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Series Previews — Division Finals

Atlantic Division Final – Series “I”
A1-Hartford Wolf Pack vs. A3-Worcester IceCats


Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 30Worcester at Hartford, 7:05 ET
Game 2 – Sat., May 1Hartford at Worcester, 7:05 ET
Game 3 – Sun., May 2Hartford at Worcester, 6:05 ET
Game 4 – Wed., May 5Worcester at Hartford, 7:05 ET
Game 5 – Fri., May 7Worcester at Hartford, 7:05 ET (if necessary)
Game 6 – Sat., May 8Worcester at Hartford, 7:05 ET (if necessary)
Game 7 – Thu., May 13Hartford at Worcester, 7:05 ET (if necessary)



Regular Season Comparison
HartfordWorcecster
Record44-22-12-237-27-13-3
Points10290
Home24-10-6-018-14-7-1
Road20-12-6-219-13-6-2
Goals for198207
Goals against153186
PP% (rank)12.3 (24)15.2 (15)
PK% (rank)87.5 (7)88.8 (3)



Calder Cup Playoff History
HartfordWorcester
Appearances7th9th
Record (games)36-3125-31
Record (series)9-54-8
OT record4-55-5
Calder Cup titles1 (2000)0
Losing finalist00



2003-04 Regular Season Series
HartfordWorcester
Record2-5-1-05-1-1-1
at HFD2-2-0-02-1-0-1
at WOR0-3-1-03-0-1-0
Goals1323
Power play0/25 (0.0%)9/41 (22.0%)
ScoringWiseman, 1+3=4
Ulmer, 1+2=3
MacDonald, 1+2=3
Evans, 4+3=7
Sejna, 3+3=6
Pollock, 2+4=6
GoaltendingLaBarbera, 1-2-1, 2.56
Valiquette, 1-1-0, 2.48
Sanford, 4-1-1, 1.31

ResultsNov. 12WOR 4 at HFD 3
Dec. 30HFD 0 at WOR 4
Jan. 28HFD 1 at WOR 4
Feb. 21WOR 0 at HFD 2
Mar. 10WOR 1 at HFD 2 (OT)
Mar. 26HFD 2 at WOR 2 (OT)
Apr. 3WOR 3 at HFD 1
Apr. 7HFD 2 at WOR 5


SERIES NOTEBOOK:
Hartford and Worcester are meeting in the postseason for the third time in seven years, all three times in the second round… The Wolf Pack won the two previous best-of-sevens, 4-3 in 1998 and 4-1 in 2000… The IceCats controlled the 2003-04 season series between the teams, earning 12 of a possible 16 points and going a perfect 25-for-25 on the penalty kill… Hartford’s Jason LaBarbera is 21-3-4 in his last 28 decisions, and 14-1-4 in his last 19 on the road…The IceCats are 17-7-5 in 29 regular-season meetings with the Pack at the Centrum Centre… Worcester defenseman Terry Virtue has won two Calder Cups, including one with Hartford in 2000.

East Division Final – Series “J”
E1-Philadelphia Phantoms vs.
E3-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins



Game 1 – Wed., May 5*Wilkes-Barre at Philadelphia, 7:05 ET
Game 2 – Fri., May 7*Wilkes-Barre at Philadelphia, 7:05 ET
Game 3 – Sat., May 8Philadelphia at Wilkes-Barre, 7:05 ET
Game 4 – Mon., May 10Philadelphia at Wilkes-Barre, 7:05 ET
Game 5 – TBA*Wilkes-Barre at Philadelphia, TBA (if necessary)
Game 6 – Fri., May 14Philadelphia at Wilkes-Barre, 7:05 ET (if necessary)
Game 7 – TBA*Wilkes-Barre at Philadelphia, TBA (if necessary)
*at Wachovia Center



Regular Season Comparison
PhiladelphiaWilkes-Barre
Record46-25-7-234-28-10-8
Points10186
Home24-11-3-219-14-5-2
Road22-14-4-015-14-5-6
Goals for216197
Goals against168197
PP% (rank)16.2 (7)14.8 (17)
PK% (rank)87.7 (6)80.3 (27)



