The Bakersfield Condors (4th seeed) open the 2022 Calder Cup Playoffs in a best-of-3 series with the Abbotsford Canucks (5th seed).
GAME 1: Tonight, 7 p.m.
GAME 2: Wednesday, 7 p.m.
GAME 3: Monday, 7 p.m.*
All games will be played at Mechanics Bank Arena
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PUCK DROP: 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) on Dignity Health Home Ice at Mechanics Bank Arena
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The Condors and Canucks split eight games during the regular season, with the Condors winning the first four and the Canucks will the last four.
HISTORY AT HOME
Bakersfield earned 21 wins at home this season, tied for the most in the team’s AHL era.
GRIFF GETS 30
Seth Griffith scored his 30th goal of the regular season on Saturday, becoming the first Condors player to reach the 30-goal plateau in the AHL. His 80 points also set a new AHL club record.
BACK IN THE PLAYOFFS
This is the third trip to the postseason for the Condors. Last year, the team defeated San Diego (2-1) and Henderson (2-1) in two, best-of-3 series en route to a Pacific Division crown. In 2018-19, the last time the Calder Cup Playoffs were held, the Condors bested Colorado (3-1) in a five-game series before falling to San Diego (2-4) in six games.
The Condors are 5-1 in the playoffs when faced with overtime and have won five straight. After dropping Game 1 of the 2019 Pacific Division Finals in four overtimes, the team won Game 3 in overtime, and Game 5 in double overtime. Last season, the team won three consecutive overtime games with Seth Griffith, Brad Malone, and Adam Cracknell each netting game-winning markers.
SKINNER BRINGS POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE
Stuart Skinner is 6-3 lifetime in the postseason with a 2.58 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage. His first playoff start came on May 11, 2019, stoping 45 of 46 in a Game 5, double overtime victory over San Diego.
DOWN THE HALL
Abbotsford enters its first postseason with six players being assigned by Vancouver in recent days. That list includes Sheldon Dries, who led the team with 35 goals, 2019 first round (10 overall) pick Vasily Podkolzin, and goaltender Spencer Martin.