Out west, the Edmonton Oil Kings host the Portland Winterhawks in Game 1 of the Western Hockey League final tonight. The Oil Kings finished first overall in the Eastern Conference with a record of 50-15-3-4 for 107 points while the Winterhawks finished third in the Western Conference with a record of 49-19-3-1 for 102 points.
Like the Sea Dogs, the Oil Kings have just one playoff loss this post-season. They swept Kootenay and Brandon before finally losing a game to Moose Jaw in the semifinals. Edmonton won that series 4-1 to advance to the league final.
Portland swept Kelowna in the first round, beat Kamloops in seven games in the quarterfinals, and then swept Tri-City to move on to the final.
Buzzing The Net has a solid preview of the WHL Championship Series.
In the Ontario Hockey League, the London Knights will take on the Niagara IceDogs. The IceDogs finished first in the Eastern Conference with a record of 47-18-0-3 for 97 points while the Knights finished first in the Western Conference with a record 49-18-0-1 for 99 points.
London swept Windsor in the first round, beat Saginaw in six games in the second round, and then swept Kitchener in the third round to advance to the league final.
Niagara beat Oshawa in six games in the first round, swept Brampton in the second round, and then defeated Ottawa in five games in the third round to advance to the OHL Championship Series.
Buzzing The Net also has a preview of the OHL final.
Sportsnet’s Fan Fuel has a preview of all three CHL Championships.
The winner of the OHL, WHL, and QMJHL final will all join the Shawinigan Cataractes at the 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup.