When the puck drops Sunday afternoon at the Bradley Center, Milwaukee will try to do something that they haven’t all season—beat Chicago.
In the three prior meetings with the Wolves, the Admirals have found three different ways to drop games. It started with a 3-2 loss in overtime at home on October 15, then a 3-2 shootout defeat the next night in Chicago, and finally falling 4-3 in a regulation decision on October 24 at Allstate Arena.
For Milwaukee coach Lane Lambert, the first step toward knocking off Chicago starts with better netminding.
“We have to get good goaltending,” Lambert said. “I feel like we should have won two out of the three games against the Wolves, but we didn’t get saves when we needed them.”
Lambert also believes that a consistent effort against Chicago will go a long way toward getting that first win against last year’s West Division champs.
“We have to string a full 60 minutes together against them,” Lambert said. “In the past we’ve had lulls and it hurt us on the scoreboard.”
Newly acquired Steve Begin, who played his first game with the Admirals against Chicago agrees with Lambert, but also believes Milwaukee needs to pay more attention to the little things.
“We made a lot of mistakes in that game,” Begin said. “But we can beat them if we skate for 60 minutes, have good communication on the ice and take care of the details.”