AHL Morning Skate: 5.3.22

Photo: Tessa McAndrews

A3-Providence Bruins vs. A6-Bridgeport Islanders
Game 2 – Wednesday, 7:00 ET, AHLTV
(Bridgeport leads series, 1-0)

Game 1 – Mon., May 2 – Bridgeport 2, PROVIDENCE 1 (OT)
Game 2 – Wed., May 4 – Providence at Bridgeport, 7:00
*Game 3 – Fri., May 6 – Bridgeport at Providence, 7:05
*if necessary… All times Eastern

A4-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins vs. A5-Hershey Bears
Game 1 – Friday, 7:05 ET, AHLTV

Game 1 – Fri., May 6 – Hershey at W-B/Scranton, 7:05
Game 2 – Sun., May 8 – W-B/Scranton at Hershey, 5:00
*Game 3 – Mon., May 9 – Hershey at W-B/Scranton, 7:05
*if necessary… All times Eastern

N4-Belleville Senators vs. N5-Rochester Americans
Game 1 – Wednesday, 7:05 ET, AHLTV

Game 1 – Wed., May 4 – Belleville at Rochester, 7:05
Game 2 – Fri., May 6 – Rochester at Belleville, 7:00
*Game 3 – Sun., May 8 –Rochester at Belleville, 3:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern

N2-Syracuse Crunch vs. N3-Laval Rocket
Game 1 – Friday, 7:00 ET, AHLTV

Game 1 – Fri., May 6 – Laval at Syracuse, 7:00
Game 2 – Sat., May 7 – Laval at Syracuse, 7:00
Game 3 – Thu., May 12 – Syracuse at Laval, 7:00
*Game 4 – Sat., May 14 – Syracuse at Laval, 3:00
*Game 5 – Tue., May 17 – Laval at Syracuse, 7:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern

C4-Rockford IceHogs vs. C5-Texas Stars
Game 1 – Wednesday, 8:00 ET, AHLTV

Game 1 – Wed., May 4 – Texas at Rockford, 8:00
Game 2 – Fri., May 6 – Texas at Rockford, 8:00
*Game 3 – Sat., May 7 – Texas at Rockford, 7:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern

C2-Manitoba Moose vs. C3-Milwaukee Admirals
Game 1 – Friday, 8:00 ET, AHLTV

Game 1 – Fri., May 6 – Manitoba at Milwaukee, 8:00
Game 2 – Sat., May 7 – Manitoba at Milwaukee, 7:00
Game 3 – Wed., May 11 – Milwaukee at Manitoba, 8:00
*Game 4 – Fri., May 13 – Milwaukee at Manitoba, 8:00
*Game 5 – Sun., May 15 – Milwaukee at Manitoba, 3:00
*if necessary... All times Eastern

P2-Ontario Reign vs. P7-San Diego Gulls
Game 1 – Wednesday, 10:00 ET, AHLTV

Game 1 – Wed., May 4 – San Diego at Ontario, 10:00
Game 2 – Thu., May 5 – San Diego at Ontario, 10:00
*Game 3 – Mon., May 9 – San Diego at Ontario, 10:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern

P3-Colorado Eagles vs. P6-Henderson Silver Knights
Game 1 – Wednesday, 9:05 ET, AHLTV

Game 1 – Wed., May 4 – Henderson at Colorado, 9:05
Game 2 – Fri., May 6 – Henderson at Colorado, 9:05
*Game 3 – Sat., May 7 – Henderson at Colorado, 9:05
*if necessary… All times Eastern

P4-Bakersfield Condors vs. P5-Abbotsford Canucks
Game 1 – Tonight, 10:00 ET, AHLTV

Game 1 – Tue., May 3 – Abbotsford at Bakersfield, 10:00
Game 2 – Wed., May 4 – Abbotsford at Bakersfield, 10:00
*Game 3 – Mon., May 9 – Abbotsford at Bakersfield, 10:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern

The Bakersfield Condors host the Abbotsford Canucks in Game 1 of their Pacific Division first round series tonight at Mechanics Bank Arena... The Canucks are capping their inaugural campaign with a trip to the postseason; the Condors won the Pacific Division playoff following the abbreviated 2020-21 season last May... Bakersfield finished 13-5-1-0 in its last 19 games to secure fourth place and home-ice advantage in this series, but three of those five regulation losses came at the hands of Abbotsford... The Canucks took a nine-game winning streak into the final weekend of the regular season, but lost twice at Manitoba by a combined score of 13-1... Second Team AHL All-Star Seth Griffith (30-50-80) led the Condors in scoring in 2021-22, ranking fourth in the league... Stuart Skinner (22-7-5, 2.21, .920) ranked fourth in the AHL in goals-against average and tied for the league lead with five shutouts this season... The Canucks’ Sheldon Rempal (33-36-69) was eighth in points, and Sheldon Dries (35-27-62) finished fourth in the league in goals... Spencer Martin (19-4-2, 2.43, .914) was 10-0-0 with a 1.39 GAA and a .952 save percentage in 10 road starts for Abbotsford this season... The clubs split their eight regular-season meetings, with the Canucks winning three of four in Bakersfield.