Calder Cup Playoff History
PhiladelphiaWilkes-Barre
Appearances7th3rd
Record (games)43-2920-14
Record (series)10-55-2
OT record8-78-4
Calder Cup titles1 (1998)0
Losing finalist01 (2001)



2003-04 Regular Season Series
PhiladelphiaWilkes-Barre
Record5-5-0-05-4-0-1
at PHI3-2-0-02-2-0-1
at WIL2-3-0-03-2-0-0
Goals2225
Power play11/58 (19.0%)13/58 (22.4%)
ScoringLaw, 2+6=8
Slaney, 4+2=6
Furey, 1+4=5
Murley, 3+7=10
Beech, 3+6=9
Ouellet, 4+4=8
GoaltendingNiittymaki, 2-3-0, 2.35
Little, 3-2-0, 2.18
Chiodo, 3-1-0, 1.65
Caron, 2-0-0, 0.00

ResultsOct. 24PHI 1 at WIL 3
Nov. 22PHI 5 at WIL 4
Nov. 28WIL 2 at PHI 3
Jan. 4WIL 2 at PHI 3
Jan. 17PHI 3 at WIL 4
Feb. 18WIL 2 at PHI 0
Mar. 6PHI 0 at WIL 4
Mar. 16WIL 1 at PHI 0
Mar. 19WIL 2 at PHI 3 (OT)
Apr. 3PHI 4 at WIL 1


SERIES NOTEBOOK:
Philadelphia and Wilkes-Barre meet in the postseason for the second time; the Penguins won a conference semifinal series in 2001… The teams split their 10-game regular-season series, but the Pens were 4-1-0-1 in the last six meetings, including three consecutive shutouts… Antero Niittymaki allowed just nine goals in the Phantoms’ win over Norfolk, a league record for a six-game series… Andy Chiodo stopped 73 of 76 shots to win the final three games of Wilkes-Barre’s series with Bridgeport… The Penguins have played 34 postseason games all-time; 21 have been decided by a single goal, including 12 in overtime.

North Division Final – Series “K”
N1-Hamilton Bulldogs vs. N3-Rochester Americans


Game 1 – Wed., May 5Rochester at Hamilton, 7:00 ET
Game 2 – Thu., May 6Rochester at Hamilton, 7:00 ET
Game 3 – Sat., May 8Hamilton at Rochester, 7:35 ET
Game 4 – Sun., May 9Hamilton at Rochester, 6:05 ET
Game 5 – Tue., May 11Rochester at Hamilton, 7:00 ET (if necessary)
Game 6 – Wed., May 12Hamilton at Rochester, 7:05 ET (if necessary)
Game 7 – Fri., May 14Rochester at Hamilton, 7:00 ET (if necessary)



Regular Season Comparison
HamiltonRochester
Record41-25-10-437-28-10-5
Points9689
Home24-8-5-325-11-3-1
Road17-17-5-112-17-7-4
Goals for235207
Goals against191188
PP% (rank)16.0 (8)18.1 (1)
PK% (rank)86.4 (10)87.2 (8)



Calder Cup Playoff History
HamiltonRochester
Appearances7th38th
Record (games)53-43195-174
Record (series)12-642-31
OT record12-729-35
Calder Cup titles06
(65-66-68-83-87-96)
Losing finalist2
(97-03)
10
(57-60-67-77-84-
90-91-93-99-00)



2003-04 Regular Season Series
HamiltonRochester
Record6-3-1-03-6-1-0
at HAM4-0-1-00-4-1-0
at ROC2-3-0-03-2-0-0
Goals2716
Power play5/40 (12.5%)8/48 (16.7%)
ScoringHiggins, 2+8=10
Plekanec, 4+4=8
Hossa, 4+2=6
Pominville, 4+4=8
Pittis, 2+5=7
Cullen, 1+5=6
GoaltendingDamphousse, 2-1-1, 1.71
Fichaud, 4-2-0, 1.51
Miller, 0-4-1, 3.15
Askey, 3-2-0, 1.81

