At this point of the season, it doesn't matter who you play, just as long as you still are playing.
The Tri-City Americans will face U.S. Division rival Spokane in the Western Conference semifinals starting Friday at Toyota Center.
"We knew it would be a tough first series, and we expect that again with Spokane," Tri-City coach Jim Hiller said. "It would have been no different had it had been Vancouver."
Game 2 of the best-of-7 series will be Saturday at Toyota Center, while Games 3 and 4 will be April 11 and 13 at Spokane Arena.
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If necessary, Game 5 would be April 14 at Toyota Center, Game 6 on April 16 at Spokane, and Game 7 on April 18 at Toyota Center.
All games will start at 7:05 p.m.
The Americans advanced out of the first round with a 4-0 sweep of the Everett Silvertips.
Though Tri-City advanced, the series cost them two players to season-ending injuries.
Drydn Dow suffered a broken right arm in Game 2, while Jesse Mychan had his right Achilles tendon severed in Game 3.
Mychan will have surgery today.
Also, Marcus Messier will miss an undetermined amount of time after a concussion suffered in Game 4.
The Chiefs rallied from a 2-0 series deficit to beat the Vancouver Giants 4-2.
Spokane lost leading scorer Brendan Kichton for the remainder of the playoffs to a broken jaw in Game 1.
This is the fifth time the teams have met in the playoffs.
The Chiefs have won four of the five series, including an epic 4-3 series in 2008, where five games went to overtime, and three of them to double overtime.
Last year, Spokane beat Tri-City 4-2 in the Western Conference semifinals.
But this is a new year.
Tri-City has played Spokane 15 times this season. The Americans beat the Chiefs in three preseason games, and finished 8-4 against their Highway 395 rival this season.
"We know them very well, and they know us," Hiller said. "I don't think there will be too many surprises come our way. We will do what we have done from Game 1 this season -- do what we do and not worry about what they do."
Notes: In the other Western Conference semifinal, Portland will take on Kamloops. In the Eastern Conference semis, Brandon plays Edmonton and Medicine Hat plays Moose Jaw. ... Portland's Ty Rattie was named WHL player of the week after scoring six goals with two assists in two games as the Winterhawks won twice on the road to sweep Kelowna in the first round.