It wasn’t pretty, again, but at least the Milwaukee Admirals put an end to a two-game losing spell with their 2-1 shootout win over the Iowa Wild yesterday. After back-to-back losses by a 4-1 final it just feels important to claim maximum points when playing against a team that you should be taking home both points that are on the line. Sloppy. Missed opportunities. Near chances. There was plenty of that yesterday but I’ll take the win all the same.
When subtracting empty net goals the Admirals offense has now popped in only six-goals from five-games. The power-play drought have reached six-games and they’ve gone nineteen straight power-play opportunities without a power-play goal.
Things are frozen on offense but I do believe that there were plenty of encouraging signs against the Wild. The Admirals were doing a much better job generating shots on goal and the second or third chance opportunities for a goal off of a rebound or a blocked shot were there for the taking – they just weren’t. There were tons of moments in that game where a puck would kick out just a little too wide from an on-rushing attacker for the Admirals down a wing or a rebound would be spilled but there just wasn’t a body in the right place (example of how it is done correctly – the Wild’s goal scored in the third period).
Should’ve. Could’ve. Would’ve. Plenty of that yesterday but, hey, the previous two-games I didn’t even see much of that being generated. Momentum is a real thing. Get that foundation established back up, enjoy the win, and launch hard into the big showdown against the Rockford IceHogs on Wednesday is what my line of thinking is. This is a lull. Perhaps a tired Admirals team that has lost some of its wheels. They get today off from practice and have an opportunity to relax a bit. They’ll sharpen up tomorrow in practice and get some of the game simplified ahead of Wednesday night. The better the details the better the results. That’s the key.
After the game I spoke with Milwaukee Admirals head coach Dean Evason as well as Cody Hodgson, Colton Sissons, and Juuse Saros. This is what they all had to say following yesterday’s 2-1 shootout win over the Wild.
Comments on the comments? Do you think yesterday there were signs of improvement by the Milwaukee Admirals offense? What must be corrected before the Admirals square off against the Rockford IceHogs on Wednesday night?
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