With just six games remaining on the schedule, Rochester hopes to give the Toronto Marlies some competition for the top spot in the division. Making the playoffs is still no guarantee for the Amerks, as only the Texas Stars have clinched a spot in the 2013 Calder Cup playoffs.
With 12 points on the schedule, Rochester can end the season, if they win out with 94 points. They will likely need all 94 of them to catch the Marlies, who hold the top spot in the division at 89 points.
Its a battle of the fifth and sixth place teams tonight, as OKC and the Rochester Americans sit tied with 82 points, the spoils of the higher seed and a tie with the Houston Aeros for fifth place await the winner of tonight’s contest.
If the Rochester Americans are going to find success in the playoffs, they will push to stay out of the bottom three playof spots. As it stands now, they would face the Marlies in the first round – Rochester has not faired well against the Marlies since getting swept last season in the first round of the Calder Cup playoffs.
It’s not just their place in the standings that mirror each other when your talking Barons and Amerks hockey. In their last ten contests, the teams are almost identical. The Amerks have gone 7-3 in their last ten, OKC has picked up just one more point going 7-2-0-1.
Tonight’s contest wraps up the regular season for the Amerks has far as televised games goes, and is one of three remaining games left at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester. the six remaining games on the Amerks schedule heading into the playoff tournament are either in New York State, or just across the border in Toronto and Hamilton.