Syracuse Crunch vs. Providence Bruins preview: AHL Eastern Conference final Game 3

The Crunch returns home for three games in a row with the series tied at 1-1.

The bottom line: Syracuse Crunch vs. Providence Bruins, game 3

The Crunch are undefeated on their home ice in two playoff rounds. Neither St. John’s nor Toronto dented Syracuse while playing in the Onondaga County War Memorial. With the tied series with Providence returning to the Crunch’s turf for three games in a row, the Crunch needs to continue their strong play at home.

It seems like the players not only know what they need to do, but also appreciate the fans that come out to support them:

Keeping “the barn” loud has surely presented a challenge for the Crunch’s front office, but so far the community has risen beautifully to the occasion.

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.
  • Wednesday's game will also be broadcast on Sirius XM radio: /
  • Puck drop is at 7:00 ET.
  • AHL Live has special playoff pricing deals for every game of the AHL playoffs, as well as team-specific packages. There’s also a pay-per-view option.
  • Be sure to follow the team on Twitter for updates if you’re away from other options./

Potential lines and pairings for Syracuse:

Starting netminder:

Mike McKenna

Potential lines:

Michael Bournival - Yanni Gourde - Cory Conacher

Adam Erne - Gabriel Dumont - Joel Vermin

Tye McGinn - Matthew Peca - Erik Condra

Daniel Walcott* - Byron Froese - Kevin Lynch

Potential defensive pairings:

Matt Taormina - Dominik Masin

Slater Koekkoek - Ben Thomas

Jake Dotchin - Mathieu Brodeur

*Walcott was hurt during Sunday’s game 2, and is currently listed as “day-to-day.” It’s been indicated that he will be a game day decision.

Potential lines and pairings for Providence:

Potential lines:

Danton Heinen - Jordan Szwarz - Wayne Simpson

Jake DeBrusk - Austin Czarnik - Chris Porter

Colton Hargrove - Colby Cave - Zach Senyshyn

Anton Blidh - Ryan Fitzgerald - Tyler Randell

Potential pairings:

Alex Grant - Tommy Cross

Chris Casto - Matt Grzelcyk

Chris Breen - Linus Arnesson

Starting goalie:

Zane McIntyre