Toronto Marlies Set To Open 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs Friday Night In Milwaukee

Toronto Marlies Set To Open 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs Friday Night In Milwaukee

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Toronto Begins Round One with Back-To-Back Road Games in Best-of-Five Series

What You Need To Know About the Marlies

  • North-Division-StandingsDefenceman T.J. Brennan was named the Eddie Shore Award winner for 2013-14 as the AHL’s Top Defenceman
  • The Toronto Marlies close out the regular season ranked 9th in AHL powerplay percentage (19.9%) and 11th in AHL penalty kill percentage (83.2%)
  • Toronto Marlies rank 9th in AHL attendance with an average of 6,013 fans per home game
  • Jerry D’Amigo is the Toronto Marlies franchise leader in playoff points (22)
  • Spencer Abbott finished the season ranked 2nd in the AHL in assists (52)

Last Week:
Toronto_Marlies_Scoring_LeadersThe Toronto Marlies posted a record of 2-1-0-0 in three games this past week.

On Wednesday night, the Toronto Marlies traveled to the state of New York where they defeated the Binghamton Senators, AHL affiliate of the Ottawa Senators, by a score of 5-4 in overtime. T.J. Brennan registered three points, including the overtime winner.

On Friday night, Toronto continued their road trip against the Utica Comets, AHL affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks. The Comets defeated the Marlies 3-2, with Brad Staubitz and Josh Leivo notching goals for Toronto.

In their final game of the regular season Toronto defeated the Rochester Americans, AHL affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres, by a score of 4-3 at Ricoh Coliseum. Sam Carrick notched two goals including the game winner with less than three minutes remaining in regulation.

Marlies-Playoff-ScheduleRound One Preview
The Toronto Marlies begin round one of the Calder Cup Playoffs with a best-of-five series against the Milwaukee Admirals, AHL affiliate of the Nashville Predators, on Friday night. The Marlies were defeated twice by the Admirals earlier this season.

Rookie forward Miikka Salomaki led Milwaukee in scoring during the regular season with 50 points (20 goals, 30 assists). The Admirals had five players collect at least 40 points.

Marek Mazanec started 31 games in net for the Admirals in 2013-14 and posted a record of 18-10-3. Mazanec compiled a 0.914 save percentage and a 2.44 goals against average.

The series will shift back to Ricoh Coliseum next Thursday at 7 p.m. Games four and five, if necessary, will also be played in Toronto.

To purchase tickets for 2014 Toronto Marlies Calder Cup Playoff games please call the team’s ticket line at 416-597-PUCK (7825) or visit Marlies.ca

389 comments
Rick_Vaives_slapshot
Rick_Vaives_slapshot

I could be wrong, but every day that passes tells me that Randy stays. It would be highly unprofessional to leave a coach (even one many don't care for) flapping in the wind. Could be they are waiting to see what shakes out after the playoffs, but I just don't see it.

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

Hey guys,  I found a perfect "sleeper" trade opportunity.


We can get a former 7th overall first round big defensive D man - with a very cheap cap hit.

The guy is 6ft 4, 235 lbs,  Only 32 so a few good years left.  Cap hit last year was only $700k !!!!!!


We got to go after this guy.. Stats are pretty good for a defensive D man-  career -19 only and + 2 playoffs- proven playoff performer...  For comparison Dion is only +3 career and - 19 playoffs

Gotta be all over this..

Come on scouts/mgmt- cant you see it.. gotta ... oh wait..

it is 

Mike Komisarek


ah forgettaboutit

mlclearwater
mlclearwater

Kessel is notorious for having natural ability but not working hard off the ice or in the offseason. I like Kessel and undertand what he means to this team but for our younger kids coming up is he a bad example. Especially considering he is our highest player. It is almost like we want to be a tough gritty team but we have to structure a lot of our play around his tendencies. Just thinking on a keyboard

hometeem
hometeem

spit ballin here but wouldnt a team have to draft 2 nhl worthy players a year to keep up with retiring players

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

Canada vs Switz under 18s tourney Quarterfinals in Finland on TSN at noon today

B_Leaf
B_Leaf

Have we fired Nonis yet?

FrycersGhost
FrycersGhost

@Gilbey93 And there's the rub.  No patience.  Trade away all our picks for mediocre players.

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@Gilbey93

i wish those players would slip by the teams ahead of us too, and that we'd be brilliant enough to see the prize

ingy56
ingy56

@Gilbey93  Way different markets though, those guys can make mistakes without having their pictures on the front page of the Sun with soothers in their mouths. 

B_Leaf
B_Leaf

@ingy56 @B_Leaf  


I have never been so disinterested in the Leafs. Somehow the uninspiring play and stupid off season moves have really got to me this time. I may have to change my first name to Disbee.

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

@hometeem @Mind Bomb Net net you are correct.  Also many quasi- AHL/NHL players fill those voids like Trevor Smith/Smithson/ Joey Crabb/ Boyce/ etc.

prefer to just have solid NHL players

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@Gilbey93

it sure would be nice to hit a homerun one year, but perhaps we could still have a solid core with

JVR, Kessel, Bernier...

2009 - Kadri, Devane

2010 - Granberg, Carrick

2011 - Biggs, Percy, Leivo, Nilsson, Broll, Sparks

2012 - Rielly, Finn, Brown   ... maybe 2012 will turn out to be THAT year you're talking about where past draft picks have matured to levels that suit these guys nicely

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@Gilbey93

it wasn't my intent

i'm just not upset about it as if it's a failure.  it's more that we just haven't gotten lucky or overachieved where others failed.

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@Gilbey93

i'm saying we have to be in position to draft that player and recognize it.

you could list all our "misses" but then we're no worse than 20 other teams in "missing" that player each year.

sometimes a player is very obvious.

like Nikushkin

if Bennett drops to the 8th spot we'd surely take him, right?

Mcost61
Mcost61

@Gilbey93 @Mcost61 @hometeem Fraser was a player Carlyle liked, so much in fact, he let other more talented D guys sit, at least to my recollection.

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

@hometeem @Gilbey93 in 2013:

MacKinnon, Barkov, Seth Jones, Lindholm, Monahan, Nichushkin

all played over 50 games..


Ristolianen could have if not in Buffalo  That is 7 players at 18 that could have played

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@Gilbey93

with the benefit of hindsight they're wrong in how the player turned out, but not in how they assessed his contributions to the team when he played first year after the draft

we had Schenn - who people seemed pleased with in his rookie year

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@Gilbey93

didn't a lot of people question whether or not Pieterangelo came up too soon, after seeing him for a couple years?  similar to Myers now?

every team including the AVS missed RoR the first time through haha

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@Gilbey93

that's possibly only because he spent most of the previous year injured and everyone felt it wise to send him back to prove he could heal.

he turned everyone's head in his first camp just like he did last year.

ingy56
ingy56

@B_Leaf @ingy56  I'm not a basketball fan, but what you described is so obvious to see in comparison to the hockey team. 

B_Leaf
B_Leaf

@ingy56 @B_Leaf  


Raptors are the opposite of the Leafs. Well managed, well coached, 100% effort, team chemistry. What a year they have had so far.

ingy56
ingy56

@B_Leaf @ingy56  I've lost a lot of emotional equity in this team, I can tell you that. There was a caller on TSN radio yesterday who described it very well. He said it affected their entire household and now they are all solidly behind the Raptors now.