It’s not very often you get a Monday-Tuesday two-in-two but that’s precisely what we get to start off our week. Some slight recapping might be in order. When last in action the Milwaukee Admirals were beaten up 6-2 by the Chicago Wolves. It put a deflating halt to the Admirals three wins from four games that got started on the road. Perhaps it’s just another road game that the Admirals need to get back after it?
~Wild, Wild Stuff~
If you thought the last Admirals game hurt thank your lucky stars you aren’t an Iowa Wild fan. Last time out the Wild lost 9-2 on the road to the Grand Rapids Griffins – echoing back to their 9-1 road loss to the Admirals last season. Simply put. Both sides want to take a step forward tonight and put awful results behind them.
Entering this game the Wild have a record of 10-19-1-1 (22 points) which sees them dead last in both the West Division and Conference. In their last ten games they’ve gone 5-5-0-0 (10 points). They also have allowed more goals than any team in the AHL and have a goal scoring differential of -28 (78 goals forced, 106 goals allowed).
~The Story In Net~
The Minnesota Wild’s Niklas Bäckström was placed on injured reserved prior to Christmas and that lead to a call up for John Curry. With Josh Harding‘s health issues putting him out of action it also meant Iowa needing extra help in net so they signed Dave DeSander to a PTO contract.
All that sounds rather hectic but not quite as hectic as Johan Gustafsson‘s season is going. He finished last season with a record of 12-20-4-4 with a 2.98 goals against average and 0.903 save percentage. This season he has a record of 5-12-1-0 with a 3.60 goals against average and 0.889 save percentage. He even laid an egg at the ECHL level for the Alaska Aces where, in his lone outing, he allowed four goals on twenty-eight shots.
It appears as if the Wild will be without two of their top scoring forwards tonight. Minnesota called up Tyler Graovac and Brett Sutter late last night. Graovac was tied for Iowa’s team lead in scoring with 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists). Sutter was fourth in scoring for Iowa with 15 points (6 goals, 9 assists).
They’ll be lead tonight by Michael Keränen and Jordan Schroeder. Keranen, tied with Graovac in scoring, has 24 points (5 goals, 19 assists). Schroeder is third on the Wild in scoring with 20 points (7 goals, 13 assists).
Still like Jon Blum? If so, he leads Wild defensemen in scoring with 14 points (4 goals, 10 assists), a plus/minus rating of -9, and 10 penalty minutes.
Expectations for tonight’s game? Can the Admirals keep up their road success? What impact will Viktor Stålberg have in his return to the Ads lineup?