GRIFFINS VS. MARLIES SERIES PREVIEW
#2 TORONTO MARLIES vs. #3 GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS
Game 1 - Fri., May 10 - GRIFFINS at Marlies - 7 p.m.
The Lowdown: The Midwest Division champion Griffins advanced to the Western Conference Semifinals after dispatching the Houston Aeros in a tightly-contested five-game series. After missing out on their first chance to close out the series at home during Game 4, Grand Rapids finished the series with a dominating 7-0 win at Van Andel Arena. The Marlies will begin the seven-game series with more than a week of rest, having swept their first-round series against Rochester with a 3-2 overtime victory on May 1. The third-seeded Griffins finished with just one less win (42) and four fewer points (92) than the second-seeded Marlies, who captured their second straight North Division title. Toronto advanced to the Calder Cup Finals in 2012 by defeating Rochester, Abbotsford and Oklahoma City, but it was swept by Norfolk in the championship series.