There are a few ways you can look at this match-up. The last time the Admirals played two-games in Lake Erie they lost 4-2 and 6-1. But, hey, that was last season. This season the Admirals won their lone contest against the Monsters in a 2-1 shootout. I prefer to hope for the latter. We are on a seven game losing streak after all. Not sure any of us could handle results similar to those of last season.
It has been a long time since we’ve seen these divisional foes. With an extra game played, and the current losing streak plaguing the Admirals, the Lake Erie Monsters moved ahead of the Ads in the Midwest Standings on the weekend: 12-9-2-2 (28 points), 3rd in the Midwest, 8th in the Western Conference.
The current run of form that the Monsters are in has seen them go 7-2-1-0 (15 points) in their last 10 games. They lost 5-2 on home ice to the Rockford IceHogs in their last game. Prior to that they were on a six-game winning streak in which they outscored opponents 20-11.
~Who What Now?~
The Monsters are currently being lead in scoring by Colin Smith and Stefan Elliott with 17 points. Smith leads the team with 7 goals but there are 5 other players that have 6 goals for the Monsters this season: Kenny Ryan, Joey Hishon, Paul Carey, Maxim Noreau, and the aforementioned Elliott.
In net, the Monsters are currently rolling Sami Aittokallio and Roman Will since Calvin Pickard was called up to the Colorado Avalanche a week ago. Aittokallio lost his last outing but and has a 2.65 goals against average with a 0.918 save percentage in December. The last time Will started was on 11/30/14 when he picked up a win in Toronto by stopping 28/29 shots on goal.
As a team the Monsters have scored 10 more goals than the Admirals have this season. While that sounds great. They have a goal differential of -11 on the season: 73 goals forced, 82 goals allowed.
~Admirals Rumor Mill~
Patrick Cehlin was assigned to the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL on Sunday. Where does the roster move come from? Does it come from within? Perhaps not. Daren Millard of Sportsnet tweeted out last night that the Admirals have signed Ian White to a professional try-out contract.
If true, it is quite the interesting move for the Admirals when you consider that we saw the exodus of Scott Ford, Scott Valentine, Joonas Järvinen, Charles-Olivier Roussel, and Bryan Rodney after last season. Different situation from the off-season to today, sure. Still curious if the veteran defenseman White is brought on-board.
Thoughts on tonight’s game? Can the Admirals snap the losing streak tonight? What would the addition of a veteran defenseman change for this team?