Wild: Scouting the Enemy

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Remember when Patrick Cehlin channeled his inner Admirals/Predators fandom and dropped the gloves with Jonathon Blum? Me too! (Photo Credit: Jeff Hanisch)

The Iowa Wild are entering tonight’s game with a record of 26-32-6-4 (62 points). They are at the bottom of the Midwest Division and Western Conference. The only two teams in the AHL that are worse in terms of points this season are the Portland Pirates (58 points) and  Adirondack Phantoms (56 points).

Iowa’s last game played was on Wednesday in Grand Rapids where they were beaten up 6-1. It marked the ninth time this season where they allowed five or more goals in a game. It also provided one of the most gruesome selfies you’ll see any time soon courtesy of Mitch Callahan of the Griffins. I’ll be honest – graphic – click here if you are so inclined – update from their team on his condition as well.

That loss to the Griffins was the team’s second straight loss and seventh defeat from their last ten games played. They have had a rough season – and playing the Admirals hasn’t exactly been great for them either.

Nov. 3 @ Iowa: W, 5-2
Nov. 16 @ Iowa: W, 1-0
Dec. 29 @ Iowa: W, 4-0
Jan. 6 vs. Iowa: W, 4-3 (SO)
Jan. 31 @ Iowa: W, 3-2 (OT)
Feb. 14 vs. Iowa: L, 3-1
Feb. 28 vs. Iowa: W, 9-1
Mar. 12 vs. Iowa: L, 3-2

In eight games the Admirals have gone 6-2-0-0 (12 points) against the Wild.

Scott Darling, who is freshly removed from a 36-save shutout against the Chicago Wolves on Tuesday, has played the Wild twice and shut them out each time: 65-65 in save attempts. Marek Mazanec has taken part in four games, split them in wins and losses, has a 2.49 GAA, and a 0.902 SV%.

The top two scorers of the match up are Bryan Rodney and Miikka Salomaki. Rodney has tallied 8 points (3 goals, 5 assists) and Salomaki has produced 8 points (1 goal, 7 assists). Of the players in camp right now – Austin Watson has the most goals against the Wild with 4 goals from eight games… the other tied with that same total is Colton Sissons.

Meanwhile, the Wild’s top scorer in the season head-to-head with Milwaukee is former-Admiral Brad Winchester. He has played in nine games against the Admirals this season thanks to his move from Rockford to Iowa: 3 points (2 goals, 1 assist) in seven games with Rockford… 1 assist in two games with Iowa.

The current goaltending group for the Wild includes Johan Gustafsson and Cody Reichard.

Gustafsson has played in thirty-six games this season, has twelve wins, a 2.97 GAA, 0.906 SV%, and one shutout. He has played the most games against the Admirals for the Wild this season: six games, one win, 3.11 GAA, and a 0.884 SV%.

Reichard was signed to a PTO contract from the Orlando Solar Bears yesterday. This season he has played in twenty games in the ECHL, won thirteen games, had a 3.18 GAA, and a 0.903 SV%. He last played in the AHL when this same team was called the Houston Aeros during the 2012-13 season: seven games, three wins, 2.41 GAA, and a 0.910 SV%.

To get an additional bang for your buck to prep for today’s game – check out yesterday’s team practice round up and interviews in the Chatterbox.

Thoughts on tonight’s game? Can the Admirals continue their success against the Wild? Should the Admirals play any of the new faces that were brought in recently against an opponent like the Wild?

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