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K's minus 2 = playoffs

As we look forward to the playoffs, which could see the Komets play Colorado, Rapid City or Bloomington -- and we probably won't know which until Sunday -- we can start trying to guess at some difficult decisions.

The Komets can carry only 19 players on their playoff roster, not including forward Tom Mele, who counts as one of the two amateurs the team is allowed to carry. So, Fort Wayne will have to leave two players who have made contributions this season off the roster.

Conventional wisdom suggests one will be a defenseman, since the Komets have eight. I can guarantee, assuming they are healthy, that the one blue-liner won't be Guy Dupuis, Frankie DeAngelis, Matt Krug, Michael Ratchuk or Craig Cescon.

So that leaves Dustin Molle, Brandon Warner or Bobby Phillips. Who would you leave off?

As for the forwards, I would have to believe the odd man out will come down to Jon Mirasty or Artem Podshendyalov. Again, what do you think?

We may know a lot more after tonight, when the Komets take on Colorado.

Click here to read about the weekend's games. And columnist Ben Smith had this story.

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at