Admirals Release Nightingale, Reassign Rissling to Cincinnati

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Jared Nightingale provided the Admirals a veteran touch on defense in a desperate time. That’s basically been the story of his entire season as he’s played for four different AHL teams on PTO contracts. (Photo Credit: Scott Paulus)

The Milwaukee Admirals defense looks set to be getting bodies back soon. Jimmy Oligny has been cleared for game action and was actually a healthy scratch last game with the team electing it best to give him this current week off to prepare for his return back Friday night against the Grand Rapids Griffins. Johan Alm has also returned to skating and could be coming back soon enough, as well.

The result of these updates, combined with a potential Ian White and Anthony Bitetto return to the Admirals at some point, are probably what signaled the moves that followed Saturday night’s game. Jared Nightingale was released from his PTO contract with the Admirals and Jaynen Rissling was reassigned to the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL.

Nightingale made the Admirals his fourth AHL pit stop of the 2014-15 season. He had previously played with the Hartford Wolf Pack, Norfolk Admirals, and Grand Rapids Griffins in addition to some time with the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL. In his time with the Admirals he played in 6 games, didn’t score a point of offense, had a plus/minus rating of -2, and 4 penalty minutes.

Rissling paired with the veteran Nightingale during his first ever taste of the AHL. Rissling had spent his entire 2014-15 campaign with the Cyclones until the injury spell in the organizations up top got him the look up here in Milwaukee. He played in 5 games, didn’t score, also had a -2 rating, and -also- had 4 penalty minutes.

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The Chatterbox, Vol. 70

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Photographic proof that yesterday’s game was like watching a car crash. (Photo Credit: Jeff Hanisch)

Last night’s 4-2 loss meant that the Midwest Division currently stands with three teams locked in first place of the division with 66 points. As far as tie-breaks go: With more overall wins the Grand Rapids Griffins are out in front for the first time all season. The Milwaukee Admirals sit second. And the Rockford IceHogs, having played a game more than both the Griffins and Admirals, are third.

I don’t even think there is much to say at this point when it comes to Admirals performances against the Iowa Wild. It is mind cripplingly savage to understand the question of how the AHL’s worst team, consistently all season, is so successful against the Admirals – a top four Western Conference team. The Wild have won 18 games all season and have won 5 games against the Admirals… that’s 27.7% of their overall win total coming at the expense of the Admirals.

If we get to playoff time sitting second, third, or -heaven forbid- lower in the Midwest Division you’ll end up gawking back at the should haves on the season. Every single defeat to the Iowa Wild has been a should have. There’s really no excuse as to coming up empty and doing the better majority of it on home ice, to boot.

January was the rebound month for the Admirals. Things got back on track after a horrific month of December. Right now the Admirals have won just one game in their last six while pulling back four points from a possible twelve. It’s actually quite fortunate that the IceHogs have been hit and miss along with us. It’s allowed the Griffins, who are hot, to jump into the mix.

What the Admirals may need more than anything is their “want to get away” time off from playing. That’s precisely what the schedule will allow for this next week. The Admirals don’t play again until Friday. The bodies will get a good rest. The minds can check out for a little bit. And the team can get back to it with their sights firmly planted on the newly first placed Griffins in front of a big time concert night crowd.

After the game I spoke with Dean Evason, Austin Watson, and Zach Budish. Here is what they had to say following the game.

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Wild Best The Ads Again; lose 4-2

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Kevin Fiala had a hand in both the Admirals goals but the team came on the wrong side of the Iowa Wild yet again at home. (Photo Credit: Jeff Hanisch)

The Admirals lost 4-2 against the Iowa Wild Saturday night. It was an all-around sloppy performance for the Admirals who, yet again, find themselves on the losing end of a game against the AHL’s worst team by record the Wild. The Admirals have lost three out of four times to the Wild on home ice this season.

“They’re kind of our Achilles heel or kryptonite,” said Austin Watson. “They work. We know that no matter what they’re situation is with their players, who is up – who is down, that they’re going to come out and work. Unfortunately we haven’t met that work quite enough.”

Iowa got the game’s opening goal in the second period. Brady Brassart appeared to enter the zone slightly offside as he fed back to Kurtis Gabriel. The pass back allowed Brassart to skate around Jaynen Rissling and receive the return feed with only Marek Mazanec in front of him. Brassart’s shot to the near post fooled Mazanec and beat him for his fifth goal of the season.

