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Spartans Pro Hockey Update

With the 1st round of the NHL playoffs complete, looking into the Spartans in the NHL and AHL

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Last night saw the completion of the NHL playoffs' first round with the Tampa Bay Lightning ending the season of the Detroit Red Wings 2-0 (while also  ending the seasons of Justin Abdelkader and Drew MIller). The Spartans started the NHL postseason with eight alumni chasing the Stanley Cup and that number has been cut in half to four. So if you are looking to see a Spartans' hockey alumni hoist the Stanley Cup you will be pulling for either Calgary or Chicago out of the West and Montreal from the East.

NHL Alumni

Name NHL Team GP G A PTS Still Playing?
Justin Abdelkader Detroit Red Wings 5 0 2 2 NO
Drew Miller Detroit Red Wings 7 1 1 2 NO
Corey Potter Calgary Flames 2 0 0 0 YES
Duncan Keith Chicago Blackhawks 6 2 5 7 YES
Jeff Petry Montreal Canadiens 6 0 0 0 YES
Mike Weaver Montreal Canadiens 0 0 0 0 YES
Jim Slater Winnipeg Jets 4 0 0 0 NO
Ryan Miller Vancouver Canucks 3 2.31 GAA .910 save % 1-1 NO

  • Duncan Keith clearly is the top performer in the NHL playoffs thus far. At this rate he may end up in goal with Chicago if they continue to get Corey Crawford goaltending.
  • Drew MIller is the only other Spartan to score in the 1st round? Um ok.
  • Jeff Petry finished the season hot with Montreal but was held scoreless in the 1st round series win over Ottawa. He will hopefully get it going against the Lightning starting Friday.
  • Ryan Miller didn't begin the series but came into game 4 in relief of Eddie Lack and won game 5 for the Canucks. He unfortunately was in net for the series ending loss to Calgary.

AHL Alumni

Name Team GP G A Pts Series Standing
Bryan Lerg Worcester Sharks 3 0 0 0 Hershey 2, Worcester 1
Dustin Gazley Hershey Bears 3 0 1 1 Hershey 2, Worcester 1
Tim Kennedy Hershey Bears 3 0 2 2 Hershey 2, Worcester 1
Chris Mueller Hartford Wolfpack 4 0 1 1 Tied w/ Providence 2-2
Jared Nightengale Syracuse Crunch 1 0 0 0 Swept by Wilkes Barre/Scranton 3-0

NOTE: The AHL does best of 5 first round series

  • Bryan Lerg returned from the NHL to continue being a captain in Worcester. His team held off elimination from 2007 national championship teammate Tim Kennedy and Dustin Gazley with a 4-1 win last night.
  • Kennedy and Gazley have yet to score a goal in the series against Worcester but have at least got on the scoresheet.
  • Hartford and Providence will decide their series on Friday night

Miscellaneous ECHL Updates

  • Jeff Lerg (2005-2009) in net led the Toledo Walleye to a seven game series win over the Wheeling Nailers and defenseman Mike Ratchuck (2006-2008). Lerg who returned to hockey after two seasons in retirement had a .922 save percentage and a 2.29 goals against average in the series.
  • Brett Perlini (2008-2012) and the Fort Watne Komets will meet Lerg and the Walleye after defeating the Kalamazoo Wings in five games. Perlini had one assist in three games while Wings' player Jake Chelios (2010-2014) had a goal and an assist in four games.
  • Andrew Rowe (2007-2010) continued his strong ECHL season with 3 goals and 2 assists as his South Carolina Stingrays defeated the Reading Royals in seven games.