Monsters: Scouting the Enemy

When last we met, the Lake Erie Monsters Colin Smith made Joe Piskula angry. (Photo Credit: Scott Paulus)

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.

~Monsters Rewind~

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 RyanJoey HishonPaul CareyMaxim 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.

~Random Stat~

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 ValentineJoonas JärvinenCharles-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?

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5 thoughts on “Monsters: Scouting the Enemy”

  1. Thought we had too many defense men that’s why we didn’t sign our veterans and players that the fans loved. Sorry but what kind of c$#p is this. And why didn’t we just sign Ford back before he went to SC. Something smells really bad

  2. You have to remember, it isn’t about what players the fans love. The Admirals, like every other team in the AHL, is a development team for an NHL team. The Admirals are affiliated with the Nashville Predators and the Predators have a large number of defense position prospects. There wasn’t much room left.

    Also remember, the secondary goal to developing players, as hard as it is to say it’s a secondary goal, is to win. You do everything you can to win. Scott Ford will be 35 on December 24th. No one is doubting he is a great leader, but dos one (almost) 35 year old who is a great leader with a ton of youngens put you in a better position to win than having another good leader, maybe a 30 year old veteran in addition and the youngens? I’m not sure it does.

  3. I don’t think age matters if he can play there are 40 years old in NHL. And in Milwaukee fans are different they have people for them to pay for tickets. Look at the numbers this year very down and no real enthusiasm. Which is really a shame.

  4. Sorry last text spell and forgot some words. Fans in Milwaukee love to see certain players on their team and will pay money just to be able to see their favorite player. There!!!

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