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Rats make Calder Cup playoffs

Barring a miracle, the Carolina Hurricanes will be out of the Stanley Cup playoffs.  Their American League affiliate, though, will play on this spring.  On Friday night, the Albany River Rats lost 2-1 to the Norfolk Admirals (Tampa Bay Lightning), but they managed to clench a spot in the AHL’s Calder Cup playoffs anyway. 
This is a result of other AHL action, in which the Lowell Devils (New Jersey Devils) lost 5-2 to the Hartford Wolf Pack (New York Rangers).

In all likelihood, the Rats, who missed the playoffs last season, will have home-ice advantage for the first round.  The Rats won the Calder Cup in 1995 as the top affiliate of the New Jersey Devils, and they haven’t won a playoff series since 1998.

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David Lee is a restaurant manager with an unused degree in political science.  He can be found at Carolina Hurricanes games, Scrabble tournaments and indie-rock shows.  Sometimes, all in the same day. 

David has contributed to CBC.ca for their Stanley Cup playoff coverage in 2006 and to the New York Times Slapshot blog for theirs in 2008. Red and Black Hockey was founded in July of 2005.