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Major Junior Playoffs Get Started Tonight

Ivan Barbashev and the Moncton Wildcats will be in action on the opening night of the QMJHL playoffs.

Ivan Barbashev will lead the Moncton Wildcats into the QMJHL playoff battle. Photo by
Ivan Barbashev will lead the Moncton Wildcats into the QMJHL playoff battle. Photo by
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All of the Blues' major junior prospects will see playoff action this spring, and that kicks off tonight with the QMJHL playoffs. Blue-chip prospect Ivan Barabashev and the Moncton Wildcats open the post-season by hosting les Sagueneens de Chicoutimi at the Moncton (NB) Coliseum tonight, 6:00 PM Atlantic Time (or in about three hours from the time of this post).

Tomorrow night, Two of the three Western League teams with Blues' prospects will open their playoff schedules. Zach Pochiro and the Prince George Cougars will visit the Victoria Royals, while Jaedon Descheneau and the Kootenay Ice travel to Calgary to take on the Hitmen.

Also tomorrow night, in the Ontario League, two prospects go head-to-head in the playoffs as the London Knights and C.J. Yakimowicz host Dmitrii Sergeev and the Kitchener Rangers, while 2014 first-round selection Robbie Fabbri and the Guelph Storm open their defense of the Robertson Cup by hosting the Owen Sound Attack (Jordan Binnington's junior club).

Two sets of Tigers will get their playoffs started the weekend as well. On Friday, Samuel Blais and the Victoriaville Tigres travel to Rimouski to open their playoff series, while on Saturday, out west, Tommy Vannelli and the Medicine Hat Tigers will host Red Deer.

Also this weekend, on Friday night, the NCAA Tournament gets under way with Providence College (Jake Walman) hosting Miami-Ohio, while second-seeded North Dakota (Austin Poganski, Jordan Schmaltz) takes on Quinnipiac at Scheels Arena in Fargo, ND.

Check in here at "Game Time" for all the scoop on Blues' prospects as they pursue championship dreams this spring.