ALLEN, TX – Nothing new to report from practice as the Allen Americans continue to prepare for the second round playoff matchup with Colorado. Who will play and who will sit out the game for Allen on Friday still has to be determined. Coach Steve Martinson‘s plan was for a video session before practice today.

– Yesterday I showed how the four Western Conference teams remaining in the playoffs (Allen vs Colorado & Toledo vs Fort Wayne) compared across 11 statistical categories during the regular season.

Today, I want to add the same data for the first round of the playoffs. The playoff sample size is very small with Allen, Colorado and Fort Wayne playing only five first round games and Toledo seven. With that caveat and caution that the playoff stats may be skewed because of the small sample size, in parentheses below are the playoff numbers so you can compare playoff performance to regular season performance.

Goals Scored (average per game)
4.19 – Toledo          (3.71)
4.08 – Allen            (3.60)
3.68 – Colorado      (4.00)
3.67 – Fort Wayne  (3.20)

Goals Allowed (average per game)
2.65 – Toledo          (3.57)
2.82 – Allen            (2.00)
2.86 – Colorado      (3.00)
2.92 – Fort Wayne  (2.40)

Shots For (average per game)
34.39 – Fort Wayne  (36.20)
32.94 – Colorado      (29.60)
32.17 – Toledo          (28.86)
31.44 – Allen            (32.40)

Shots Against (average per game)
28.39 – Fort Wayne  (27.40)
28.63 – Toledo          (30.57)
29.75 – Colorado      (25.80)
34.93 – Allen            (28.20)

Shooting Percentage (goals as a percent of total shots)
12.9% – Allen            (11.1%)
12.9% – Toledo          (12.9%)
11.1% – Colorado      (13.5%)
10.6% – Fort Wayne  (8.8%)

Power Play Percentage
25.1% – Toledo          (25.0%)
24.8% – Colorado      (26.3%)
24.4% – Allen            (30.0%)
21.4% – Fort Wayne  (40.0%)

Penalty Kill Percentage
86.8% – Toledo          (82.6%)
84.4% – Allen            (92.6%)
83.4% – Colorado      (73.7%)
82.3% – Fort Wayne  (88.9%)

Plus/Minus
+334 – Allen            (+20)
+309 – Toledo          (-7)
+273 – Fort Wayne  (0)
+148 – Colorado      (+21)

Goals Against Average (GAA)
2.60 – Toledo          (3.57)
2.76 – Allen            (2.00)
2.80 – Colorado      (2.98)
2.86 – Fort Wayne  (2.25)

Save Percentage
.920 – Allen            (.929)
.908 – Toledo          (.883)
.905 – Colorado      (.884)
.898 – Fort Wayne  (.912)

Record Last 10 Games (regular season)
9-0-1-0 – Allen            (4-1 in first round)
7-2-1-0 – Fort Wayne  (4-1 in first round)
6-3-0-1 – Toledo          (4-3 in first round)
5-5-0-0 – Colorado      (4-1 in first round)

Drawing any conclusions from this data has to be taken with a grain of salt but here are a few observations:

– Toledo gave up almost a goal per game more (2.65 vs 3.57) in the first round of the playoffs than they did during the regular season.
– Fort Wayne’s shooting percentage against Quad City in the first playoff round was very low (8.8%) but their power play was almost double (21.4% vs 40.0%) their regular season percentage.
– Colorado struggled on the penalty kill in the first round with a percentage of 73.7%.
– Toledo had a plus/minus during the regular season of +309 but in the first playoff round was -7.
– Colorado had the worst plus/minus (+148) during the regular season of the four remaining teams in the Western Conference but the best plus/minus (+21) in the first round of the playoffs.
– Allen had the best save percentage of the four teams in the regular season (.920) and that continued in the playoffs (.929).
– Toledo and Colorado had save percentages below .900 in the first round of the playoffs much lower than the regular season numbers. Toledo went from .908 to .883 and Colorado went from .905 to .884.

PLAYOFF UPDATE:

– Florida became the final team to make it to the second round of the playoffs by beating Orlando at home last night by a score of 7-4. After trailing in this series 3-1 Florida became the sixth team in ECHL history to comeback and win. Florida will now take on South Carolina in the South Division finals.

– The second round of the playoffs which are the division finals are now set. The games start tonight (Thursday) in the North Division with Manchester at Brampton. The division finals could go as long as May 10.

– Many fans are using social media and other methods to get the word out about the Allen Americans and make sure there is a big crowd this weekend and for the rest of the playoffs. Here is the second round schedule for the Allen vs Colorado series. All start times are central daylight time, that is the time in Allen when all the games will start. Tell all your friends and relatives they have to get tickets for this series. It should be epic.

Game 1 at Allen – Friday April 28th (7:05 pm)
Game 2 at Allen – Saturday April 29th (7:05 pm)

Game 3 at Colorado – Wednesday May 3rd (8:05 pm)
Game 4 at Colorado – Thursday May 4th (8:05 pm)
Game 5 at Colorado – Sunday May 7th (4:05 pm)

Game 6 at Allen – Tuesday May 9th (7:05 pm)
Game 7 at Allen – Wednesday May 10th (7:05 pm)

DID YOU KNOW: Since the Allen Americans franchise started in 2009-10 they have played 544 regular season games. Yet with the nature of AA hockey, players come and go all the time. Only 24 players in the history of the Americans have played 100 games with the team and just six have played 200 games. Here are the six that have played 200 or more games in Allen.

247 – Tyler Ludwig
238 – Jarret Lukin
229 – Mike Berube
216 – Chad Costello
215 – Brian McMillin
200 – Gary Steffes