IceHogs: Scouting the Enemy

(Photo Credit: Greg Hamil)

Just because you were teammates the year prior doesn’t mean you’ll stay friends on opposite sides of the ice a year later when the game begins. (Photo Credit: Greg Hamil)

If last night’s Milwaukee Admirals game still has you down I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that the Admirals can instantly put last night in the past by picking up a win tonight against the Rockford IceHogs. The bad news is that, for an Admirals team that was just shutout, the IceHogs defense limited a very strong Chicago Wolves offense to only fifteen shots on goal in a game that saw Rockford win smoothly during a fight filled clash.

The IceHogs have a record of 12-4-1-2 (27 points) with a points percentage of 0.711. With the results going as they did last night the Admirals dropped from the top of the Central Division to third. The Lake Erie Monsters now lead the division with a 0.722 points percentage with the IceHogs not too far behind them.

Since the last meeting between the Admirals the IceHogs have won all three-games that they’ve played and done so on the strength of their defense. The IceHogs have produced 3 goals in each victory while goaltender Michael Leighton has stopped 68/72 shots on goal for a 0.932 save percentage. Those games were all played on home ice in Rockford. The IceHogs have lost their last two games that were played on the road.

The IceHogs are led in scoring by defenseman Ville Pokka who has 12 points (3 goals, 9 assists) in 19 games with a plus/minus rating of +3 and only 4 penalty minutes to his name.

While players such as Marko Dano, Tanner Kero, and Brandon Mashinter all remain up with the Chicago Blackhawks in the NHL the IceHogs are still getting quality contributions from: Ryan Hartman, 11 points (6 goals, 5 assists)… Jeremy Morin, 11 points (5 goals, 6 assists)… Bryan Bickell, 9 points (5 goals, 4 assists)… Dennis Rasmussen, 9 points (5 goals, 4 assists)… and Mark McNeill, 8 points (3 goals, 5 assists).

While Leighton has been the go-to option for the IceHogs this season that hasn’t exactly been the case these last two games when facing the Admirals. Mark Visentin has been the man tasked with going up against Marek Mazanec in the last two games of this head-to-head meeting and both have provided great performances: 11/7/15, Visentin 37/40 in save opportunities versus Mazanec’s 35/37… 11/20/15, Visentin 32/33 in save opportunities versus Mazanec’s 28/29. That game ended in a shootout where the Admirals beat Visentin on two opportunities while Mazanec stopped both shootout chances from the IceHogs.

What are you expecting to see out of the Milwaukee Admirals tonight? Can the Admirals rebound from last night with a win against the IceHogs? With another defensively tight team coming into the building what does the Admirals offense need to do in order to have better success tonight?

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4 Responses to IceHogs: Scouting the Enemy

  1. Steve C says:

    Joe Pendenza and Brandon Whitney have been recalled from Cinci. I’m asssuming the Saros and Arvidsson getting recalled is correct.

  2. Steve: I saw what I saw and heard what I heard in the locker room last night. I’m not allowed to say anything until an official press release from the Nashville Predators gets out.

  3. Steve C says:

    The NHL site lists Arvidsson as “likely” to get the call up. They even have him slated on the third line with Jarnkrok and Nystrom:

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