Calder Cup Finals Preview

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Tonight the Calder Cup Finals start in Syracuse, New York between the Crunch and the Grand Rapids Griffins.

To get here, the Crunch knocked out the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins in the Eastern Conference Finals, whereas the Griffins knocked out the Oklahoma City Barons in a thrilling 7 game series winning the three of the last four games.

There are plenty of future NHL talent in this game, such as Tomas Jurco, and Tomas Tatar who lead the Griffins in points. Whereas lesser known players sOndrej Palat and Tyler Johnson lead the Crunch in points, the only two in the top 20 in AHL scoring for the Crunch.

The Griffins have had the better of the two offenses between the teams, however that is no guarantee for success, the Crunch are riding the hot streak by Cedrick Desjarins who was once part of the Hamilton Bulldogs (MTL), he’s put up amazing numbers posting an 11-1 record,  1.86 Goals Against Average, and a .920 saves percentage. Opposing goalie Petr Mrazek is 11-7 with a 2.18 Goals Against Average and a .921 saves percentage.

Four of the top ten goal leaders are in this series, Tomas Tatar (GR) 11, Tyler Johnson (SYR) 9, Jan Mursak (GR) 8, and Tomas Jurco (GR) 7, so there is plenty of firepower in this series and I expect plenty of scoring even with such good goaltending on display by Desjarins and Mrazek to this point.

Overall in terms of offense I think the Griffins have the edge, with multiple players in the points leaders whereas the Crunch lack representation in those areas. On defense I give the Crunch the edge, I think they’re a more solid defensive team. I think that the teams are pretty equal in goal.

So my prediction is this, it’s going to go six games with the Syracuse Crunch winning it all.

I feel like they’re the better defensive team and the best defense that the Griffins will have to face all postseason. And I believe defensive hockey wins championships so I think this is the Crunch’s series to lose. The Griffins might be able to pull if off if Mrazek can stand on his head, but I don’t see that happening for them.


Posted on June 8, 2013, in All Sports, American Hockey League, Hockey and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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