The middle of the second period became scramble mode for the Admirals. They faced back-to-back five-on-three power-plays for the Wild and conceded from the first opportunity. After Austin Watson blocked a shot in a place that no man wants to block a shot, the puck fell forward to Zack Mitchell on the left wing side of the net and he had a clean passing lane for a tap-in shot by Tyler Graovac on the back door of Mazanec. It was Graovac’s seventeenth goal of the season.

In need of some type of jolt to the system Rich Clune took things into his own hands. With the second period winding down Clune ran into Justin Falk after a whistle and Ian Schultz made the breakup leading to a fight. I give the edge in that bout firmly to Clune. Both were swinging wildly, pun not intended, but Clune got some in with the takedown. He left the ice waving his arms up and getting the crowd the life it was lacking through two frames.

After a stiff arm styled high stick from the young upstart Ruslan Fedotenko – the Admirals were able to draw back a goal on the power-play to make it a 2-1 game. Kevin Fiala made a perfect wing-to-wing feed that Viktor Arvidsson unleashed his wrath upon with a slap shot. Johan Gustafsson had no chance on the blocker side to prevent Arvidsson’s seventeenth goal of the season.

Having read my quip, Fedotenko decided to score his first goal since joining the Wild on a PTO contract and restore Iowa’s two goal cushion. Greg Wolfe was able to jar a puck free on the forecheck and skate in-behind the net and deliver a pass to Fedotenko on the doorstep of goal on the left wing. It was the Ukrainian’s first goal in North America since 4/6/13 as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers.

With the third period dragging towards its finish the Admirals were given successive chances on the power-play. On the latter chance, Iowa managed to break in numbers shorthanded. It would turn to be an awful mistake for them as the Admirals broke straight back with a three-on-one. Colton Sissons and Viktor Stalberg managed to juggle around the puck before Fiala popped home his seventh goal of the season to close the gap back to a one goal game with five minutes remaining in regulation.

The Admirals pulled Mazanec in favor of the extra attacker with a minute and a half remaining. Still not liking my snarky comment, Fedotenko scored the empty netter to seal this game at its 4-2 final. The defeat for the Admirals is their third straight and the win for Iowa snaps their seven game losing streak.

Ramblings: The Iowa Wild were without John Curry to back up tonight so it meant an emergency goaltender was needed. Jeff Dotson, goalie coach to the Junior Admirals, was their man. Tonight’s scratches for the Admirals were Joe Piskula (lower-body), Ian White (family), Miikka Salomaki (upper-body), Jimmy Oligny (right knee), and Johan Alm. The good news was that prior to the game Oligny participated in pre-game warm ups and is close to making his return to game action.

Thoughts on tonight’s performance? What is it with the Iowa Wild? Why are the Admirals unable to secure points against them on home ice?

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The Chatterbox, Vol. 69

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Rich Clune has been spending his time in Milwaukee wisely and it’s getting results for both himself and the team. (Photo Credit: Scott Paulus)

Prior to tonight’s game I stopped off for practice at the MSOE Kern Center. When I found out that only Johan Alm, Jimmy Oligny, and Magnus Hellberg were there (it was an optional practice) I decided it be best to turn back to the locker room and hear from the rest of the team.

First things first there are some small notes: Ian White will not be with the team again today as he remains with family following the passing of his grandmother. Anthony Bitetto was a scratch in today’s Nashville Predators game and will therefore not be with the Admirals tonight either.

I caught up with Dean Evason, Rich Clune, Mike Liambas, and Kevin Fiala. Here is what they had to say ahead of tonight’s game against the Iowa Wild.

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Wild: Scouting the Enemy

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Dear Iowa: Look away. Viktor Arvidsson is coming. (Photo Credit: Scott Paulus)

I’m not sure if I want to tempt fate by saying this -but- after the Milwaukee Admirals have suffered two pretty rough results it is pleasant that we’ll be seeing a team like the Iowa Wild tonight. They are entering this game on a seven game losing streak and are the worst team in the AHL by a firm 10 points. What could possibly go wrong?

