Wild: Scouting the Enemy

Viktor Stalberg’s Milwaukee Admirals debut happened against the Iowa Wild in Milwaukee earlier this season. (Photo Credit: Scott Paulus)

Tonight could well see some Milwaukee Admirals history be made. The Ads are currently on an eight game winning streak which matched a franchise record set in the IHL era of the team in March of 1989.

There is only one thing needed to be done to pull it off: defeat the worst team in the AHL. Problem? The Iowa Wild have gone 4-2-0-0 against the Admirals this season. In fact, they have nearly won one-third of their games this season against the Ads. They’ve won twice past regulation, an overtime game and shootout, as well as winning twice in their previous two trips to Milwaukee.

The Wild have a record of 15-24-1-1 (32 points) on the season. They are an even 5-5-0-0 in their previous 10 games and enter after being shutout 1-0 by the Rockford IceHogs. There is only one team in the AHL that has allowed more goals this season than the Wild. The St. John’s IceCaps have allowed 135 goals this season and the Wild have allowed 133 goals. The goal scoring differential for the Wild is a staggering -37.

Jordan Schroeder is the top scorer in this head-to-head match up. He has scored 7 points (2 goals, 5 assists) in 5 games against the Admirals this season. He’s third on the team with an overall haul of 25 points (10 goals, 15 assists) for the Wild this season. The top scorer for the Wild is Michael Keränen who has 28 points (6 goals, 22 assists). Their leading goal scorer is Tyler Graovac who has 13 goals in 38 games.

Still like Jonathon Blum? No? Great! He has 17 points (5 goals, 12 assists) in 31 games for the Wild this season while putting up a painful plus/minus rating of -11. Out of those 5 goals he has scored 4 have been scored on the power-play for Iowa.

Currently the Wild have John Curry and Johan Gustafsson as their goaltending tandem. Technically, Josh Harding is on the roster but has only played 2 games this season for Iowa as he continues to handle his battle with multiple sclerosis. Gustafsson has a record of 7-15-1-0 in net this season with a rough 3.36 goals against average and 0.898 save percentage. Curry has a 8-8-0-1 record this season with a 2.62 goals against average and 0.922 save percentage.

On the season Gustafsson has appeared against the Admirals in 5 games and has 3 wins despite posting a 3.18 goals against average and 0.893 save percentage. Curry has appeared twice against the Ads, picked up a single win, but has a stunning 0.57 goals against average and 0.980 save percentage. He’s also had a strong month of January that has seen him win 3/5 decisions, recording a 2.02 goals against average and 0.936 save percentage, and a 41-save effort last time out in a losing effort against the IceHogs.

Expectations for tonight’s game? Can the Admirals set a franchise record for a winning streak tonight? Who is Brett Eldredge and will his fans know what is happening on the ice before the concert?

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6 thoughts on “Wild: Scouting the Enemy”

  1. Bad feeling that IA will be the spoiler tonight. Sad considering this is a great opportunity for the Ads to shine in front of a larger than average crowd.

    Think Maz gets the start tonight or is Hellberg going to get a chance to vindicate himself?

  2. Any news on the potential lines tonight?

    I am hoping Liambas is the scratch this evening. He is going to be more worried about Rechlicz than he will be about winning the game in front of a nice crowd.

    Hope the team focuses on playing like they did Wednesday night more than they do on knocking the wilds teeth out.

  3. Kevin: No word on line combinations. Usually don’t find those out until pre-game skate -but- I’d be shocked if they aren’t exactly the same as last time: Fiala-Sissons-Aberg, Leipsic-Watson-Stalberg, Salomaki-MVG-Arvidsson, Grant-Girard-Clune, Diaby-Piskula, Bitetto-White, Oligny-Aronson.

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