Beyond the Bradley Center: Meet Me Tonight in Oklahoma City

2012-2013 Milwaukee Admirals: 12 G.P., 6-6-0-0–12 pts., 34 goals scored, 34 goals allowed, 10th place in the Western Conference. Leading scorer: Taylor Beck (3 goals, 9 assists, 12 points).

Best Recent Win: Nov. 10, 4-2 over Rockford. Worst Recent Loss: No. 7, 4-2 to Grand Rapids. Key Upcoming Matchup: Nov. 16-17 vs. Oklahoma City.

As Al Michaels said for the Miracle on Ice game, “For people who don’t know the difference between a blue line and clothesline, its irrelevant.”

This weekend is about as close as the AHL gets. If you don’t really follow the AHL, and only the NHL, Oklahoma City carries a roster full of NHL-worthy talent, with huge prospects like Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle and Justin Schultz.

Do we all wish these games were in Milwaukee? I know I would. Milwaukee only sees the Barons four times this season, and not until January 5 at the Bradley Center. Most hockey fans like myself think the lockout will be over by then, but then again after this past weekend…

Still Milwaukee comes into these games on a huge high after creaming Chicago and getting the one of the world’s heaviest monkeys off their back against Rockford. Still the Wednesday morning game at Grand Rapids was a little bit disheartening. I think we all are looking for a little consistency out of the Admirals, considering this is the team’s first winning streak.

Last year I thought these games were a little bit of a turning point for the club. Mired in a funk in January and February, Milwaukee played very well against the top team in the Western Conference, splitting two games in what easily could have been a sweep. We will see if Milwaukee can keep the winning streak alive tonight in Oklahoma City.

So Roundtable . . . How do you see Milwaukee faring in Oklahoma City? Is three points to much to ask for? Can the Admirals’ blueline stack up against the Barons?

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