It’s playoff time in a few leagues – and almost playoff time in others.
Jonathan Toews is the only UND player to have secured a spot in the NHL playoffs, though others are closing in.
Just as the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings near a playoff bid, UND’s Matt Greene is nearing a return. Greene has been cleared for contact and could re-join the Kings’ lineup at any time. Read about that here.
The St. Louis Blues, also battling for a playoff spot, will need to wait another week or two in order to get T.J. Oshie back in the lineup.
Half of the AHL has wrapped up playoff spots right now, including Mike Commodore and the Texas Stars and Brian Lee and the Syracuse Crunch.
Commodore has played four games for Texas so far and has two goals and a +4 rating.
The playoffs are already underway in the ECHL and both Evan Trupp and Mario Lamoureux are on to the second round.
Trupp and the Alaska Aces won in Game 7 in the first round to advance. Lamoureux and the Ontario Reign swept their first-round series. If they both win in the next round, Lamoureux and Trupp would go head-to-head in the Western Conference Finals.
Corey Fienhage and Gwinnett also have advanced to Round 2.
The BCHL’s Fred Page Cup Finals, which is a showdown between UND recruits, is now tied 2-2.
Wade Murphy and Troy Stecher play for Penticton. Adam Tambellini plays for Surrey. Murphy scored a goal in Penticton’s 3-2 win in Game 4.
All three players are expected to come to UND next season.
The USHL playoffs began Tuesday night with Cary Eades’ Sioux Falls team beating Lincoln 3-2 in overtime in Game 1.
Lincoln has two UND recruits (Luke Johnson and Paul LaDue). Fargo, which hosts Waterloo beginning Wednesday, has one UND recruit in defenseman Charlie Pelnik.
Green Bay also made the playoffs in the Eastern Conference. The Gamblers feature UND recruit Nick Schmaltz. His brother, Jordan, won a Clark Cup with the Gamblers last year.