The Grand Rapids Griffins are headed to the playoffs for the first time since 2009 after clinching their first division title since 2006. The Griffins, the Detroit Red Wings’ AHL affiliate, hold the No. 3 seed in the postseason and will take on the sixth-seeded Houston Aeroes in a best-of-five.
Here’s the schedule for that matchup:
Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 26 – Grand Rapids at Houston, 8:05
Game 2 – Sun., Apr. 28 – Grand Rapids at Houston, 6:05
Game 3 – Wed., May 1 – Houston at Grand Rapids, 7:00
*Game 4 – Fri., May 3 – Houston at Grand Rapids, 7:00
*Game 5 – Sat., May 4 – Houston at Grand Rapids, 7:00
Other matchups in the Western Conference are: No. 1 Texas vs. No. 8 Milwaukee, No. 2 Toronto vs. No. 7 Rochester, and No. 4 Charlotte vs. No. 5 Oklahoma City.
And in the East: No. 1 Providence vs. No. 8 Hershey, No. 2 Springfield vs. No. 7 Manchester, No. 3 Syracuse vs. No. 6 Portland, and No. 4 Binghamton vs. No. 5 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
The Griffins were paced during the regular season by a host of Red Wings prospects — Gustav Nyquist, currently with the NHL club, led the team in scoring with 60 points in 59 games; Tomas Tatar, who also has seen action in Detroit this season, finished with 49 points; Landon Ferraro placed third at 47 points.
Petr Mrazek, another player Wings fans saw for a brief spell during this shortened 2013 season, split time in the net with Thomas McCollum, though it’s Mrazek that should be the No. 1 in the postseason.
The full AHL playoff schedule can be found here.