Nashville Acquires Bollig and Grosenick from San Jose

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The Nashville Predators have had a very active Sunday. They shutout the St. Louis Blues 4-0. They then made a trade which sent Pontus Åberg to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Mark Letestu before shipped him to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for a fourth round draft pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. Now the Predators have made a trade with AHL implications as they have acquired forward Brandon Bollig and goaltender Troy Grosenick from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a sixth round draft pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.

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Roadkilled; Admirals Lose 5-2 in Texas

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The Milwaukee Admirals lost 5-2 on the road against the Texas Stars at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Saturday night.

The Admirals started this four-game road trip with a 3-2 win against the Manitoba Moose. They end it having lost three consecutive games in regulation and conceding fourteen goals. They have now fallen to sixth place in the Central Division standings with twenty-one games remaining in the regular season.

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McKenna Keeps Shining; Admirals Lose 3-1 in Texas

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The Milwaukee Admirals lost 3-1 on the road against the Texas Stars at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Friday night.

This was close to being like the first meeting of the season against the Stars. Mike McKenna was nearly perfect in net for the Stars and he would only be beaten late by Trevor Murphy. McKenna has stopped all but one of the sixty-five shots he has faced against the Admirals in the two games played this past week. The Admirals have now lost their past two games and will need a rebound result tomorrow night.

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Stars: Scouting the Enemy

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It is probably safe to say that the Milwaukee Admirals will be flying from Winnipeg, Manitoba to Cedar Park, Texas with a massive chip on their shoulder. If it’s not that when they first played the Texas Stars back at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena that they played a very flat game and were shutout 1-0. If it’s not that they lost that last game against the Manitoba Moose 6-3. It’s that explosion that came after the last game that was the culmination of many months of repressed frustration that only needed an initiator named Brendan Lemieux to cause the rage to burst loose.

What the Admirals will be off of that moment will be fascinating to watch. Is that the sign of unraveling or the moment the team gets together and really shows a fighting spirit from now until the end of the season? What I think back to is the 2011-12 season when the Rockford IceHogs triggered a bench clearing brawl on 4/1/12. The Admirals would finish the season on a run of 6-1-0-1 and make it into the Calder Cup Playoffs as the fifth seed. The playoffs are worked far differently now and the rallying point for the Admirals is to push through the gauntlet and start moving their way up into the Central Division standings. The time to channel those frustrations and emotions the right way begins this weekend against in Texas.

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Bad Blood; Admirals Lose 6-3 in Manitoba

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The Milwaukee Admirals lost 6-3 on the road against the Manitoba Moose at the Bell MTS Place on Wednesday night.

Things at home haven’t been great for the Central Division leaders but the Moose snapped their five-game home losing streak tonight. Yet, the skill displayed took a backseat to the lunacy of one Brendan Lemieux who triggered a brawl and subsequent goalie fight by taking a shot after the final horn sounded tonight.

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Fifteen with Fred Allard

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When looking back on the Nashville Predators 2016 NHL Draft it was clear that they were looking to reinvest into their defensive nucleus and broaden the depth at defense. Dante Fabbro was selected by the Predators with the seventeenth pick in the first round. Samuel Girard would be taken in the second round. And, from the third round to the end, the Predators would draft a further three defensemen.

In that mix would be defenseman Fred Allard who was the second of two draft picks for the Predators in the third round of the 2016 NHL Draft. He had just finished his third season with the Chicoutimi Saguenéens in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) which was a then career best: 59 points (14 goals, 45 assists) in 64 games. That would be bestest the very next season including a playoff run with Chicoutimi that was so good that he missed the opportunity to make his pro debut as a member of the Milwaukee Admirals at season’s end that would have saw him potentially link up with fellow Québécois defenseman Girard. He found his way to Milwaukee to start his professional career with the 2017-18 season. And he’s starting to make bigger splashes as a 20-year old AHL rookie.

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Teeth Grinder; Admirals Outlast Moose to 3-2 Win

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The Milwaukee Admirals won 3-2 on the road against the Manitoba Moose on Monday afternoon at Bell MTS Place.

After a dominant opening period it felt like Frédérick Gaudreau and the Admirals were on their way to a special afternoon on Family Day in Canada. Gaudreau netted two goals in the first period but the Admirals would be forced to cling to their opening three goal first period all the way to the final horn. Anders Lindbäck and company managed to thwart a massive push from the Moose in the third period to secure the victory this afternoon in Manitoba.

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Moose: Scouting the Enemy

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Happy Family Day – in Canada. The Milwaukee Admirals begin the first of two games on the road against the Manitoba Moose this afternoon at 2:00 PM CST. The Admirals had their five-game point streak come to an end on Saturday afternoon with a 1-0 shutout loss at the hands of the Texas Stars. What the Admirals now actually have is a two-game winless skid that rolls into the Bell MTS Place against a team that has been dominating the Western Conference almost from the start of the 2017-18 season. This will be a slugfest brought to you by the Moose. The Admirals desperately need to answer the bell from start to finish today and Wednesday if they are to manage points out of the first of this four-game road trip.

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Chatterbox, Vol. 255

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The Milwaukee Admirals were shutout 1-0 this afternoon by the Texas Stars. The loss snapped a five-game point streak and ended the last of a four-game homestand on a bit of a down note. Yet, if you were to really put this game under an electron microscope, I think you would be hard pressed to find too many glaring positives or negatives for either team. This was simply a grinding defensive game with a wild bounce resulting in the game’s only goal. The chances for either to generate quality chances, even from the power-play, were almost nonexistent.

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