After a win and a shootout loss at Abbotsford, the road weary Milwaukee Admirals return to the Midwest for the team’s first AHL staple–three game in three nights.
Friday night’s game marks Milwaukee’s third against Chicago (and second road contest) in October. The previous two match ups against the Wolves could not have gone better for the Admirals, with both resulting in Milwaukee victories–a 4-1 decision at home on October 14 followed up the next night by a 3-2 road triumph.
After the short visit to the Windy City, Milwaukee will return to Wisconsin for home cooking against Grand Rapids and Texas, Saturday and Sunday respectively.
Though the Admirals had a week to rest off the lengthy weekend, backing up a trip to Western Canada with a 3-in-3 slate (which includes a road game) should provide an early conditioning test for Milwaukee and more importantly show how comfortable coach Kirk Muller is with rolling four lines and separate goaltenders.
Count Ryan Thang as one of many Admirals that saw last weekend’s long trip as beneficial.
“The only thing I can compare (to the trip to Abbotsford) was heading up to Fairbanks to play Alaska back in college,” said Thang of the voyage that required changing planes in Seattle. “But it was good for us to get away for a bit and have a little bit of team building over the weekend.”
So Roundtable, How many points does Milwaukee need to earn for this weekend to be considered a success? With the travel would three be sufficient? Or are you looking for four or more?