The playoffs start this weekend, so let's have a debate. Do the Aeros have what it takes to make a deep run in the postseason? Today, I'm going to be Debbie Downer. This is why the Aeros won't go very far, and this is why you'd better make sure your butts are in the seats for Game 2 of the series so you can say you were at the last Aeros game ever.
2013 Calder Cup Playoffs
Western Conference Quarter Finals - Best of five
Houston Aeros (6 - Seed) vs. Grand Rapids Griffins (3 - Seed)
1 Grand Rapids at Houston Friday, Apr. 26 7:05 PM
2 Grand Rapids at Houston Sunday, Apr. 28 5:05 PM
3 Houston at Grand Rapids Wednesday, May 1 7:00 PM (ET)
4 Houston at Grand Rapids Friday, May 3 7:00 PM (ET) - X
5 Houston at Grand Rapids Saturday, May 4 7:00 PM (ET) - X
X = If Necessary
Dear Aeros fan,
I'm not going to start this one out with any fluff. After grinding their way through 76 games, the Aeros finished the regular season with 90 points, and that was good enough for only 6th place in the Western Conference. That just goes to show you how good ALL the playoff teams are. I can almost make a legitimate case as to why every team in this conference could be skating for the Calder Cup in June.
But with the Aeros leaving for Des Moines after the season, it's almost hard not to picture this squad making a miracle run and giving Houston hockey fans one more taste of glory.
As much as I want to believe that is a realistic possibility, my brain says otherwise. I'd love to see them take out Grand Rapids in the first round and then upset another team to make things very interesting. But the dice and cards and all that stuff just isn't lining up right now. I don't have a good feeling about the roster right now due to all the recent injuries in Minnesota, and I really don't like entering the playoffs with a cold goalie in a best-of-five series.
I am blessed and have seen a lot of playoff hockey since 1994, and I usually have a good pulse on the team going into the playoffs. While I hope I am wrong, and I hope I get flamed off the internet if I don't call it right, but I think Sunday will be the last Aeros game of the season ... and foreseeable future.
I know the team is hot recently, but they beat up on non-playoff teams down the stretch and while that was good enough to get them into the playoffs, it's not going to be good enough to get by a division winner like Grand Rapids.
Debbie Downer's prediction is Grand Rapids in five.
Tomorrow, we'll hear from Sunshine Sally, who has a different take on this series and the rest of the playoffs.