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2019 WHL Playoffs Begin Tonight

March 22, 2019 - Western Hockey League (WHL) News Release

Calgary, Alta. - The 2019 WHL Playoffs begin tonight with seven of eight first-round series getting underway across Western Canada and the U.S. Pacific Northwest.

After 748 regular season games and one tiebreaker game, 16 WHL teams will vie for the right to be crowned the 53rd WHL Champions and represent the WHL at the 101st Memorial Cup presented by KIA in Halifax, N.S., this May.

Get all the social content and highlights you can handle by joining the conversation using the hashtag #WHLPlayoffs on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For series-specific social content, seek out the individual series hashtags, as detailed below.

2019 #WHLPlayoffs Bracket

Eastern Conference Playoff Schedules & Previews:

Prince Albert Raiders (1) vs. Red Deer Rebels (WC2)

#PAvsRD - Series Preview

Game 1 - Friday, March 22 - Art Hauser Centre - Prince Albert - 7:00 p.m. MT

Game 2 - Saturday, March 23 - Art Hauser Centre - Prince Albert - 7:00 p.m. MT

Game 3 - Tuesday, March 26 - The Centrium - Red Deer - 7:00 p.m. MT

Game 4 - Wednesday, March 27 - The Centrium - Red Deer - 7:00 p.m. MT

Game 5* - Friday, March 29 - Art Hauser Centre - Prince Albert - 7:00 p.m. MT

Game 6* - Sunday, March 31 - The Centrium - Red Deer - 2:00 p.m. MT

Game 7* - Tuesday, April 2 - Art Hauser Centre - Prince Albert - 7:00 p.m. MT

*if necessary

Saskatoon Blades (2) vs. Moose Jaw Warriors (3)

#SASvsMJ - Series Preview

Game 1 - Friday, March 22 - SaskTel Centre - Saskatoon, Sask. - 7 p.m. MT

Game 2 - Saturday, March 23 - SaskTel Centre - Saskatoon, Sask. - 7 p.m. MT

Game 3 - Tuesday, March 26 - Mosaic Place - Moose Jaw, Sask. - 7 p.m. MT

Game 4 - Wednesday, March 27 - Mosaic Place - Moose Jaw, Sask. - 7 p.m. MT

Game 5* - Friday, March 29 - SaskTel Centre - Saskatoon, Sask. - 7 p.m. MT

Game 6* - Saturday, March 30 - Mosaic Place - Moose Jaw, Sask. - 7 p.m. MT

Game 7* - Monday, April 1 - SaskTel Centre - Saskatoon, Sask. - 7 p.m. MT

*if necessary

Edmonton Oil Kings (1) vs. Medicine Hat Tigers (WC1)

#EDMvsMH - Series Preview

Game 1 - Saturday, March 23 - Rogers Place - Edmonton, Alta. - 7:30 p.m. MT

Game 2 - Sunday, March 24 - Rogers Place - Edmonton, Alta. - 6 p.m. MT

Game 3 - Tuesday, March 26 - Canalta Centre - Medicine Hat, Alta. - 7 p.m. MT

Game 4 - Wednesday, March 27 - Canalta Centre - Medicine Hat, Alta. - 7 p.m. MT

Game 5* - Friday, March 29 - Rogers Place - Edmonton, Alta. - 7 p.m. MT

Game 6* - Sunday, March 31 - Canalta Centre - Medicine Hat, Alta. - 6 p.m. MT

Game 7* - Tuesday, April 2 - Rogers Place - Edmonton, Alta. - 7 p.m. MT

* If necessary

Lethbridge Hurricanes (2) vs. Calgary Hitmen (3)

#LETvsCGY - Series Preview

Game 1 - Friday, March 22 - Enmax Centre- Lethbridge, Alta. - 7 p.m. MT

Game 2 - Saturday, March 23 - Enmax Centre- Lethbridge, Alta. - 7 p.m. MT

Game 3 - Tuesday, March 26 - Scotiabank Saddledome- Calgary, Alta. - 7 p.m. MT

Game 4 - Thursday, March 28 - Scotiabank Saddledome- Calgary, Alta. - 7 p.m. MT

Game 5* - Saturday, March 30 - Nicholas Sheran Ice Centre - Lethbridge, Alta. - 7 p.m. MT

Game 6* - Sunday, March 31 - Scotiabank Saddledome- Calgary, Alta. - 7 p.m. MT

Game 7* - Tuesday, April 2 - Nicholas Sheran Ice Centre- Lethbridge, Alta. - 7 p.m. MT

*if necessary

Western Conference Playoff Schedules & Previews:

Vancouver Giants (1) vs. Seattle Thunderbirds (WC2)