ResultsOct. 10HAM 1 at ROC 2
Oct. 31HAM 4 at ROC 3
Nov. 15ROC 0 at HAM 2
Nov. 23HAM 1 at ROC 2
Nov. 29ROC 1 at HAM 3
Dec. 19HAM 5 at ROC 0
Dec. 21HAM 0 at ROC 2
Feb. 4ROC 1 at HAM 4
Mar. 13ROC 4 at HAM 4 (OT)
Apr. 4ROC 1 at HAM 3


SERIES NOTEBOOK:
Rochester’s comeback from a 3-1 deficit to beat Syracuse marked the 12th time in AHL history that a team has accomplished that feat, but the third time for the Amerks franchise… Derek Roy, who captained Kitchener to the Memorial Cup in 2003, had seven points in the first round for the Amerks… Rochester was winless in five visits to Copps Coliseum this season… Ryan Miller is 2-8-1 in his career against Hamilton… Rookie Chris Higgins led the Bulldogs with 10 points in the season series with Rochester… The Amerks eliminated the Bulldogs in six games in both 1999 and 2000 on their way to back-to-back Calder Cup Finals… Hamilton is now 7-0 all-time in first-round series, and 3-3 in the second round.

West Division Final – Series “L”
W1-Milwaukee Admirals vs. W3-Chicago Wolves


Game 1 – Wed., May 5Chicago at Milwaukee, 7:00 CT
Game 2 – Thu., May 6 Chicago at Milwaukee, 7:00 CT
Game 3 – Sat., May 8Milwaukee at Chicago, 7:00 CT
Game 4 – Sun., May 9 Milwaukee at Chicago, 7:00 CT
Game 5 – Tue., May 11 Chicago at Milwaukee, 7:00 CT (if necessary)
Game 6 – Wed., May 12 Milwaukee at Chicago, 7:30 CT (if necessary)
Game 7 – Fri., May 14 Chicago at Milwaukee, 7:00 CT (if necessary)



Regular Season Comparison
MilwaukeeChicago
Record46-24-7-342-26-9-3
Points10296
Home23-13-4-026-10-3-1
Road23-11-3-316-16-6-2
Goals for269246
Goals against191208
PP% (rank)15.6 (11)17.9 (2)
PK% (rank)86.3 (11)86.1 (12)



Calder Cup Playoff History
MilwaukeeChicago
Appearances2nd3rd
Record (games)6-724-14
Record (series)2-17-1
OT record2-16-1
Calder Cup titles01 (2001)
Losing finalist00



2003-04 Regular Season Series
MilwaukeeChicago
Record6-4-0-04-6-0-0
at MIL3-2-0-02-3-0-0
at CHI3-2-0-02-3-0-0
Goals2823
Power play8/68 (11.8%)5/48 (10.4%)
ScoringHaydar, 5+6=11
Gamache, 3+4=7
Murphy, 1+5=6
MacKenzie, 5+0=5
Stewart, 2+3=5
Swanson, 0+5=5
GoaltendingFlaherty, 6-3-0, 1.67
Finley, 0-1-0, 4.00
Lehtonen, 3-5-0, 2.47
Cassivi, 1-0-0, 3.04

ResultsDec. 3CHI 1 at MIL 4
Dec. 10MIL 2 at CHI 0
Dec. 19CHI 2 at MIL 7
Dec. 20MIL 3 at CHI 1
Dec. 26MIL 1 at CHI 4
Feb. 14CHI 1 at MIL 2
Feb. 18CHI 3 at MIL 1
Mar. 27MIL 2 at CHI 4
Apr. 9CHI 6 at MIL 3
Apr. 10MIL 3 at CHI 1


SERIES NOTEBOOK:
The West Division final takes place on the shores of Lake Michigan, as Milwaukee meets Chicago for the first time in the AHL postseason… Darren Haydar led the Admirals with 11 points in their win over Cincinnati, including 10 in four games at the Bradley Center… Simon Gamache, who went to Milwaukee from Chicago in a December trade, had 10 points in the first round… The Wolves finished off Grand Rapids in four straight and have been idle since Apr. 23… Kari Lehtonen, the second overall pick in the 2002 NHL draft, stopped 117 of 123 shots in the series with the Griffins… Milwaukee led the AHL in offense during the regular season; Chicago ranked second.