Red and Black Hockey
by David Lee on 04/02/10 at 11:30 PM ET
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.