The Chatterbox, Vol. 43

Guess where that puck didn’t go? If you answered “the back of the net” you are correct. (Photo Credit: Scott Paulus)

The Admirals improved to an 8-2-0-0 (16 points) record with their 4-0 shutout against the Grand Rapids Griffins on Friday night. The win keeps them three points back of a red hot Rockford IceHogs team that is on a seven-game winning streak.

There are always loads of positives to divvy up after a performance such as the one the Admirals put up against the Griffins. The passing was stellar. The defense played very well in front of Magnus Hellberg – helping him to his eighth career AHL shutout. And the offense put up four goals.

If there were any negatives, it would be that Viktor Stålberg suffered a knee injury as a result of the hip check dished out by Brennan Evans. It was the final game of Stalberg’s conditioning assignment. He’s was due back with Nashville on Saturday. Rather than prepare for his return to an NHL lineup, when the Predators play against the St. Louis Blues Saturday night, he’ll instead no doubt get his knee evaluated for possible ligament damage as a result of the hit from Evans.

After the game I spoke with Dean Evason, Magnus Hellberg, Joe Pendenza, and Triston Grant. Here is what they all had to say after the Admirals 4-0 shutout victory.

Dean Evason on Hellberg earning time in net:

Evason speaks about the physical element of the game and the Ads response:

Evason provides on update on Stalberg following his injury in the second period:

Magnus Hellberg on getting into some of the physical elements of the game:

Hellberg talks about a stinger he received in the third period:

Hellberg on having his net flip up over him without a whistle to pause play:

Hellberg talks about his improvements from this season to last season:

Hellberg on his jersey being the highest auctioned off and the fans:

Joe Pendenza breaks down his goal:

Pendenza talks about his linemates, Clune and Liambas:

Pendenza on Viktor Arvidsson’s ability:

Pendenza describes the physical element of the game against the Griffins:

Triston Grant on playing his former team, the Griffins:

Grant talks about the Admirals adapting to different playing styles:

Grant on his former teammate Brennan Evans:

Grant on the Griffins playing tough to break their own losing streak:

Grant talks about the Midwest Division’s toughness element:

Comments from the comments? We are now ten-games into the Admirals season. Who has impressed you the most? Who has impressed you the least?

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