I always try to take some time before leaping into the written portion of the Chatterbox because I want to properly digest the game I just watched. Following some late night coffee I do believe I’ve come to a far better place than the moment the final horn sounded to signal a 4-1 loss for the Milwaukee Admirals to the Manitoba Moose.
The Admirals are in a bit of a lull. There is no getting away from that. When you take away a pair of empty netters the offense has scored five goals in four-games. The power-play hasn’t scored in five-games and is currently on a drought of sixteen straight chances without a power-play goal.
That’s all bad. No question. But, when you avoid looking purely at the AHL standings, it makes sense for a team like the Moose to get the result last night. The Admirals are trending down a touch. The Moose are trending up a touch. That’s just the ebb and flow of a hockey season. The team that the Admirals are battling with in the divisional standings right now, the Rockford IceHogs, were beaten twice by the Moose leading up to last night’s game. They’re on a roll. Even those lowly teams can pack a punch and the Moose are reminding the top two teams in the division just that as they’re now on a four-game winning streak and a six-game point streak.
What the Admirals might need more than anything is exactly what goes down today. Another game and, at that, one that happens less than twenty-four hours after last night’s loss. There isn’t anything to really be said of last night’s game. So why bother? The focus shifts to today and does so so fast that the mindset of the Admirals should be more instinctive and less deer caught in the headlights.
Was last night’s game a stinker? Yes. But it is the Admirals second straight loss following a run of 6-1-0-0. Things aren’t too bad and, honestly, games like last night should still be saved in the memory bank for things to improve upon as this season grinds into the playoff push. There is always room to be better. If the Moose can do that, as they have lately, so can the Admirals.
Comments on the comments? Do you feel this is just a lull for the Milwaukee Admirals offense or is something being exposed that all teams are suddenly leaping on to slow them down?
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