Monroe: Walleye to open playoff series vs. Indy as heavy favorites

The Toledo Blade’s Mark Monroe posted an article discussing the Toledo Walleye’s impending playoff series against the Indy Fuel, as well as Simon Denis’ return from the AHL’s Hartford Wolfpack. As Monroe notes, the Walleye are a heavy favorite in their first-round series:

The Fuel did not earn a spot in the playoffs until the season finale on Sunday. Toledo is 8-1-0 against Indy this season.

The best-of-7 series will follow a 2-3-2 format. Game 2 is Sunday at 5:15 p.m. before the series shifts to Indiana.

The Walleye have earned the No. 1 seed in the conference for the fourth straight season. They reached the conference finals last year and in 2014-15. They were ousted by Reading in the first round in 2015-16.

“Being the No. 1 seed comes with a lot of high expectations,” Watson said. “So there are several ways to handle it. I’m 100 percent excited to see how our guys respond. We are very deep at every position. We are built differently than the last few years. Everyone will have to play up to their potential for a long playoff run.”


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