10/17/14 @ Iowa: W, 4-3
10/18/14 @ Iowa: W, 4-0
10/29/14 vs. Iowa: L, 4-2
11/12/14 vs. Iowa: L, 3-2
11/23/14 @ Iowa: L, 2-1 (SO)
12/29/14 @ Iowa: L, 3-2 (OT)
1/23/15 vs. Iowa: W, 4-3

Yeah, it’s not been a kind head-to-head at all. In fact I would go as far to say that the Wild look on par with the Admirals each and every time we’ve seen them play this season. So odd considering their 17-36-1-1 (36 points) record. It wasn’t until last time out that the Admirals managed to beat the Wild on home ice and, even then, it was a tight contest.

~The Current Run of Form~

This seven game losing streak that the Wild are on right now matches the one that the Admirals had back in December. Fortunately for them, the top honor for a losing streak is still out of reach. The Toronto Marlies had a nine game losing streak in November.

During the losing streak the Wild have been outscored 25-11, their power-play has gone 5.3% (1/19), and their penalty kill has gone 78.9% (15/19). They have been onwards and upwards in shots per game though: averaging 31 shots per game in the losing streak while allowing an average of 27 shots per game.

When looking in net during this time you’ll have seen three different goalies: Darcy Kuemper, John Curry, and Johan Gustafsson. Kuemper has since been brought back up to the Minnesota Wild leaving the usual tandem of Gustafsson and Curry for Iowa.

~Missing Pieces~

The team that has given the Admirals some problems here and there will be without some key figures on the ice tonight. Injuries up top have meant Iowa have lost out on players such as Michael Keränen, Jordan SchroederMatt Dumba, and their team captain this season Stéphane Veilleux.

Not having Schroeder and Keränen is pretty big in this match-up. Schroeder leads the Wild in scoring against the Admirals this season with 7 points (2 goals, 5 assists). Keränen has had 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists). This will mean big nights required for Tyler GraovacZack Mitchell, and Danny Syvret.

~The Admirals End of the Equation~

Ian White missed the last game due to the loss of his grandmother. This meant Mike Liambas stepping into an old role he hadn’t played in a long time, defense. He looked actually pretty good back there but I’m sure the team would prefer keeping a core of six defensemen. I’m not certain on White’s status heading into this game but, with Mike Santorelli and Cody Franson now with the Nashville Predators, there is a good chance that Anthony Bitetto should be set to re-join the ranks soon enough. Perhaps even by 7pm tonight enough. That would be a nice addition as Bitetto’s 7 assists against the Wild lead the Admirals in head-to-head scoring.

Speaking of which, Viktor Arvidsson may have only seen this Wild team 7 times this season but he has scored 6 goals against them – including a hat trick. Austin Watson follows him up in head-to-head scoring with 6 points (4 goals, 2 assists).

Colton Sissons‘ current scoring binge has been huge. If you were looking for players to step up following Brendan Leipsic‘s trade out to Toronto take a gander at the work of Sissons of late. Since the calendar turned to 2015 Sissons has produced 17 points (11 goals, 6 assists) in 21 games.

Another name that’s stepping up since the Leipsic trade is Kevin Fiala. Why? A combination of his comfort level improving and him being directly slotted into Leipsic’s role on the ice. He’s getting solid power-play time on Leipsic’s spot on the right wing half-wall and has 5 points (3 goals, 2 assists) in his last three games.

In net against the Wild this season it has been all Marek Mazanec. The Czech has played seven games against Iowa to the lone appearance by Magnus Hellberg. Mazanec has a 2.50 goals against average, 0.911 save percentage, and a shutout. Hellberg’s lone game against the Wild resulted in an 18/19 save performance in an overtime loss.

I’ll be attending morning skate ahead of today’s game. It’s at 8:30am at the MSOE Kern Center – which means open to the public. There will be no Frédérick Gaudreau in attendance as he was returned to the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL since last game. Expect an update on line combinations and other ramblings prior to puck drop tonight.


Practice this morning was optional and only Johan Alm, Jimmy Oligny, and a single netminder – Hellberg – participated. White will not be with the team tonight and nor will Bitetto. This means another game with Liambas on defense.

Expectations for tonight’s game? Why have the Iowa Wild played the Admirals so tightly this season?

