2013 AHL Playoffs: Grand Rapids Griffins Draw Houston Aeros in Round 1

The are headed to the playoffs for the first time since 2009 after clinching their first division title since 2006. The Griffins, the ’ 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.

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