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Calder Cup Playoff Preview: Rochester Amerks vs Syracuse Crunch

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The Sabres minor league affiliate Rochester Amerks, draw the Syracuse Crunch in the first round of the playoffs

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The Rochester Americans wrapped up their season over the weekend with a 4-2 win over the Syracuse Crunch. Now, the two clubs will take a few days off and get together again to begin their Calder Cup Playoff series on Friday night.

The Crunch is the second seed in the North Division and has home ice advantage to start the best of five series as the Amerks are the third seed in the division.

Here is a quick tale of the tape of the upcoming series:

SYRACUSE CRUNCH (TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING) VS ROCHESTER AMERICANS (BUFFALO SABRES)

  • Full Season Record: Crunch - 46-22-3-5 (100 PTS) | Amerks - 37-22-11-6 (91 PTS)
  • Season Series: 6-4 Syracuse
  • Amerks Home Record vs Crunch: 2-3
  • Crunch Home Record vs Amerks: 3-2
  • Power Play: Crunch - 24th (15.7%) | Amerks - 12th (18.3%)
  • Penalty Kill: Crunch - 3rd (84.8%) | Amerks - 5th (84.1%)

KEY PLAYERS

Crunch:

  • Mathieu Joseph (RW) - 70 GP | 15 G | 38 A | 53 PTS
  • Carter Verhaeghe (C) - 58 GP | 17 G | 31 A | 48 PTS
  • Matthew Peca (C) - 63 GP | 13 G | 33 A | 46 PTS
  • Alexander Volkov (LW) - 75 GP | 23 G | 22 A | 45 PTS

Amerks:

  • Zach Redmond (D) - 66 GP | 15 G | 32 A | 47 PTS
  • Colin Blackwell (C) - 61 GP | 17 G | 28 A | 45 PTS
  • Seth Griffith (RW) - 46 GP | 15 G | 26 A | 41 PTS
  • Linus Ullmark (G) - 44 GP | 2.44 GAA | .922 SV%

SCHEDULE

GAME 1 - Amerks @ Crunch - 4/20 | 7:00 PM

GAME 2 - Amerks @ Crunch - 4/21 | 7:00 PM

GAME 3 - Crunch @ Amerks - 4/25 | 7:05 PM

GAME 4 - Crunch @ Amerks - 4/27 | 7:05 PM (if necessary)

GAME 5 - Amerks @ Crunch - 4/28 | 7:00 PM (if necessary)