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Admirals Stunned By Griffins; lose 4-3 in OT

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Andy Miele scored with 0.4 seconds remaining in regulation to push the game to overtime – where he would seal the comeback off with another goal. (Photo Credit: Robert Wilcox)

The Admirals lost 4-3 in overtime against the Grand Rapids Griffins on the road Wednesday night. It was a matter of less than a second between the Admirals winning and the Griffins six game point streak coming to an end tonight. Instead, Any Miele scored in the last second and in overtime to steal the win in Grand Rapids tonight.

It took a little less than four minutes for the home side to get on the board. Andy Miele broke into the zone on the right wing and passed over to Mark Zengerle who passed over to Martin Frk. The Czech native gathered up the pass on the left wing and hammered a shot top shelf past Magnus Hellberg for his second goal of the season.

In the final minute of the first period the Admirals popped in a rebounder. Colton Sissons made the initial play in front of the net and his drive to the puck helped clear out Nick Jensen and Kevin Porter which lead to a loose puck chance for Rich Clune directly in front of Jared Coreau in net. Clune’s initial backhanded shot was stopped but his follow up came with Coreau down and out with no chance to save the follow up. The goal is Clune’s fifth of the season with the Admirals.

The second period started off with the Admirals taking a 2-1 lead. Garrett Noonan’s wrister from the left point seemed to go in from long range past the net front screen of Sissons. As it happens, the scorers decided that Sissons in fact got a piece of the puck as it traveled in. That makes it nineteen goals on the season for him and his fourth in his last five games.

Grand Rapids would respond off of a rather similarly worked play. Jakub Kindl managed to pound a slap shot from the blue line that found a lane through traffic to beat Hellberg in net and make it a 2-2 game. For Kindl it is his first goal scored in the AHL this season.

The Admirals followed that goal by the Griffins up with one of their own less than two minutes later. Kevin Fiala made a swooping play behind the net and snapped around with a wrister on the right wing that beat Coreau on the near post. The sneaky shot gave Fiala his fifth goal since joining the Admirals.

In the third period the Admirals attempted to park the bus and defend their 3-2 lead. It almost worked. As a matter of fact they were 0.4 seconds from winning at that scoreline. Unfortunately, following a late tripping call by Jonathan Diaby, Andy Miele caught a rebound off a Porter shot in front of the net to score on the power-play and send the game to overtime.

With three-on-three looming in the distance the Griffins secured the victory off of, guess who, Miele. Xavier Ouellet whirled a puck on net and Miele caught the shot to deflect it past Hellberg for his second goal of the night and seventeenth of the season. The Griffins point streak went to seven games. It was 0.4 seconds away from stopping cold on home ice at the hands of the Admirals.

That third period by the Admirals was the backbreaker. There were next to no offensive attacks established, created, or generated and it ended up with a period shot total of 15-3 in the Griffins favor. With the Admirals defense as depleted as it was coming in. To reply on it as heavily as they did in the third period was begging for the Griffins to attack and score the equalizer or more. They’re too good of a team to allow that much puck possession regardless of how well the Admirals blocked shots tonight. The defensive approach in that period on forward cost the Admirals the win and gave the Griffins two solid points when they should have finished the night with none.

Ramblings: Prior to the game the Admirals received Viktor Stålberg from the Nashville Predators. In addition, Frédérick Gaudreau was called up from the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL. Also, defenseman Ian White missed tonight’s game due to the passing of his grandmother. For the first time in a long time it meant Mike Liambas slotting into defense. Tonight’s scratches were Miikka Salomaki (upper-body), Frédérick Gaudreau (healthy), Joe Piskula (lower-body), Ian White (family emergency), Jimmy Oligny (right knee), and Johan Alm (left wrist). In the first period, Griffins defenseman Brennan Evans suffered a groin injury and did not return to the contest.

Thoughts on tonight’s game? How frustrating was the third period effort by the Admirals? Where did the offense go? How did you feel Mike Liambas played on defense for the Admirals tonight?

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Griffins: Scouting the Enemy

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When all else fails against the Grand Rapids Griffins – just try sitting on top of them. If it’s good enough for Ian White it is good enough for you! (Photo Credit: Mark Newman)

Here is your positive to last night’s negative result. The Admirals have a quick turn-around and a chance to rebound tonight. Sounds great on paper but games in Grand Rapids have been hit and miss for the Admirals. They lost 4-2 in their first visit but were in cruise control with a 4-0 shutout in their last trip. What will we get tonight? Let’s find out.

The Grand Rapids Griffins have a record of 27-17-5-1 (60 points) which is good for third place in the Midwest Division. That’s correct, the Griffins have managed to leap past the Chicago Wolves in the divisional standings and big reason as to how is because in their last ten games the Griffins have pulled off a 7-1-2-0 (16 points) record including a point scoring streak of six games – dating all the way back to when the Admirals shut them out..

During this current six game run for the Griffins they have outscored opponents 24-17, averaged 32.0 shots per game, and averaged 27.8 shots allowed per game. Their power-play has gone 4/21 and, even better, their penalty kill has gone a perfect 18/18.

Some good news is that the Griffins will be without the AHL’s top scorer Teemu Pulkkinen tonight. He was called up to the Detroit Red Wings yesterday. The “Holy Slapper” has scored 57 points (30 goals, 27 assists) in 44 AHL games for the Griffins this season. He was second on the Griffins in scoring in the head-to-head match up against the Admirals with 3 points (2 goals, 1 assist) in 4 games. His NHL stat-line has 1 goal and 2 penalty minutes in 6 games of work.

So, incredible Pulk. What does that mean for the Griffins in the scoring department? Oddly enough, the first three names that came to mind as guys to watch out for all follow Pulkkinen on the Griffins team scoring list: Andy Miele, 46 points (15 goals, 31 assists)… Mitch Callahan, 38 points (16 goals, 22 assists)… Landon Ferraro, 28 points (20 goals, 8 assists). All of these guys play great and it wouldn’t surprise me in the least to see them in the scoresheet later tonight. Idea, don’t let them do it.

Remember when I said good news Pulkkinen up? I deviously neglected some other news that came with that roster move. Petr Mrázek, known Admiral killer, has been reassigned to the Griffins. My reaction is something along these lines.

What’s to fear about Mrázek against the Admirals? Here is his career line in the match-up: 11 games, 7-3-0-1 record, 1.66 goals against average, 0.934 save percentage, and 2 shutouts. Yeah. I’m begging for Tom McCollum or, even the man who shutout the Admirals not too long ago, Jared Coreau. Anything but Mrázek please. Players like himself and Pulkkinen belong up in the NHL anyways.

Expectations for tonight? Will it matter who the Grand Rapids Griffins put in net? Who should the Admirals counter with in net for tonight’s game?

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The Chatterbox, Vol. 68

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A white hot Calvin Pickard meant that not even an equally white hot Triston Grant could extend his goal scoring streak last night. (Photo Credit: Scott Paulus)

As always following an Admirals game, my drive home from the BMO Harris Bradley Center to Racine allows for some reflection time on the game and what all happened. The more I thought on tonight’s 3-2 loss to the Lake Erie Monsters the more I just feel the need to tip my cap to Calvin Pickard and prepare for tomorrow’s road game against the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Pickard has long been dominant against the Admirals but his 35-save effort tonight has to rank among his best that I’ve seen him put up against the team. There were outright highlight reel saves but more importantly plenty of saves where he wasn’t allowing second or third chance opportunities. It took a Colton Sissons mini-break and a Mark Van Guilder rebound tally with an extra attacker on the ice for the Admirals to solve him. Outside of that he was a wall in net.

Chet’s brother has played the Admirals ten times in his career. Calvin has a record of 7-1-0-1 against the Admirals with a 2.28 goals against average and 0.909 save percentage. If not for the beating he took in net last season when he allowed six goals to the Admirals. It would be even better.

After the game I spoke with Dean Evason, Pontus Åberg, Jonathan Diaby, and Marek Mazanec. Here is what they had to say following the loss Tuesday night.

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Power Outage; Admirals fall 3-2

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It was kind of like this. (Photo Credit: Scott Paulus)

The Admirals lost 3-2 against the Lake Erie Monsters Tuesday night. The story of the night was an Admirals power-play that went 0/6 and allowed a shorthanded goal to boot. Even though the Admirals outshot Lake Erie 37-18 they lost for the fifteenth time in regulation this season.

