After a breather from last weekend’s three-in-three the Milwaukee Admirals are back to work. It might not be as hectic as Milwaukee to Iowa to Milwaukee in such a short space of time but the team is getting their travel going. The Admirals traveled to Manitoba on Wednesday morning and will be back for another scrap against the Grand Rapids Griffins on Sunday at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena.
The focus begins with the Manitoba Moose tonight and tomorrow night at the MTS Centre. They have a record of 24-32-4-5 (57 points, 0.438 points percentage) which puts them narrowly above the Rockford IceHogs (0.431) in the basement of the Central Division.
In their last ten-games at home the Moose have gone 3-5-0-2 and also have the second worst home record (0.453) in the AHL. The only team worse on home ice are the Hartford Wolf Pack (0.344).
As bad as that can all sound it was a very tight contest between the Admirals and Moose the last time they played. The Admirals won 3-2 in overtime and the man with the game-winning goal, Mike Ribeiro, was highly complementary of the Moose after the game saying, “I feel like that team, Manitoba, was probably the best structured team that I played.”
He wasn’t wrong at all with that assessment, either. That was a very grinding game for the Admirals and it took some doing for them to earn the result. As the Moose are finishing up what has been an eight-game homestand where they have gone 1-4-0-1 with that first win finally coming Saturday night in a 5-3 game over the IceHogs – I’d anticipate more of a grinding style game again.
The Moose have four players at or above 30 points this season. Their top two leading scorers are all first-year pros with the man set in third place in his first full-season of AHL work.
Jack Roslovic leads the Moose this season with 40 points (12 goals, 28 assists) from 56 games. He is followed by Kyle Connor who has 38 points (21 goals, 17 assists) in only 44 games played. Connor was named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week earlier this month. Dan DeSalvo has 33 points (15 goals, 18 assists) in 55 games and is the leading scorer for the Moose in this head-to-head match up with 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists) in 2 games against the Admirals. Meanwhile, Chase De Leo has produced 30 points (13 goals, 17 assists) in 58 games. He did score his first professional hat trick against the Admirals in Manitoba last season on 12/19/15.
In net there can be only one option and I would be shocked if anyone other than Eric Comrie plays (no disrespect Jamie Phillips). Comrie has played in 44 games this season for the Moose which is the third most appearances by a goaltender in the AHL. Only Linus Ullmark (50) and Jack Campbell (45) have made more appearances at this point in the 2016-17 season.
The 21-year old Comrie has a 15-23-4-2 record from those 44 appearances to go along with a 2.96 goals against average, 0.906 save percentage, and 2 shutouts. In his career against the Admirals Comrie has a 3-3-0-1 record from 7 starts with a 3.26 goals against average and 0.897 save percentage.
What are you anticipating out of these two road games for the Milwaukee Admirals? How key is it for the Admirals to sustain what was generating against the Grand Rapids Griffins on Sunday against a lower standing team such as the Manitoba Moose?
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