The Milwaukee Admirals, the top minor-league affiliate of the Nashville Predators, will attempt to close out their best-of-seven West Division Final series Tuesday night when they take on the Houston Aeros in Houston. The game, which begins at 7:35 p.m. CT, can be heard (for free) and viewed (for a fee) live by visiting the Admirals Web site.
Buoyed by the reassignment of four Predators whose Stanley Cup Playoff run concluded on April 30, Milwaukee leads the Calder Cup Playoff series three games to zero. Jordin Tootoo, Scottie Upshall, and Shea Weber--all of whom have split time between Nashville and Milwaukee in 2005-06--have combined for 10 goals and five assists in the first three games of the series since returning to the American Hockey League club. Tootoo recorded a hat trick in Game 2 and has five goals and a +4 rating in the division finals. Upshall has two goals, four assists and a +5 rating while Weber has three goals, one assist and a +4 rating.
Goaltender Pekka Rinne, who saw action in two Predators games this season and backed up starter Chris Mason for the end of the regular season and all five playoff games, has been in net for the first three games of the Admirals-Aeros series and is 3-0. The Admirals have outscored Houston by a combined 14-4 over the past two contests, and Milwaukee forward Darren Haydar leads all American Hockey League players in playoff scoring with 18 points (7g, 11a) in 10 games.
Defenseman Ryan Parent, Nashville's first-round draft pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, could make his first professional appearance Tuesday after joining the Admirals this week on an amateur tryout agreement.