By The Numbers: Admirals in October

(Photo Credit: Shane Abbitt // Iowa Wild)
(Photo Credit: Shane Abbitt // Iowa Wild)

Welcome to the month of November. I know it is early but I feel it would be fun to already get some minor perspective into just how this year’s Milwaukee Admirals have been performing. We’re one month down into the season with seven games played. So, for fun, let’s gander at how the Admirals have looked under the Dean Evason Era in that opening month’s worth of games.

~Record~

2012-13: 7 GP, 3-4-0-0 (6 points, 0.429 points percentage)
2013-14: 6 GP, 4-0-2-0 (10 points, 0.714 points percentage)
2014-15: 7 GP, 6-1-0-0 (12 points, 0.800 points percentage)
2015-16: 7 GP, 2-4-1-0 (5 points, 0.357 points percentage)
2016-17: 7 GP, 4-2-0-1 (9 points, 0.643 points percentage)

~Goals Forced vs. Goals Allowed~
*tally for shootout win not included*

2012-13: -5 (17 GF, 22 GF)
2013-14: +2 (15 GF, 13 GA)
2014-15: +8 (23 GF, 15 GA)
2015-16: -12 (15 GF, 27 GA)
2016-17: +1 (18 GF, 17 GA)

~Shots On Goal Per Game vs. Shots On Goal Against Per Game~

2012-13: 27.9 shots on goal per game, 24.6 shots on goal against per game
2013-14: 26.2 shots on goal per game, 28.3 shots on goal against per game
2014-15: 27.4 shots on goal per game, 28.4 shots on goal against per game
2015-16: 33.0 shots on goal per game, 30.9 shots on goal against per game
2016-17: 30.1 shots on goal per game, 29.1 shots on goal against per game

~Special Teams~

2012-13: 18.2% PP (6/33), 90.0% PK (27/30)
2013-14: 11.1% PP (3/27), 83.3% PK (25/30)
2014-15: 23.1% PP (6/26), 86.7% PK (26/30)
2015-16: 16.7% PP (6/36), 71.9% PK (23/32)
2016-17: 8.8% PP (3/34), 82.9% PK (34/41)

~Penalty Minutes~

2012-13: 83 PIM (2 fighting majors, 11.6 PIM per game)
2013-14: 82 PIM (4 fighting majors, 13.7 PIM per game)
2014-15: 97 PIM (5 fighting majors, 13.9 PIM per game)
2015-16: 134 PIM (5 fighting majors, 19.1 PIM per game)
2016-17: 138 PIM (4 fighting majors, 19.7 per game)

There are a few areas that leap out to me and, hey, they’re as expected. This season’s penalty minute and power-play struggles are really bad. That said, as underwhelming as the offense has felt, look at how this year’s team is matching up against last year’s squad that ended up having a record of 48-23-3-2 (101 points, 0.664 points percentage) and won the Central Division. Things actually aren’t as bad as they seem. Much of the same personnel is back. Is this just a sign of learning from an early season lull before launching?

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