The dust has settled after the Admirals 3-2 shootout loss to the Texas Stars and, once again, we’re all sat thinking about a positive effort that didn’t get the full reward. There just weren’t really that many lowlights to speak of. The Admirals are in playoff mode right now and they are playing highly competitive playoff brand hockey.
When looking at the games ahead for the Admirals you’ll be seeing nothing but tough tasks: Rockford IceHogs (fourth in the Western Conference) on the road, Grand Rapids Griffins (third in the Western Conference) in the road, Chicago Wolves (seventh in the Western Conference) at home, Toronto Marlies (tied for ninth in the Western Conference) at home, and finally the Wolves again, this time on the road, for the season finale.
If the Admirals can get through that schedule in the green, as far as generating wins or points is concerned, I think they stand a good chance of being the eighth seed in the Western Conference. Help from around the league will certainly help. And I get the feeling what everyone should be pulling for is for the gap between the eight and nine to widen. To boot, rooting against the Wolves -which shouldn’t be a stretch for anyone reading this- is also a plus. Like Formula 1 knockout qualifying – no one wants to be on the last spot before the drop zone. The Admirals do still stand a good chance to go ahead of the Amtrak Rivals in division and conference by season’s end. Did you boo the Stars last night? Nice, but cheer them on later tonight when they play in Chicago.
Dean Evason’s reaction to the game:
Evason breaks down Texas’ equalizing goal in the second period:
Evason on playing playoff style hockey lately:
Evason talks up Kevin Fiala:
Evason on having Fiala and Viktor Arvidsson‘s presence back on the team:
Evason on maintaining the Fiala-Sissons-Arvidsson line and more:
Colton Sissons’ thoughts on his game:
Sissons on his linemate Fiala:
Sissons on how his game benefits from that top line:
Sissons on overtime hockey taking its toll:
Sissons on picking up points:
Austin Watson’s thoughts on the result:
Watson talks about his power-play goal:
Watson on the Admirals special teams effort:
Zach Budish on being named Man of the Year (and Anthony Bitetto-bomb):
Budish’s thoughts on the game:
Budish on playing more road games than home games down the stretch:
Comments from the comments? How do you see the Western Conference standings playing out? Is help from around the league necessary for the Admirals to make this year’s playoffs?