As an eternal optimist I always like to grab positives out of rough, rough, rough results such as the Admirals 5-1 defeat at the hands of the Oklahoma City Barons. As you’ll hear reciprocated by the team, there certainly were things to take from that game and carry into Tuesday’s rematch with the Barons. Once again the team produced pucks to the net at a high rate. The problem of that game just became mounting mistakes, lost composure, and an inability to finish off many of the great looks that were generated on the offensive end.
I would like to think of that game as a wake up call sort of result for the Admirals. They are about to embark on a season long six-game road trip and are going to be tested hard all the way to the finish line. Mistakes get punished. Being handed five chances on the power-play should produce some sort of a result on the scoreboard. Getting a first goal just to allow one right back seconds later. It’s simple stuff but it was the little things that alluded the Admirals in that game. Even in a bit of a rut, the Barons are too good of a team to have allowed that many breaks to and it ended up biting back pretty hard by the end of the game.
Following the defeat, I had the chance to speak with Dean Evason, Joe Piskula, Triston Grant, and *drum roll bonus guest* the General Manager of the Nashville Predators David Poile. Here is what they had to say following the Admirals loss Sunday night.
Dean Evason’s assessment of the Admirals performance against OKC:
Evason speaks about the upcoming road trip:
Evason on if the game was a wake up call for the group:
Evason on solving the Barons defense Tuesday:
Evason’s thoughts on the road trip boosting team moral:
Joe Piskula breaks down the game:
Piskula on how he’s felt since returning to game action on Friday:
Piskula talks about the upcoming road trip:
Piskula on what needs to change for the Tuesday rematch in OKC:
Triston Grant’s thoughts on the game:
Grant on allowing a goal seconds after the Ads score their first:
Grant on his battle at the end of the game with Mitch Moroz:
Grant speaks to the importance of the upcoming road trip:
David Poile discusses Nashville’s season:
Poile on the Predators long lasting relationship with the Milwaukee Admirals:
Poile’s thoughts on expanding forward talent in the organization:
Poile on the development of goaltenders in the system:
Poile’s thoughts on the next crop of players due up from Milwaukee:
Comments on the comments? What are your current expectations for the Admirals for this road trip? When they return to Milwaukee how many wins richer do you expect them to be?