The Spokane Chiefs and Portland Winterhawks are set to face each other in the first round of the 2018 WHL Playoffs, marking the 11th time the two teams have met in the postseason. The matchup pits the Western Conference’s second and fourth place teams, suggesting a hard-fought battle is in store.
It was a tale of two halves for the two clubs in the 2017-18 season series; Portland won the first five games while the Chiefs rebounded to win the final three. They faced each other only once after the January 10 deadline, however, as Spokane pulled off a comeback 5-4 shootout win at Portland in the final game of the regular season.
Game 1 – Spokane at Portland – Saturday, March 24 – 6 p.m.
Game 2 – Spokane at Portland – Sunday, March 25 – 5 p.m.
14G-52A-66PTS in 69GP this season (1-26-27 in 32GP w/ Portland)
Acquired by Portland from P.G. at the trade deadline
2016 1st round pick (20th overall) – Detroit Red Wings
Head-to-Head Playoff History
Overall: Portland leads in all-time series wins (7-3) and total games (38-25)
First Round: Tied (3-3)
Most Recent: 2013 Second Round (Portland won, 4-0)
The Chiefs and Winterhawks have a long-standing playoff rivalry as two of the most successful franchises in the Western Conference. Portland holds the edge in series wins and overall wins. Five of the first 10 playoff series between these two clubs have required the final game of the series to decide (best of seven or best of nine). Spokane made history in 1996, becoming the first WHL team to advance after a 3-0 series deficit, recovering to win in seven games. Portland has won the last three series dating back to 2010.