SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League today announced the schedule for the Central Division Finals of the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs.
The series will pit the Lake Erie Monsters, top development affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets, against the Grand Rapids Griffins, top affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings.
Central Division Finals – Series "K" (best-of-7)
C2-Lake Erie Monsters vs. C4-Grand Rapids Griffins
Game 1 – Thu., May 5 – Grand Rapids at Lake Erie, 7:00
Game 2 – Sat., May 7 – Grand Rapids at Lake Erie, 12:00
Game 3 – Sun., May 8 – Lake Erie at Grand Rapids, 4:00
Game 4 – Tue., May 10 – Lake Erie at Grand Rapids, 7:00
*Game 5 – Sat., May 14 – Grand Rapids at Lake Erie, 7:00
*Game 6 – Mon., May 16 – Lake Erie at Grand Rapids, 7:00
*Game 7 – Tue., May 17 – Grand Rapids at Lake Erie, 7:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern
Both Lake Erie (vs. Rockford) and Grand Rapids (vs. Milwaukee) earned three-game sweeps of their respective division semifinals.
In operation since 1936 and celebrating its 80th season this year, the American Hockey League continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. Nearly 90 percent of all players competing in the NHL are AHL graduates, and through the years the American Hockey League has been home to more than 100 honored members of the Hockey Hall of Fame.