A First Place Battle Royale with Houston

At several points this year, I made note of various points in the schedule as games of significance for the Milwaukee Admirals.  However, tonight at Houston I get to be selfish as this game means little in the playoff picture.  With one loss neither team loses much ground.

Instead the Admirals and Aeros are playing to one up each other for first place in the West Division.  I am aware of the fact that Milwaukee has played four less games, which is crucial at this point in the year, but for one night these two clubs get a winner take all chance to battle for the top of the mountain  (Knowing the AHL, Houston will win tonight in a shootout or in overtime, making this a three point game and leaving the two squads tied).

But perhaps the most ironic twist of fate for both clubs comes after this game.  Each team’s next two games are against the San Antonio Rampage.  Milwaukee plays a pair at San Antonio on Wednesday and Friday, while Houston gets a home and home with the Rampage on Saturday and Sunday.

Currently San Antonio sits as the last team out of the Western Conference playoff picture, in sixth place in the West Division with 76 points.  Therefore Tuesday’s sparring partners could help out each other’s playoff hopes with wins over the Rampage.

So Roundtable, How much stock do you put into this one game, a winner take all contest between Houston and Milwaukee for the West Division lead?

Despite rooting against the Aeros tonight, will you be sporting fighter plane jerseys this weekend as Houston faces San Antonio?

4 thoughts on “A First Place Battle Royale with Houston”

  1. Not too worried about tonight. Having the games in hand, and the majority of the games at home will prove to help more down the road than 1 game on the road. Granted you always want to win the 4 point games, and the Admirals have been great on the road, so its hard to say which team will show up tonight. The one who played well for 11 seconds this last weekend, or the Road Warriors that have shown all season.

  2. Agreed with MiB. With the four games in hand, it’s not a big deal. I don’t mean to minimize the importance of this game or any other game this year, it’s just with the four games in hand, we can pick up a loss tonight in one of those four games and we’re back where we were before tonight’s game.

    With that said, Go Ads! Get the win :)

  3. Forgot a couple of other good storylines involving the game tonight. Houston’s third leading scorer is former Badgers scorer Robbie Earl. Earl was winger on the top line of Wisconsin’s National Championship winning 2005-2006 squad, and the only member of that line (Adam Burish and Joe Pavelski were the other members) who hasn’t found a fulltime NHL job.
    This will be Milwaukee’s first matchup with Houston since goaltender Anton Khudobin was traded east to the Providence Bruins. Matt Hackett is has taken over the starting the spot.
    One of my favorite former Admirals and Predators, Jed Ortmeyer occupies an important leadership role with the Aeros. Ortmeyer’s picture on the AHL’s website remains his mug shot from his days with the Nashville Predators organization: http://theahl.com/stats/player.php?id=1623.

  4. It is a big game. Winning outright would be good for Milwaukee’s playoff position. Earl has been a bit of a goon for Houston. His scoring ability has suffered because of it. That is why he isn’t in the NHL. He has 44 points and 38 PIMs in 58 games. He scores on less than 10% of his shots on goal, about the same as Jon Blum or Andreas Thuresson. With Qdoba gone, Milwaukee should win.

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