If your a Milwaukee Admirals player, all you might want for Christmas, other than a promotion up to Nashville, is for more games to be scheduled against Peoria.
The reasons go far beyond the obvious one–Milwaukee is 5-0-0-0 against the Rivermen this season, with all five wins coming in regulation.
1) Dating back five years in the series, the Admirals own a staggering 26-10-1-4 record against Peoria, in comparison to the Rivermen’s 15-23-1-2 vs. Milwaukee. Over the past five years at the Bradley Center, Milwaukee holds a even more stunning 14-2-1-3 record against Peoria.
2) Last season Milwaukee went 6-3-0-1 against a Peoria team that swept its first round AHL playoff series. The Admirals also won the teams’ last meeting a year ago (a 4-3 decision on April 9). The Rivermen’s last win in the series dates back to April 3, making it six in a row for Milwaukee. In those six wins, Milwaukee has averaged 3.5 goals. Meanwhile, the more offensively talented Rivermen have only averaged 1.5.
3) Milwaukee’s past five years records vs. other divisional foes: vs. Chicago 20-20-3-3, vs. Rockford 21-15-2-3, vs. Charlotte 1-2-0-1.
Those numbers show an obvious trend that Milwaukee simply plays well against Peoria.
Though it might get old for Admirals fans, Milwaukee would likely favor another four to seven meetings against the Rivermen this upcoming postseason. However, the current AHL playoff format sadly makes a postseason meeting between the two teams a little less likely than in years past.
PS. In case you are wondering, Milwaukee’s next game against Peoria, January 1st at the Bradley Center.