Toronto Marlies vs Chicago Wolves: Western Conference semi finals preview

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TORONTO – Bags are unpacked, skates are sharpened and jerseys have been hung.  Tonight, the Toronto Marlies open their 7 game 2nd round series against the Chicago Wolves (AHL affiliate of the St. Louis Blues).  Much like the Milwaukee Admirals were in round 1, the Wolves will be another challenge for a very dynamic Marlies squad.

 

TORONTO NOTES:

  • Powerplay: Spencer Abbott and Peter Holland are back and are both fully healthy.  At the team’s practice on Thursday, they joined Carter Ashton to re-form the team’s top line.  Abbott finished the season with 69 points in 64 games and was a key component of the Marlies powerplay all season long.  Toronto managed without him in round #1 but the powerplay took a hit, going 3/19.  While Steve Spott wasn’t necessarily disappointed with the success rate, he’s hoping that having Abbott back on the top unit will improve their odds.
  • Goaltending: Drew MacIntyre has been stellar (what else is new right?) and he doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of slowing down.  Toronto and Chicago faced each other twice this year, and Garret Sparks, the native of Illinois, started both games going 1-1.  The Marlies defence has been very strong this season but like any team, have their moments of weakness.  Toronto should keep in mind that the long lay-off could have created some rust for MacIntyre but I’d be surprised if his strong play stooped.
  • Gameplay: On Thursday, Steve Spott stressed the fact that his team can not get into a track-meet type of game.  The Marlies do have speed but are a very strategic team.  If Toronto want’s to win this series, avoiding a track-meet will be difficult but attainable.  The Marlies aren’t the type of team to win the track-meet type battles.  Keep to their game plan and they’ll do well.

Players to watch:

  • Sam Carrick: Carrick has been on a roll since the final few games of the regular season.  After battling a few injuries this season, the versatile forward was dominant in round 1 and doesn’t appear to be slowing down. Carrick tallied three goals over three games in Round 1 against the Admirals and leads the team in goals scored.  He’s also 2nd on the team in SOG with 11
  • Spencer Abbott: Abbott has been itching to get back into the game and doesn’t appear that he’s missed a beat since being cleared for contact earlier this week.  It may take him a few shifts to get his stride back but rest assured he’ll be the dominant forward we saw all season long once he gets going.
  • Peter HollandWhen Holland is on, there’s very few team’s that can slow him down.  The NHL caliber forward is also playing his 1st game of the post-season tonight and look for him to use his skill level as a big advantage over the Wolves defensive core.

 

CHICAGO WOLVES:

  • Split the season series with the Marlies 1-1.
  • Chicago finished first in the Mid-West division and second overall in the Western Conference. Chicago and Rochester went the distance in round 1. The series was decided in Game 5 where the Americans fell 4-2.
  • Goaltending has been a large part of their success and that’s thanks to Jake Allen.  The AHL All-Star finished first in wins in the AHL with 33 but has been on a bit of a cold streak lately.
  • Former Marlie, Keith Aucoin plays for Chicago.
  • Another former Marlie, Christian Hanson is a member of the Wolves.
  • Dimitri Jaskin leads the league the AHL in points entering Friday’s contest, 7 points in 5 games.
  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Lets go Marlies !!!!!!!

  • Leafs_17

    Canada you lost to France! really?

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Leafs_17  Its so awesome.

  • Burtonboy

    Yep Lets keep developing these Marlies so we can trade them away like we are about to do with Kadri and Gardiner . Fuck you Dreger

  • mike_84

    Burtonboy  at least he didn’t mention moving rielly

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Burtonboy  I wont be hating Dreger if those assholes in management actually go thru with it.

  • Burtonboy

    mike_84 Burtonboy  Fuck it might as well trade him too.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Teeing up this week’s Game Of Thrones with my chinki chicken.
    TGIF MLHS!!

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Is tonight’s Marlies game on TV??

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan  Atta boy !!

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan  Yes, Leafs tv.

  • Leafs_17

    TheCanucksnaphook Leafs_17  Reimer still letting out those big rebounds too I see

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Burtonboy  
    Dreger says we are trading Kadri and Gards??
    I don’t see it happening, to be honest.  I think Dreger is talking out of his ass (again).

