Regular-season finale like playoff preview for Lynx

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The Augusta Lynx will wrap up the regular season tonight with a home game against the South Carolina Stingrays.

The game itself means nothing to the Lynx in terms of playoff seeding.

They're entrenched at No. 7 in the ECHL's South Division with no shot to move up or fall back.

But that doesn't mean the game isn't important.

The Lynx, as a No. 7 seed, will face the No. 2 seed in the first round of the ECHL Kelly Cup playoffs.

That No. 2 seed will more than likely be the same team they'll face tonight.

"We've got a lot of respect for them," Lynx coach Bob Ferguson said after his team lost to the Stingrays 6-0 on Tuesday. "They play a pretty good disciplined game."

The blowout loss was more one-sided than any other meeting between the two teams this season.

The Stingrays, based in Charleston, S.C., have won six out of nine games against the Lynx this season.

Though the odds are in the visiting team's favor to take the final regular season game and the best-of-five, first-round playoff series, Lynx all-star defenseman Adrian Veideman said the postseason doesn't always follow the regular season trend.

"It's like a fresh start for us," said Veideman, who is only the second Augusta player to be named to the ECHL's All-Rookie Team. "The playoffs is the most exciting time of the year. All the guys know that, and we'll be ready."

Tonight's game will feature a Fan Appreciation Night.

Reach Billy Byler at (803) 648-1395 or billy.byler@augustachronicle.com


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