Syracuse Crunch vs. Grand Rapids Griffins preview: AHL Calder Cup Final Game 2

After getting into penalty trouble, Crunch now trail in the series 0-1.

The bottom line: Syracuse Crunch vs. Grand Rapids Griffins, game 2

The bottom line is that the Syracuse Crunch lost game 1 doing all of the things they should have learned not to do during the last 3 rounds.

Penalty trouble? Check.

Defense leaving Crunch goalie Mike McKenna out to dry? Check.

Offense drying up for long stretches, pulling the Crunch away from their game and giving the opposing team dangerous chances? Check.

Now, the Crunch face battling back from a 0-1 series deficit, something that, while not impossible, is historically...iffy:

However, all is not lost. The Crunch has been considered the underdogs for a large majority of the playoffs. Had the Crunch allowed history in this league to affect them, they wouldn’t even be in the final round. No team that faced as much adversity as Syracuse has this past season has any business being here. Really, this is nothing new to a team that is used to adjusting on the fly.

There’s also this:

This team is resilient. It has been all season. In fact, I’d say it’s faced way more damaging prospects than a 0-1 series deficit several times over. If Syracuse learns the lessons from what they did to themselves Friday night and applies them Saturday then this series could be a whole different ballgame come Sunday morning.

Pre-game reading, listening, and viewing:

Game night essentials:

  • The pre-game radio broadcast with Dan D’Uva will start at 6:45 EST on ESPN Syracuse. You can stream the game in its entirety for free.
  • If you’re local to the Syracuse area and want to visit Taste of Syracuse and listen to the game, you’re in luck:/
  • You’re also in luck if you’re local to Syracuse and want to go to a watch party:/
  • Puck drop is at 7:00 ET in Grand Rapids.
  • AHL Live has an amazing special deal this round: watch for free!/
  • Full media information can be found here:/

Potential lines and pairings for Syracuse:

Starting netminder:

Mike McKenna

Potential lines:

Michael Bournival - Yanni Gourde - Cory Conacher

Adam Erne - Gabriel Dumont - Erik Condra

Tye McGinn - Matthew Peca - Kevin Lynch

Anthony Cirelli - Byron Froese - Joel Vermin

Potential defensive pairings:

Matt Taormina - Dominik Masin

Slater Koekkoek - Ben Thomas

Jake Dotchin - Mathieu Brodeur

Injury updates/news:

-Daniel Walcott was hurt during round 3’s game 2. He has not played since. He is currently listed as day-to-day.

Potential lines and pairings for Grand Rapids:

Starting netminder:

Jared Coreau

Potential lines:

Tyler Bertuzzi - Tomas Nosek - Martin Frk

Eric Tangradi - Ben Street - Mitch Callahan

Evgeny Svechnikov - Kyle Criscuolo - Matt Lorito

Matthew Ford - Dominic Turgeon - Colin Campbell

Potential defensive pairings:

Brian Lashoff - Robbie Russo

Nathan Paetsch - Joe Hicketts

Dan Renouf - Dylan McIlrath