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Milwaukee Admirals open AHL playoffs Thursday vs. Texas Stars

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While the Nashville Predators are preparing for their opening round playoff series against the Anaheim Ducks, their prospects at the AHL level are also getting ready for battle. This release came from Milwaukee last night:

Milwaukee Admirals President Jon Greenberg, along with the American Hockey League, announced today the schedule for the Calder Cup West Division Semifinals against the Texas Stars. The two teams will play a best-of-seven series that kicks off with game one on Thursday, April 14 at 7:00 pm at the Bradley Center.

West Division Semifinal - Series "G" (best-of-7) 
W1-Milwaukee Admirals vs. W4-Texas Stars 

Game 1 - Thu., Apr. 14 - Texas at Milwaukee, 7:00 
Game 2 - Sat., Apr. 16 - Texas at Milwaukee, 7:00 
Game 3 - Tue., Apr. 19 - Milwaukee at Texas, 7:30 
Game 4 - Wed., Apr. 20 - Milwaukee at Texas, 7:30 
*Game 5 - Fri., Apr. 22 - Milwaukee at Texas, 7:30 
*Game 6 - Mon., Apr. 25 - Texas at Milwaukee, 7:00 
*Game 7 - Tue., Apr. 26 - Texas at Milwaukee, 7:00

            The Admirals finished the regular season as the West Division and Western Conference Champions by accumulating 102 points on a 44-22-6-8 record. It was their fourth division crown in the past eight seasons, but their first regular season conference title since the 2003-04 campaign. By virtue of their record, Milwaukee will have the home-ice advantage through the Western Conference Finals. The Admirals finished the year with a 1-3-1-1 mark against the Stars.

The Stars are the AHL affiliate for the Dallas Stars, naturally, and will present a tough challenge for a strong Admirals team which has brought in a number of high-profile prospects on Amateur Tryout Contracts in recent days, such as Austin Watson, Michael Latta, Taylor Beck, and Ben Ryan. The next big name out there who could hop aboard would be 2009 1st-round pick Ryan Ellis, who is currently in the second round of the OHL playoffs with the Windsor Spitfires. The Spits are currently tied with Saginaw at one win apiece heading into tomorrow night's game.