The Chatterbox, Vol. 54

Magnus Hellberg had his roughest outing of the season last night by allowed 5 goals from 17 shots. (Photo Credit: Scott Paulus)

These 2014-15 Milwaukee Admirals have been hit and miss but last night’s 6-2 thrashing at the hands of the Chicago Wolves was a big fat miss. The build up to the game was something to be excited about. The road trip seemed to boost the Admirals back on a better path to their brand of hockey. And, long before puck drop, the crowd was rocking.

Then the game starts. And it all slips away.

In the last seven home games the Admirals power-play is 0/27. They are dead last in the AHL on the power-play when playing on home ice: 3/52 for a 5.8 PP%.

While that is enough to tear your hair out think of this. The Admirals are third in the AHL on the power-play when playing on the road: 14/59 for a 23.7 PP%.

I could just about give myself a stellar headache wondering about the simple question: why? I don’t know why. And I quite honestly feel the players don’t know why either. The power-play is there to punish the opposition. That hasn’t happened at home. Every failed power-play is a missed opportunity to get a lead, tie the game, claw back, and gain momentum. It happens. The players show that they can bury these opportunities. It just doesn’t happen at home. Why? I don’t know.

After the game I spoke with Dean Evason, Magnus Hellberg, and Jimmy Oligny. Here is what they had to say following the Admirals sixth straight loss at home.

Dean Evason talks openly about the Admirals struggles at home:

Evason on the team’s performance against the Wolves:

Evason’s thoughts on the Admirals power-play:

Evason on the power-play, continued:

Evason provides an update on Johan Alm‘s status:

Magnus Hellberg talks through his night in net:

Hellberg on taking things one game at a time:

Jimmy Oligny talks about struggles on home ice:

Oligny on scoring his first pro goal:

Comments from the comments? What have you seen change in this Admirals team from the start of this season to now? 

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