Second-year defenseman Isaak Phillips is ready to go for the Rockford IceHogs.

Rockford’s postseason begins Wednesday night when they host the Texas Stars in the teams’ best-of-three first-round series. Phillips, a Chicago Blackhawks fifth-round pick in the 2020 National Hockey League Draft, continued his quick rise this season with Rockford as a 20-year-old.

“I think the playoffs at the pro level is something that a lot of our team hasn’t experienced yet,” Phillips said Monday. “I think it’s going to be great for all of us. It’s kind of eye-opening to see how hard it is, and how hard it will [be] to make the NHL and play at this competitive [level]. In the last half, almost all these games have been like playoff-style games.

“It’s going to be great for our group.”

Phillips appeared in 64 games this season, second only to Nicolas Beaudin among the Rockford defense corps, and generated 25 points (10 goals, 15 assists). He also appeared in four NHL games with Chicago and has emerged as a key part of the organization’s future.

“It’s been so easy the way the coaching staff is here, the environment is here, just to ask questions and to really get something out of every day,” Phillips said of his opportunity to develop with Rockford and to play for interim head coach Anders Sorensen.

“The whole time I’ve been here it’s been about developing. Obviously this is a development league, and if you’re playing good, strong minutes down here, they put trust in me, which is good. We have a really young group here, so I think everybody’s trying to make the NHL and they’re showing up every day ready to work.”

The Atlantic Division champion Charlotte Checkers are still awaiting their division semifinal opponent.

However, they will go into postseason play with a bolstered blue line, thanks to the Seattle Kraken. Defenseman Dennis Cholowski has rejoined the Checkers following the completion of Seattle’s season. Cholowski, 24, appeared in 31 games with the Checkers this season after Seattle claimed him off waivers on Feb. 9. A 2016 first-round pick by the Detroit Red Wings, Cholowski brings six games of Calder Cup Playoff experience with the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Seattle has also sent 2021 second-round pick Ryker Evans to the Checkers following the completion of his season with Regina of the Western Hockey League. The 20-year-old Evans was selected as a WHL East Division Second All-Star Team member after churning out 61 points (14 goals, 47 assists) in 63 games, tying him for sixth among WHL blueliners.

Charlotte is in a dual affiliation with Seattle and the Florida Panthers this season. Seattle had already returned goaltender Joey Daccord and defenseman Cale Fleury to Charlotte while Florida has provided forwards Aleksi Heponiemi and Cole Schwindt along with defenseman Matt Kiersted.

More help has arrived for the Colorado Eagles just in time for the Calder Cup Playoffs.

The Eagles, who open their best-of-three first-round series with the Henderson Silver Knights at home Wednesday, have received 19-year-old forward Oskar Olausson from the Colorado Avalanche. Olausson went to the Avalanche as the 28th overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft and spent this season in the Ontario Hockey League, posting 49 points (26 goals, 23 assists) in 55 games between Oshawa and Barrie.

Following the NHL club’s regular-season finale, goaltender Justus Annunen and defenseman Jacob MacDonald were sent to the Eagles as well.

Los Angeles Kings top prospect Alex Turcotte crossed a major item off his to-do list before the start of the Calder Cup Playoffs.

The 21-year-old forward returned to action for the Ontario Reign’s regular-season finale against the Henderson Silver Knights on Saturday night. Turcotte, taken fifth overall by the Kings in the 2019 NHL Draft, had been out of action injured since Feb. 12. Limited to 27 games with the Reign this season, Turcotte finished with 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) as a second-year pro. He also played his first eight NHL games this season with the Kings.

“I actually felt pretty good,” Turcotte told the Ontario website after Saturday’s game. “I was really excited to play, and [it had] been almost three months since my last game. I thought I felt pretty good and made some good plays. I’m going to use it moving forward, and I think it’s going to help me, confidence-wise.”

Adding Turcotte for a first-round best-of-three series against the San Diego Gulls is a major addition for the AHL’s top offense in the regular season. Ontario churned out a league-best 3.81 goals per game and owned a top-ranked power play (72-for-262) that operated at 27.5 percent, best in AHL history.

Game 1 goes Wednesday night when the Reign welcome San Diego to Toyota Arena.

-- Patrick Williams

In the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs last night, Ville Husso earned a 37-save shutout in his first career postseason start, helping St. Louis to a 4-0 win over Minnesota... Husso, who played 129 games over four seasons in the AHL from 2016 to 2020, is the first goaltender in Blues history to record a shutout in his playoff debut... Jack Campbell, a 2017 AHL All-Star, made 24 saves as Toronto shut out Tampa Bay, 5-0... Trevor Moore, a Calder Cup champion with the Toronto Marlies in 2018, notched a goal and two assists as Los Angeles defeated Edmonton, 4-3... Seth Jarvis and Vincent Trocheck recorded a goal and an assist each and Antti Raanta made 35 saves in Carolina’s 5-1 win over Boston.

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