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    TheCanucksnaphook Bon Scott was a Leaf fan  
    Awesome!!  Thx Phook!!

  • Jmessih

    Hope people do not bitch about RC on this thread, fuck we have a bunch of pussies on this site.

  • mike_84

    TheCanucksnaphook Bon Scott was a Leaf fan  game starts at 830?

  • Leafs_17

    Jmessih  ya wasn’t happy about keeping him around but dam

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Jmessih  Pussies eh. As in people who disagree with the team’s decisions are “pussies?”

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Alec Brownscombe Jmessih  You are the leader of us pussies.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    mike_84 TheCanucksnaphook Bon Scott was a Leaf fan  That I do not know about.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Leafs_17 TheCanucksnaphook  Some things never change?

  • Mitch_S2

    Burtonboy Alot of teams trade away their young players? LA wasn’t the powerhouse they are now when they moved Schenn and Simmonds

  • Jmessih

    Alec Brownscombe Jmessih Nothing wrong with disagreeing. I disagree with the decision as well. But I’m stick of people moaning and crying about it over and over again. Decision made, move on.

  • mikeshaver

    Jmessih  carlyle sucks

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Burtonboy  Who else do you trade? I personally do my best to move Lupul and Dion (and I have the jersey)

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Jmessih Alec Brownscombe  Well you get over decisions that affect the foreseeable future of the franchise rather quickly, don’t you, tough guy.

  • mikeshaver

    TheCanucksnaphook Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Burtonboy  after all the talk about selling high and buying low, do you really think moving phaneuf and lupul is such a good idea?

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Alec Brownscombe Jmessih  Great now you have angered our 140 pound ball of fury!!

  • Burtonboy

    Mitch_S2 Burtonboy  Hmmmmm same yr they won the cup right

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    mikeshaver TheCanucksnaphook Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Burtonboy  I think Lupul is about as high of value as he is going to get.

  • mikeshaver

    TheCanucksnaphook mikeshaver Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Burtonboy  i see your point, i’d just hate to see him go somehwere and then rack up 30 with new linemates and not get injured

  • Jmessih

    Alec Brownscombe Jmessih The sarcasm is hilarious btw. No we all know that this “extension” doesn’t mean shit. RC could be fired within 3-5 games next season. We will need to wait and see, but for people to say the same-thing over, and over its just rather annoying. This will still be a results based issue for RC if the wins don’t start coming he will be gone.

  • wendelsway1

    GO MARLIES GO!!!

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    wendelsway1  You got that right !!

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Jmessih Alec Brownscombe  I personally wouldve just preferred a clean slate starting the season. Carlyle is a good coach with the right players….we dont have those players.  His systems are archaic.

  • Leafs_17

    TheCanucksnaphook Leafs_17  ya pretty much

  • Burtonboy

    wendelsway1  Fuck the Marlies . Farm club for the rest of the league,not the leafs

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Burtonboy wendelsway1  ha.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Luke you dick…..

    https://vine.co/v/MgKj96WabEZ

  • Jmessih

    TheCanucksnaphook Jmessih Alec Brownscombe I agree 100%, clean slate is what I would have preferred, and what I felt would have been the right decision. Having said that I’m not going to post “RC sucks” over and over again.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    RC Sucks.

  • skippysleafs

    someone throw me a link for the game

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Burtonboy wendelsway1  
    BB…you keep this up and you’re gonna need an attitude adjustment.

  • Jmessih

    Anyone have the Marlies lines?

  • skippysleafs

    there does that look right?, throw me a link plz

  • loomx

    Jmessih  RC sucks.

  • loomx

    Jmessih TheCanucksnaphook Alec Brownscombe  RC sucks.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Burtonboy wendelsway1  which comes in teh form of a vape sesh.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    skippysleafs  there is no link yet I dont believe

  • Jmessih

    loomx Jmessih Most recent I could find. https://twitter.com/ANight92 · https://twitter.com/ANight92/status/464053298241490944
    Ashton – Holland – Abbott
    Leivo – McKegg – Carrick  
    D’Amigo – Smith – Kozun Broll/Devane – Smithson are the practice lines this AM