Condors: Scouting the Enemy

“Where the sun shines bright and our AHL hockey teams play eight less games!”

The Milwaukee Admirals, back in your life! It seems like these last few weeks in particular have been a bit of a blur with all the down time between games. This past week though that can be said league-wide because of the AHL All-Star break taking place. That break is over, now. It’s time to get back and rolling.

~California Love~

This will be the first and only California road trip of the season for the Admirals. First up are the Bakersfield Condors followed by Joe Piskula and his San Diego Gulls tomorrow night.

“Who are these Bakersfield Condors,” you ask. Well they are the new AHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers which makes them none other than last year’s Oklahoma City Barons. The Barons are dead and the Condors are alive and well – as they should be as they play eight less games than the rest of the AHL.

The Condors enter tonight’s contest with a record of 18-17-2-2 (40 points). Their 0.513 points percentage has them in fifth place of the Pacific Division and eleventh in the Western Conference standings. Keep in mind, with points percentage being the standard of the AHL this season, the Condors are really a string of positive results away from getting back into the playoff discussion.

~Who What Now?~

When looking at the Condors things are very average. The team has an overall goal differential on the season of -2 (117 goals forced, 119 goals against). Their points percentage is hovering just above the 0.500 mark. And their last last ten-games have seen them rattle off a run of 5-5-0-0.

The Condors have three players with 20 points or more of offense on their active roster. Leading the team in scoring is winger Matthew Ford who has produced 30 points (17 goals, 13 assists) from 35 games this season. Ford’s 17 goals leads the Condors roster and sees only six other players in the entire AHL this season with more goals scored on the season. He is followed in team scoring by: Andrew Miller, 27 points (10 goals, 17 assists)… and Brad Hunt, 27 points (7 goals, 20 assists).

In net the Condors are led by AHL All-Star Laurent Brossoit. This season he has played in 24 games, has a record of 13-8-3-2, a 2.61 goals against average, 0.924 save percentage, and has 3 shutouts. In Brossoit’s career against the Admirals he has played in 5 games, made 5 starts, has a record of 3-2-0-0 while stopping 133/145 for a 0.914 save percentage and a 3.42 goals against average.

Expectations for tonight’s game? How do you feel the Milwaukee Admirals will come off all of this off and vacation time?

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