Facts that probably amuse only me

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Imagine that the AHL hadn’t realigned radically; say it had only swapped Charlotte to the Rumored Conference (put it wherever you’d like) and moved St. John’s to the Atlantic.

ATLANTIC Pts
St. John’s 86
Bridgeport 77
Connecticut 77
Manchester 73
Portland 70
Providence 69
Springfield 68
Worcester 67
   
EAST Pts
x-Norfolk 99
Hershey 86
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton  85 
Syracuse 73
Adirondack 70
Albany 69
Binghamton 59

So your projected playoff pairings at the moment under that system: St. John’s-Manchester; Bridgeport-Connecticut; Norfolk-Syracuse; Hershey-WBS.

By the way, the current projected playoff pairings in real life: (2) St. John’s-(7) Manchester; (3) Bridgeport-(6) Connecticut; (1) Norfolk-(8) Syracuse; (4) Hershey-(5) WBS.

(I’m breaking that 7/8 tie with regulation/OT wins rather than points percentage; the latter is the way the computer breaks it on the league’s site tonight. I lean toward doing that anyway for any purposes other than waivers order, but given the fun I’m trying to have here, it was a no-brainer.)

Norfolk has won 21 in a row (sick) and 15 in a row in regulation, one shy of the AHL non-shootout-era record and two shy of the old AHL record, period (sicker).

Syracuse continues to stalk, four points behind Bridgeport and the Whale after a shootout win Wednesday. Manchester stayed four back, knocked off by Peter Mannino and the Pirates (who’ll be in Saturday).

Jeff Smith is not among the projected referees for the weekend. I’m getting antsy.

Learned on Wednesday that both Blondie’s “The Tide Is High” and the Cadets’ “Stranded in the Jungle” were remakes. Running into the Paragons’ version of the former on the radio was jaw-dropping fun*.

And RIP, Earl Scruggs.

*-It was especially fun because, although I’ve realized while singing along in the car at absurd volumes that the “girl/turn” rhyme in the middle works better with the genders flipped, it never happened to dawn on me that such a version might, you know, exist.

Michael Fornabaio

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4 Responses

  1. Mario says:

    Michael, looks like Ullstrom is back, one more to go with Casey.

  2. Mario says:

    Michael, looks like Ullstrom is back, one more to go with Casey.

  3. Jamie says:

    I have a bone to pick with the Islanders. I am a die hard Islander and Sound Tiger fan, but what they are doing to our roster right now doesn’t make sense. The Isles have 6 games left and they just signed John Grahame to back up Montoya. I like this move for the Tigers as it allows Poulin to play with them as they push for the playoffs. What I don’t like is that they haven’t re-assigned Cizikas or Ullstrom. If those guys are only going to 8-10 minutes a night for the Isles, give them back and let Nino play those minutes. He’s not eligible to play for the Tigers yet. This way Cizikas and/or Ullstrom get their AHL legs back playing the 18-20 minutes a game and get their rhythm back with their linemates to push for the playoffs. It makes no sense to keep them for the last 6 games. It’s not like they’re evaluating their play at this point. I’ve seen this in the past with the Islanders at the end of these meaningless seasons and with the Kings and Rangers doing it to the Nighthawks years ago. Have some heart for the fans of the teams in your organization that are actually going to play in the post season and put the teams in a better position to win. It only helps their experience in the long run!

  4. Jamie says:

    I have a bone to pick with the Islanders. I am a die hard Islander and Sound Tiger fan, but what they are doing to our roster right now doesn’t make sense. The Isles have 6 games left and they just signed John Grahame to back up Montoya. I like this move for the Tigers as it allows Poulin to play with them as they push for the playoffs. What I don’t like is that they haven’t re-assigned Cizikas or Ullstrom. If those guys are only going to 8-10 minutes a night for the Isles, give them back and let Nino play those minutes. He’s not eligible to play for the Tigers yet. This way Cizikas and/or Ullstrom get their AHL legs back playing the 18-20 minutes a game and get their rhythm back with their linemates to push for the playoffs. It makes no sense to keep them for the last 6 games. It’s not like they’re evaluating their play at this point. I’ve seen this in the past with the Islanders at the end of these meaningless seasons and with the Kings and Rangers doing it to the Nighthawks years ago. Have some heart for the fans of the teams in your organization that are actually going to play in the post season and put the teams in a better position to win. It only helps their experience in the long run!