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Islanders Bits: Sound Tigers vs. Whale AHL Playoffs Begin

From caged NCAA to the cage-free Haley-iffic AHL.
From caged NCAA to the cage-free Haley-iffic AHL.

As teased yesterday, the AHL playoffs begin tonight for the Northeast Division champion Bridgeport Sound Tigers, who host the Connecticut Whale in a best-of-five series. All kinds of ticket info here.

It's Baby Islanders vs. Baby Rangers -- and truly these babies have youth mixed in. Bridgeport looks to be using Brock Nelson at center (notice his placement in the official site preview here), and the Whale appears to be bringing in 2011 pick J.T. Miller to join fellow pup Christian Thomas.

Miller, by the way, was set to be Nelson's teammate at North Dakota before bailing on the Sioux and joining OHL Plymouth instead.

The Sound Tigers also have rookie Casey Cizikas playing a big role along with the trio of D prospects. And I like Baba O'Riley there on the wing; the Ferris State man has had a minor pro journey, his ECHL team folding this season.

Although Bridgeport has the aesthetically pleasing 6-2-1-1 record in the season series, a closer look by Michael Fornabaio at the CT Post betrays just how Bonus Point Party-aided that record is. As he put it: 600 minutes or regulation play, the goals were 30-29. Plenty more coverage from Fornabaio, including:

Promo Video

For all your pump-up and cheesy slow pan needs:

Other notes of interest: