Tag Archives: playoffs

68 down, 4 to go

It’s the final week of the regular season and not much has been decided in the US Division ahead of the playoffs. A quick look at what the last few games hold and what they mean for the playoffs starting next week. (more…)

WHL playoff format

This season, the WHL will switch to a more division-based playoff format, similar to the one used by the NHL. We’ll take a closer look at how this playoff format works and what it means for potential matchups for the Thunderbirds. (more…)

Understanding the new WHL playoff format

If you listened to this year’s first edition of the US Division podcast with Scott Sepich, you heard a discussion about the new WHL playoff format. He and Larry Fisher of the Kelowna Daily Courier covered it fairly well.  We’ll take a little bit of a deeper dive and see how it would affect matchups. […]

Leagues of Extraordinary Gentlemen (and Portland)

Well, it’s down to the final 6. Each of the CHL leagues has their finalists and they will be battling it out for both league supremacy and a chance to raise the Mastercard Memorial Cup trophy. Let’s take a look at each of the 6 teams and our predictions for who is going to come […]

What an (April) Fool Believes: Round 2 West predictions

(If you didn’t get a chance to see the round 1 roundup and round 2 predictions for the East, you can read those here.) Let’s take a look at how I did with round 1 in the West: (1) Kelowna 118pts v (8) Tri-City 68pts Prediction: Kelowna in 4 Actual: Kelowna in 5 As I […]

Looking back to go forward: Round 2 East predictions

With the Medicine Hat Tigers 2-1 win over Swift Current in game 6 Sunday night, the Broncos were eliminated and all the second round matchups were set. Before we get to who I pick to move on to the Eastern conference finals, let’s look back and see how close I was on predicting round 1. […]

Throwback Thursday: Rivalries in playoffs

While in the midst of this first-ever playoff meeting between the Silvertips and Thunderbirds, it reminded me of the last time Seattle played their other rival in the playoffs, the Portland Winterhawks. It was way back in 2006 and Seattle had home ice. Back then, the WHL had a divisional playoff schedule so even though […]

Playoff predictions

Time to take a look at who I think will move on in the WHL playoffs. This is all going to be gut feeling and a small amount of thought. I’ll do just the first round for now. Eastern Conference: (1) Edmonton 103pts v (9) Prince Albert 75pts Prince Albert showed some determination in getting […]

Home ice?

So, if Twitter replies are any indication, people have very strong opinions about the playoff schedule that the Thunderbirds and Silvertips have for their first round series. If you don’t know what we are talking about, here is the schedule: Seattle #4 vs Everett #5 Saturday March 22 @ ShoWare Center Sunday March 23 @ Comcast […]