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What to know as Amerks start AHL playoff series

SYRACUSE – The Syracuse Crunch won more playoff series last year than the Rochester Americans have won since 2005.

All that matters to the Amerks is this year.

Rochester and Syracuse begin their best-of-five series at 7 p.m. Friday in Oncenter War Memorial Arena. The Crunch, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning, won three series to advance to the Calder Cup final last season. The Amerks missed the previous three postseasons and haven't gotten out of the first round since 2005.

Here's what to know:

 

Schedule

Game One – 7 p.m. Friday in Syracuse
Game Two – 7 p.m. Saturday in Syracuse
Game Three – 7 p.m. Wednesday in Rochester
Game Four* – 7 p.m. next Friday in Rochester
Game Five* – 7 p.m. April 28 in Syracuse.
*-if necessary

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Records

Rochester – 37-22-17, 91 points, third place in North Division
Syracuse – 46-22-8, 100 points, second place in North Division

Home

Rochester – 18-14-6
Syracuse – 24-11-3

Road

Rochester – 19-8-11
Syracuse – 22-11-5

Head to head

Rochester – 4-5-1, 25 goals
Syracuse – 6-2-2, 29 goals

Goals per game

Rochester – 3.08 (tied for 11th)
Syracuse – 3.08 (tied for 11th)

Goals against per game

Rochester – 2.91 (15th)
Syracuse – 2.49 (3rd)

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Coaches

Rochester – Chris Taylor, first season
Syracuse – Benoit Groulx, second season

Leading scorers (Goals-Assists-Points)

Rochester – Defenseman Zach Redmond 15-32-47
Center Colin Blackwell 17-28-45
Left wing C.J. Smith 17-27-44

Syracuse – Forward Mathieu Joseph 15-38-53
Forward Carter Verhaeghe 17-31-48
Forward Matthew Peca 13-33-46

Starting goaltender (Wins-Losses-Overtime Losses-Save Percentage)

Rochester – Linus Ullmark 21-12-4, .922
Syracuse – Edward Pasquale 10-1-2, .938

Miscellaneous

Rochester – Led the AHL with eight wins when trailing after two periods
Syracuse – Went 11-1 at home during the 2017 playoffs

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