Griffins: Scouting the Enemy

(Photo Credit: Jeff Hanisch)

I always greatly enjoy seeing my expectations so spectacularly blowing up in my face when it comes to what I sense will be a Milwaukee Admirals loss. Last Sunday, the Admirals were on the end of a three-in-three facing the Grand Rapids Griffins at the end of one of their own. I thought the Admirals would get hit hard or take a grinding but low scoring loss. Instead, the Admirals came out in the second period and blew the doors off the Griffins which was a decisive frame in what ended as a 6-3 win.

To think that could happen all over again today based on the circumstances is a little too dream-heavy. Yes, the Griffins are in on Sunday again and -Yes- the Griffins are on the end of yet another three-in-three weekend. But they are still the Griffins and, with last Sunday in mind, they will probably be looking for some redemption.

The Griffins have a record of 42-18-1-4 (89 points, 0.685 points percentage). Since the loss to the Admirals last Sunday the Griffins played on Friday and Saturday against the Rockford IceHogs. Friday’s game in Grand Rapids ended with a 5-3 win. Saturday’s game in Rockford ended with a 4-0 shutout victory.

Jared Coreau played the first leg of the three-in-three but it was Eddie Pasquale last night earning the impressive 37-save shutout for the Griffins. It’s always nice to have the options as to who is going to start the third game of an AHL three-in-three and that is the good problem the Griffins now have. Coreau or Pasquale?

Offensively, the Griffins already have a potent machine with several players contributing. Following last night’s game in Rockford they now have their sixth player on the season to reach the 40 points plateau. Eric Tangradi, who scored twice against the Admirals last Sunday, now has 40 points (15 goals, 25 assists) in 51 games.

Speaking of that plateau, the Griffins could add a seventh member to the 40 points club today should Kyle Criscuolo have a multi-point night. The 24-year old has produced 38 points (17 goals, 21 assists) from 65 games in his first full-season as a pro.

Continuation of some of the chippiness from last weekend could be in the cards. The Griffins are known for doing plenty of talking but not a lot of fighting. They attempted to pick on the little guy but Anthony Richard ended up slugging out Matt Lorito in the process. The night pretty much ended with Trevor Murphy giving Martin Frk the business, as well. I’d expect some more scrapping to be done.

What are you anticipating for this afternoon’s game? Are we in for more of what happened last Sunday or will this Grand Rapids Griffins team be out for serious revenge? What will be the key to the Milwaukee Admirals earning the victory today?

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