Wolves: Scouting the Enemy

(Photo Credit: Scott Paulus)

The Milwaukee Admirals and Chicago Wolves are both set to complete a three-in-three weekend this afternoon. The Admirals lost 3-2 in overtime on Friday night at home against the Iowa Wild but earned a 2-1 overtime win last night on the road against the Grand Rapids Griffins. The Wolves meanwhile are coming off of back-to-back 6-3 victories defeating the Griffins on the road Friday and then the Wild on home ice Saturday. I suppose it makes sense that the best of the weekend series face each other on Sunday and hopefully the third place game between the WIld and Griffins will be played at a later date.

Jokes aside, there is something really exciting about today’s game. The Milwaukee Admirals and Chicago Wolves contest will be broadcasting on the NHL Network at 3:00 PM CST. So, for those who don’t get the opportunity to see the Admirals play on the road or at all, this is a great chance to do so and in a game that could be rather good.

The Wolves currently have a record of 10-12-4-1 (25 points, 0.463 points percentage). That seats the directly behind the Admirals (0.538) in the Central Division standings. While the Wolves certainly still have some catching up to do they’ve been hunting points in packs ever since a rough start. They are riding a four-game winning streak coming into this game.

There are two players who especially need to be highlighted for how well they’ve played during this weekend’s three-in-three: T.J. Tynan and Tomas Hyka. Tynan had an assist in Grand Rapids on Friday but followed that up by scoring the first hat trick of his professional playing career while also firing 10 shots on goal all by himself. Heck, Tynan vs. Iowa last night saw the 25-year old get out-shot 18-10. That’s not too shabby nor is his counterpart Hyka who had first-star honors in Grand Rapids by scoring 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists) and then produced another goal yesterday against the Wild.

Those two are buzzing right now and whenever you have extra pieces to lessen the pinch on Teemu Pulkkinen – the more of a threat that Finn can be. He still leads the Wolves in scoring on the season with 24 points (9 goals, 15 assists) in 27 games.

In net the story this season for the Wolves has mainly been Kasimir Kaskisuo. That has changed that slight bit ever since Maxime Lagacé finally returned after his stint with the Vegas Golden Knights where he did get hit with an injury topside. The two have split the opening two games of this weekend three-in-three. Lagacé took the first-leg in Grand Rapids and stopped 29/32 which backed up his return performance on 12/12/17 in Rockford where he stopped 34/35. Kaskisuo was in net last night for the Wolves and stopped 15/18 against the Wild. Earlier this season the 24-year old Finn did make a start against the Admirals and took the loss on the School Day Game where he allowed 3 goals from 37 shots.

What are your expectations for this afternoon’s game? Can the Milwaukee Admirals finish off this weekend strong after getting a win last night in Grand Rapids? How will the Admirals be able to slow down the offense of the Chicago Wolves?

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