLE 4 at HAM 3 (OT)
Feb. 27HAM 2 at CLE 5
Mar. 5HAM 3 at CLE 2
Mar. 17HAM 2 at CLE 4
Apr. 3CLE 1 at HAM 0


SERIES NOTEBOOK:
Cleveland rallied from a Game 1 loss to defeat Toronto in the qualifying round, the 10th time in AHL history a team has come back from a 1-0 deficit to win a best-of-three playoff series… Shawn Mather was the hero in Game 2, scoring a double-overtime goal in his third game as a Baron… The Bulldogs were 9-4 at Copps Coliseum during last year’s postseason… Miroslav Zalesak, who finished third in the league in scoring in the regular season, picked up 10 points in the season series against Hamilton… The Bulldogs have won at least one series in each of their six previous postseason appearances.

West Division Semifinal – Series “H”
W1-Milwaukee Admirals vs. W5-Cincinnati Mighty Ducks

Game 1 – Wed., Apr. 21Cincinnati at Milwaukee, 7:00 CT
Game 2 – Fri., Apr. 23Cincinnati at Milwaukee, 7:00 CT
Game 3 – Sat., Apr. 24Milwaukee at Cincinnati, 7:35 ET
Game 4 – Mon., Apr. 26Milwaukee at Cincinnati, 7:35 ET
Game 5 – Wed., Apr. 28Milwaukee at Cincinnati, 7:35 ET (if necessary)
Game 6 – Fri., Apr. 30Cincinnati at Milwaukee, 7:00 CT (if necessary)
Game 7 – Date TBACincinnati at Milwaukee, Time TBA (if necessary)


Regular Season Comparison
MilwaukeeCincinnati
Record46-24-7-329-37-13-1
Points10272
Home23-13-4-017-14-8-1
Road23-11-3-312-23-5-0
Goals for269188
Goals against191211
PP% (rank)15.6 (11)12.1 (26)
PK% (rank)86.3 (11)88.6 (5)


Calder Cup Playoff History
MilwaukeeCincinnati
Appearances2nd4th
Record (games)2-44-8
Record (series)1-11-3
OT record1-00-3
Calder Cup titles00
Losing finalist00


2003-04 Regular Season Series
MilwaukeeCincinnati
Record4-2-2-02-4-2-0
at MIL3-1-0-01-3-0-0
at CIN1-1-2-01-1-2-0
Goals3123
Power play5/40 (12.5%)7/38 (18.4%)
Scoring*Gamache, 3+5=8
Darche, 4+3=7
Classen, 3+4=7
*includes stats w/CHI
Armstrong, 1+6=7
Kunitz, 6+0=6
Aucoin, 2+4=6
GoaltendingFinley, 2-2-2, 2.77
Flaherty, 2-0-0, 2.50
Bryzgalov, 2-1-1, 3.62
Ferhi, 0-2-1, 2.62

ResultsOct. 23CIN 3 at MIL 5
Oct. 24MIL 3 at CIN 3 (OT)
Dec. 14MIL 4 at CIN 6
Jan. 8CIN 3 at MIL 2
Jan. 17MIL 3 at CIN 3 (OT)
Feb. 15MIL 3 at CIN 1
Mar. 6CIN 2 at MIL 7
Apr. 3CIN 2 at MIL 4


SERIES NOTEBOOK:
Cincinnati is fresh off the franchise’s first-ever playoff series win, and has posted back-to-back road victories for the first time since Jan. 8-10… Milwaukee’s league-leading offense potted 269 goals in the regular season, including 14 players in double digits… The Admirals also boasted 15 skaters with a plus/minus rating of plus-10 or better… Mighty Ducks winger Dan Bylsma reached the Stanley Cup Final with Anaheim last season… Milwaukee defensemen Curtis Murphy (2003, 2004) and Brad Tiley (2000) and Cincinnati head coach Brad Shaw (1987) are all former Eddie Shore Award winners.