After the Toronto Marlies sweep the 5-game series over the Rochester Americans in the first round of the 2012 AHL playoffs. The Toronto Marlies move on to face a tougher test against the Abbotsford Heat in a 7-game series. As the Marlies will have to overcome two challenges to make advance to the conference finals.
The biggest change the Toronto Marlies will have to face during this series is traveling to British Columbia and back. If this series goes the distance to seven games the Toronto Marlies could end up traveling some 6,000 across the country. It will be quite the change of traveling from driving to Rochester to flying to Abbotsford.
“We’re going about our business the same way with Rochester,” said Eakins. “The only thing I spoke to them about was the fuel they’re putting in their body. I think it’s going to be a way more physical series and there will be a hell of a lot of travel.”
The other challenge the Toronto Marlies will need to contend with is the fact that the Head are currently on a 10-game winning streak. Consisting of the last seven games of the regular season and their 3-game sweep over the Milwaukee Admirals, which is a franchise best.
Though the Marlies will have an edge on special teams, as they were the top penalty kill team at 88.1% in the playoffs.
The series begins Tuesday, May 1st, in Toronto.
Game 1: Abbotsford at Toronto. Tuesday, May 1, 4 p.m. PDT.
Game 2: Abbotsford at Toronto. Thursday, May 3, 4 p.m. PDT.
Game 3: Toronto at Abbotsford. Saturday, May 5, 7 p.m. PDT.
Game 4: Toronto at Abbotsford. Tuesday, May 8, 7 p.m. PDT.
Game 5: Toronto at Abbotsford. Wednesday, May 9, 7 p.m. PDT. *If necessary
Game 6: Abbotsford at Toronto. Saturday, May 12, 12 p.m. PDT. *If necessary
Game 7: Abbotsford at Toronto. Sunday, May 13, 12 p.m. PDT. *If necessary
Source – http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/sports/hockey/ahl/toronto-marlies-face-long-trips-to-abbotsford-in-second-round-of-ahl-playoffs-149530485.html
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