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Western Conference Semi-Final Preview: #2 Toronto Marlies vs. #3 Grand Rapids Griffins

Marlies and Griffins meet in post-season for the first time since 2006.

Toronto Marlies
May 8, 2013

The Toronto Marlies and Grand Rapids Griffins kick off their best-of-seven second round series with two games in a span of less than 24 hours this weekend.

  • Game 1: Friday, May 10 – 7 p.m. at Ricoh Coliseum
  • Game 2: Saturday, May 11 – 3 p.m. at Ricoh Coliseum 

The last time Toronto and Grand Rapids met was back on December 29, 2012 – a 3-1 Marlies victory – at the Van Andel Arena in Michigan. The Marlies posted a record of 2-0-0-2 against the Griffins this season. Here are some of the key statistics to keep track of throughout the series:


2012-13 Regular season

TORONTO

GRAND RAPIDS

Team Record (points)

43-23-3-7 (96 points)

42-26-4-4 (92 points)

Goals For

237

234

Goals Against

199

205

Powerplay

61-for-373 (16.4%)

60-for-325 (18.5%)

Penalty Kill

265-for-319 (83.1%)

244-for-304 (80.3%)


2013 Post-Season

TORONTO

GRAND RAPIDS

Team Record

3-0

3-2

Goals For

11

15

Goals Against

5

11

Powerplay

4-for-18 (22.2%)

3-for-21 (14.3%)

Penalty Kill

16-for-16 (100%)

13-for-17 (76.5%)


Post-Season Leaders

Toronto

Player

Games Played

Goals

Assists

Points

Greg Scott

3

5

1

6

Jerry D’Amigo

3

1

4

5

Greg McKegg

3

2

2

4


Goaltender

Games Played

Record

GAA

Save %

Drew MacIntyre

3

3-0-0

1.62

0.949


Grand Rapids

Player

Games Played

Goals

Assists

Points

Tomas Tatar

5

3

1

4

Luke Glendening

5

2

2

4

Nathan Paetsch

5

0

4

4

Goaltender

Games Played

Record

GAA

Save %

Petr Mrazek

5

3-2-0

1.83

0.924

 

Rematch of 2006

A lot has changed since the only other post-season meeting between Toronto and Grand Rapids. The Marlies have played in nine other playoff series since falling four games to one against the Griffins back in 2006.


Storylines from 2006

  1. Friday, April 21, 2006 marked the first playoff game in Toronto Marlies franchise history – a 6-5 overtime defeat against the Griffins.
  2. Toronto entered the series as a big underdog against the number one ranked team in the league. Grand Rapids posted a league best 115 points and 323 goals during their 80 regular season games.
  3. Jimmy Howard vs. Jean-Sebastien Aubin was the goaltending matchup to start the series. However, after Jimmy Howard was called up by Detroit before game four, the Griffins turned to 21-year-old backup and current Marlies goaltender Drew MacIntyre.

Storylines for 2013

  1. The Marlies enter the second round fresh off a sweep of the Rochester Americans, while Grand Rapids needed a fifth and deciding game to edge the Houston Aeros.
  2. For the second straight series, Drew MacIntyre faces a familiar opponent. MacIntyre was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings 121st overall in 2001. MacIntyre ranks as Grand Rapids' all-time leader in both goals against average (1.62) and save percentage (0.940) by virtue of his five appearances during the 2006 playoffs.
  3. Marlies assistant coach Derek King has played and coached in Grand Rapids. King recorded more playoff goals (16), assists (25) points (41) and power play goals (7) than any player in Griffins history. In addition, King's 46 playoff games (from 2000-04) rank second all time on the club

 

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