Tonight's the night for Admirals hockey. And tonight's the night to see if the boys can go into Toronto and play like they're at home at Scope. The Marlies plan to make this a hostile environment. Of course the Ads are 6 and 1 on the road in the playoffs and 13 of The Twenty-Eight (that's what we're calling it now, by the way; I just decided) were road wins. It's not like winning on the road has been especially difficult for Norfolk.
And, expect Toronto to come out pushing hard, hoping to get the Admirals off their game. Again, it's been tried before, without much success. But, you know, whatever helps you sleep tonight.
According to some reports, Mike Zigomanis returns to play for the Marlies. Scott Jackson skated today but no word yet on the lineup, per Dan Marazza.
No word if he'll play tonight, but Scott Jackson "is" skating this morning. In case you didn't know, he's the heavily-bearded one.— Dan Marrazza (@DanMarrazza) June 7, 2012
My advice to the Ads. Stay focused and stay out of the box.
- Features on Alex Killorn and Dustin Tokarski via lightning.nhl.com
- The AHL's Top 25 Scorers Under 25 | The Hockey Writers :Conacher, Johnson, and Barberio. 'Nuff said.
- Pete's View by Pete Michaud: The Voice of the Admirals talks about this road trip to Toronto.
- Admirals Embark on Final Roadtrip of Season - Tampa Bay Lightning - Features: Dan Marazza gives his take on road trippin.'
Admirals/Marlies Gameday Notebook - Tampa Bay Lightning - News: and Marazza's pre-game report.
The game tonight starts at 7:00pm ET and will be broadcast on internet/radio via 1021thegame.com but will be on national TV, as well. CBS Sports Network (click for channel finder) will air the rest of the games.
Finally, I also hear there's some other tournament of hockey going on somewhere and some team from like New Jersey or something beat someone from Los Angeles (apparently they do play hockey there) and staved off their
humiliation elimination. In case anyone's interested.