#VANvsSEA - Series Preview

Game 1 - Friday, March 22 - Langley Events Centre - Vancouver - 7:30 p.m. PT

Game 2 - Saturday, March 23 - Langley Events Centre - Vancouver - 7 p.m. PT

Game 3 - Tuesday, March 26 - accesso ShoWare Center - Seattle - 7:05 p.m. PT

Game 4 - Wednesday, March 27 - accesso ShoWare Center - Seattle - 7:05 p.m. PT

Game 5* - Friday, March 29 - Langley Events Centre - Vancouver - 7:30 p.m. PT

Game 6* - Saturday, March 30 - accesso ShoWare Center - Seattle - 6:05 p.m. PT

Game 7* - Tuesday, April 2 - Langley Events Centre - Vancouver - 7 p.m. PT

*If necessary

Victoria Royals (2) vs. Kamloops Blazers (3)

#VICvsKAM - Series Preview

Game 1 - Friday, March 22 - Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena - Victoria - 7:05 p.m. PT

Game 2 - Saturday, March 23 - Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena - Victoria - 7:05 p.m. PT

Game 3 - Tuesday, March 26 - Sandman Centre - Kamloops - 7 p.m. PT

Game 4 - Wednesday, March 27 - Sandman Centre - Kamloops - 7 p.m. PT

Game 5* - Saturday, March 30 - Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena - 7:05 p.m. PT

Game 6* - Monday, April 1 - Sandman Centre - Kamloops - 7 p.m. PT

Game 7* - Wednesday, April 3 - Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena - 7:05 p.m. PT

*if necessary

Everett Silvertips (1) vs. Tri-City Americans (WC1)

#EVTvsSEA - Series Preview

Game 1 - Friday, March 22 - Angel of the Winds Arena - Everett - 7:35 p.m. PT

Game 2 - Saturday, March 23 - Angel of the Winds Arena - Everett - 7:05 p.m. PT

Game 3 - Wednesday, March 27 - Toyota Center - Kennewick - 7:05 p.m. PT

Game 4 - Thursday, March 28 - Toyota Center - Kennewick - 7:05 p.m. PT

Game 5* - Saturday, March 30 - Angel of the Winds Arena - Everett - 7:05 p.m. PT

Game 6* - Sunday, March 31 - Toyota Center - Kennewick - 5:05 p.m. PT

Game 7* - Tuesday, April 2 - Angel of the Winds Arena - Everett - 7:05 p.m. PT

*If necessary

Spokane Chiefs (2) vs. Portland Winterhawks (3)

#SPOvsPOR - Series Preview

Game 1 - Friday, March 22 - Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena - Spokane - 7:05 p.m. PT

Game 2 - Saturday, March 23 - Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena - Spokane - 7:05 p.m. PT

Game 3 - Tuesday, March 26 - Veterans Memorial Coliseum - Portland - 7:00 p.m. PT

Game 4 - Wednesday, March 27 - Veterans Memorial Coliseum - Portland - 7:00 p.m. PT

Game 5* - Saturday, March 30 - Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena - Spokane - 7:05 p.m. PT

Game 6* - Monday, April 1 - Veterans Memorial Coliseum - Portland - 7:00 p.m. PT

Game 7* - Wednesday, April 3 - Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena - Spokane - 7:05 p.m. PT

*If necessary

WHL Live Playoff Packages Available

WHL Playoff packages through the WHL's webcasting platform, WHL Live, are now available at WHLLive.com.

Individual Game - $7.99

Team Pass (per round) - $25.99

All Access - $99.99

All Access (from Second Round) - $79.99

All Access (from Three Round) - $49.99

*all prices in Canadian dollars

WHL Playoffs Format

The WHL uses a Divisional/Conference hybrid playoff format, with the inclusion of wild card qualifiers. All playoff series are best-of-seven series.

The format sees the top three teams in each Division make up the first 12 teams in the playoffs. The remaining four spots will be filled by the next two highest-placed teams in each Conference, based on their regular season record and regardless of Division.

In the first round, the Division winner with the best record in each Conference will be matched against the wild card team with the lesser record; the wild card team with the better record will play the other Division winner.

The teams finishing second and third in each Division will meet in the first round within the bracket headed by their respective division winners. First round winners within each bracket play one another in the second round to determine the four participants in the Conference championship series.

Home ice advantage in the WHL Championship Series will be determined by regular season record. If an East Division Club is involved in the WHL Championship Series, the series will use a 2-3-2 format.

CHL Playoff Predictor

The 2019 CHL Playoff Predictor is back for another year and live for the duration of the 2019 CHL Playoffs. Fans have the opportunity to select series winners from across each of the regional league playoffs across the CHL - the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League, and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League - with great prizes available per round as well as at the conclusion of the 2019 CHL Playoffs. Complete information can be found at CHL.ca/chlplayoffpredictor.


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