Wild: Scouting the Enemy

(Photo Credit: Scott Paulus)
The last time the Milwaukee Admirals took a road trip to Iowa they did it with Max Görtz and Pontus Åberg staying in Milwaukee due to a violation of team rules. (Photo Credit: Scott Paulus)

Tonight the Milwaukee Admirals get their first repeat opponent of the season. In fact, they’ll have faced these Iowa Wild three times out of the Admirals first eight games of the season. Not only that but all three of those games are roadies to Iowa. Sort of an odd scheduling situation there but one I’m sure the Admirals would rather motor through earlier in the season that the end. It is a heck of a bus ride after all.

“Either way we’re going to be on that bus,” said Colton Sissons after the Admirals loss on Thursday. “It’ll be fine. It’s a long season, man. We’re going to be fine. We’ll have a good attitude when we wake up [Friday], have a bus ride to Des Moines, and it’s going to be one of a few of those this year.”

Correct you are, captain. The Admirals play the Wild eight times this season with four road games. After next Thursday’s game the Admirals won’t see the Wild again until the calendar flips to 2016, January 9th. And they will only have one more Iowa bus trip to take care of for the rest of the season. That game comes March 13th at the end of a three-in-three… good for you, not for us.

As far as this game goes there’s only so much to discuss that hadn’t already been touched upon when we first met this season. I could do a break down of that specific game – but you could read the Game Recap or Ramblings that followed. Biggest changes that have happened really is that the Admirals, potential team violations for this Iowa trip pending, will have: Max GörtzViktor ArvidssonPontus Åberg, and Anthony Bitetto.

The Wild have a record of 2-5-1-1 (6 points) entering tonight’s game. They have two more points than the Admirals and have played three more games but, thank you California teams and your nonsense, the percentage points standings have these two teams deadlocked in the Central Division at 0.333%. The result tonight will push one ahead. And, honestly, it might already be time for the Admirals to get that percentage to start looking better as it will be dictating the standings this season.

Since these two last met, the Wild’s roster has seen some changes. Both Olivier Archambault and Tanner Eberle (Jordan‘s brother) were sent from Iowa (AHL) to the Quad City Mallards (ECHL). The counter move to that saw Kellan Lain be promoted from Quad City and Andrew Yogan, who took part in the Admirals pre-season training camp in Milwaukee, signed a PTO contract with the Wild. Yogan’s season started with the Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL) where he played only one games but recorded 3 assists.

Expectations for tonight’s game? Do you think that the Admirals can get and maintain a lead or will this be yet another comeback job?

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