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Monsters-Griffins Game 7 to Columbus, if necessary

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … If necessary, Game 7 of the American Hockey League’s Central Division Finals between the Lake Erie Monsters and the Grand Rapids Griffins would be played Wednesday, May 18, at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, the league announced today.

The Monsters currently lead the best-of-seven series, three games to two. Game 6 is Monday night in Grand Rapids.

Game 7 had originally been scheduled for Tuesday at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, which is now scheduled to host a Cleveland Cavaliers NBA playoff game that evening.

Game time on Wednesday will be 7:30 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised on Fox Sports Ohio. Fans can visit www.lakeeriemonsters.com for ticket information.

The Monsters are the AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets. The Griffins are the AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings.

Founded in 1936 and now with franchises in 30 cities across North America, the American Hockey League serves as the top development league for the players, coaches, managers, executives and broadcasters of all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 88 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and for the 15th year in a row, more than 6 million fans have attended AHL games in 2015-16.