How do the AHL playoffs work?

This is part of an occasional series leading up to the start of the Coachella Valley Firebirds’ inaugural season in October in which we explain the ins and outs of the desert’s new pro hockey team, the American Hockey League and the Firebirds’ parent organization the Seattle Kraken.

Well Coachella Valley Firebirds fans, this is happening. We’ve got a full season schedule now. When you look at the American Hockey League standings the Coachella Valley Firebirds are listed, part of the Pacific Division.

Our pro hockey team exists. The Firebirds are two and a half months away from playing games.

And as football coach Herm Edwards said incredulously, “We play to win the game. That’s what’s great about sports. You play to win.”

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