AHL Playoff Preview: Eastern Conference Match-ups

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Syracuse Crunch vs Portland Pirates

Mar 24, 2013; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Tampa Bay Lightning forward Tyler Johnson (63) during pre game warm up prior to the game against the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports

The Syracuse Crunch has Tyler Johnson who is number one in the league for goals with 37. Johnson is also at a +26 and is one of 4 players on the team who is a +20 or over. The Crunch is made up of some of last year’s Calder Cup Champions as the affiliates switched from the Anaheim Ducks to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Syracuse may have this one as the Pirates number 2 player in scoring has been called up to the Phoenix Coyotes. They do however have thier top scorer Andy Miele who has 19 goals and 34 assists, but he’s only at a +3.  This match-up does not look good for the Pirates but if the Kings cup win last season taught us anything it’s that you can’t count anyone out.

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