“It’s frustrating,” said Milwaukee Admirals head coach Dean Evason. “[Calvin Pickard] competed his butt off. He’s done that to us before. It looked early like he was fighting the puck and then as the period went on, first second and third, we went in thinking we’re not going to score on him. He was just on. We had some amazing looks. You throw that many pucks at the net you think you’re going to get rewarded in some way. He did a good job.”

Colton Sissons scored his eighteenth goal of the season to open up tonight’s game. Kevin Fiala hit Sissons with a feed in stride as he broke into the attacking zone. He was able to catch Calvin Pickard going low and beat him high glove side on the near post for the goal. Since the turn to the 2015 side of the calendar Sissons has scored ten goals.

After a hooking call against Jared Nightingale the Monsters managed to level things up through the first period. Joey Hishon was able to net his twelfth goal of the season but he paid a price to do it. He crashed into Jaynen Rissling’s elbow head behind the net after driving in on goal. Hishon stayed down on his stomach for a while before being assisted off the ice by Lake Erie’s athletic trainer Brent Woodside. He would return in the second period.

There was plenty of physical and post-whistle antics in the meeting between these two on Sunday. That was no exception tonight either. Triston Grant and Daniel Maggio locked horns after a spectacular save was made in net by Pickard to deny Mark Van Guilder a goal. Grant won the fight and ended up receiving an additional roughing minor for his troubles.

Whilst skating even at four-on-four – the Monsters took their first lead of the game in the second period. Michael Schumacher was able to secure a rebound off of Marek Mazanec and throw in his sixth goal of the season to make it a 2-1 game.

In the third period the Admirals allowed their sixth shorthanded goal of the season. Pontus Aberg was unable to hold the puck on the blue line and Kenny Ryan stabbed it loose and was off to the races down the right wing. He finished off the shorthanded breakaway for his eighth goal of the season.

“I don’t know,” smirked Evason when questioned on the recent record of shorthanded goals allowed by the Admirals. “It was a tough puck tonight but clearly our awareness has to be better.”

With 3:50 remaining in regulation the team went empty net to bring on the extra attacker extra early to push. They burned their timeout with 2:12 remaining and, only seven seconds later, Van Guilder buried his seventh goal of the season off a rebound to make it 3-2.

The net emptied yet again with 2:01 remaining and, despite a solid push with the extra attacker on, it resulted in nothing. Pickard shut the door to hold the Admirals at the final score of 3-2.

“Clearly you have to learn from not getting the results here tonight,” said Evason. “But we have to take a lot of positives out of tonight’s hockey game. The way we put pucks to the net these last two hockey games we’ve had tremendous opportunities to score. We just didn’t tonight.”

Ramblings: Prior to the game there were a pair of roster moves made. Joe Pendenza was recalled from the Cincinnati Cyclones while Anthony Bitetto was recalled to the Nashville Predators. Tonight’s scratches for the Admirals were Miikka Salomaki (upper-body), Joe Piskula (lower-body), Jimmy Oligny (right knee), and Johan Alm (left wrist). In the first period, Jonathan Diaby took a puck to the mouth after a shot rolled up his stick and into his face. He did return in the second period.

Thoughts on tonight’s game? What is the issue with the Admirals power-play? Was this a matter of tipping your cap to Calvin Pickard and getting on with things tomorrow night?

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Bitetto Back To Nashville

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This is Anthony Bitetto. Some people call him Jeter. And by some people I mean me. (Photo Credit: Scott Paulus)

The roster move train keeps on rolling. The Nashville Predators have recalled Anthony Bitetto ahead of their game tonight against the San Jose Sharks. It’s his third call up of the season.

When I spoke to Bitetto after Sunday’s game he was battling flu-like symptoms and was a game-time decision. He played, and looked his usual self on the ice. His work load in the NHL to date has seen him log 4 games with a plus/minus rating of -1 with 7 penalty minutes. His flight into Nashville made it despite the unusually Wisconsin-like weather going on down there at the moment. He will play in place of Anton Volchenkov tonight.

The lack of Bitetto for Milwaukee tonight should simply mean rotating in Jaynen Rissling again. I would expect the exact same line pairings on defense with his inclusion. That would mean seeing Rissling pair with Jared Nightingale once again. I was pleasantly surprised by how both gelled so quickly into the Admirals system.

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