Wolves: Scouting the Enemy

(Photo Credit: Scott Paulus)
(Photo Credit: Scott Paulus)

Call me crazy but I’m actually excited that the Milwaukee Admirals are finally on the road. It’s not that the Admirals have been poor at home. They’ve been fantastic. I just feel as if playing seven straight games at home, as the Admirals just did, can lead to getting a bit too comfortable with routines and could possibly trigger some sluggish hockey on the ice. Getting up and on the road keeps the body and mind moving. And I’m hoping that ends up trickling into tonight’s game as the Admirals look to rebound from a 3-2 loss to the Manitoba Moose.

~About Last Night~

The Chicago Wolves enter tonight’s game following a road defeat last night against the Grand Rapids Griffins, 3-1 (Video Highlights). The Wolves scored the opening goal midway through the first period off a Jordan Caron redirect from a André Benoît slap shot from the left point. The Wolves would take a 1-0 lead into the first intermission, find themselves trailing 3-1 heading into the second intermission, and that’s all she wrote. The Griffins now have a seven-game winning streak.

~Amtrak Rivals~

The Wolves overall record is 10-7-1-1 (22 points). They sit behind the Admirals in Central Division having played one less game and resting on a 0.579 points percentage.

In the last match-up between these two teams the Admirals earned their first win over the Wolves in nearly a calendar year. The Admirals won that contest 5-3 (Video Highlights). It was the first time that the Admirals put a loss against goaltender Jordan Binnington in the Amtrak Rivalry. He had won the previous eight starts straight until that game in which the Admirals pushed across 4 goals from 34 shots.

Since losing to the Admirals the Wolves have played seven-games and posted a record of 2-5-0-0. For a moment it appeared they took out all their frustrations with an 8-2 thrashing of the Moose but then, well, last night’s game happened. It’s unclear just what team the Admirals are going to get tonight. A struggling Wolves team or a frenzied and desperate playing hockey team. My guess is the latter.

~Who What Now?~

The Wolves are led in points by Pat Cannone and the aforementioned Benoît. Cannone had the best point streak in the AHL until Viktor Arvidsson turned up. Cannone had a ten game point streak and currently has 15 points (6 goals, 9 assists) in 17 games. Benoît has 15 points (2 goals, 13 assists) in 19 games which is seventh best for scoring by a defenseman in the AHL this season. They’re led in goal scoring by Ty Rattie who has recorded 8 goals this season including 3 goals in the two-games played against the Admirals.

In net the Wolves continue doing the goaltending tandem. Pheonix Copley operated last night in the loss to the Griffins so it would make sense to see Binnington playing against a team that he’s done so well against in the past. Binnington has played in 10 games this season with a record of 6-3-0-1. He has a 2.58 goals against average and 0.906 save percentage.

What are you expecting from the Milwaukee Admirals and their stretched roster tonight? Juuse Saros last played in-game one week ago with the Nashville Predators and hasn’t played for the Admirals in twelve days: is tonight the night to get him back and going?

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