The Black Aces are finally on their way. The Nashville Predators have recalled Frédérick Gaudreau, Harry Zolnierczyk, Brandon Bollig, Tyler Gaudet, Emil Pettersson, Alex Carrier, Petter Granberg, Fred Allard, and Troy Grosenick from the Milwaukee Admirals. The Predators host the Colorado Avalanche at the Bridgestone Arena tonight at 8:30 PM CDT. A victory tonight would see the Predators through to the next round of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Nashville Predators have signed Tyler Gaudet to a new one-year, two-way contract that will keep him in the organization for the 2018-19 season. The center was acquired from the Arizona Coyotes at the NHL Trade Deadline in a package that saw Trevor Murphy, PC, as well as Derek head further West.
Well, for the last time in the 2017-18 season, we must crown our Admiral of the Month. It’s unfortunate that April’s award will come without playoff performances to account for but the Milwaukee Admirals were eliminated from contention in the final week of the regular season. It’s difficult to say that the season ended poorly. The Admirals were playing their best hockey of the season ever since the NHL Trade Deadline. It’s perhaps unfortunate the moves made weren’t made sooner.
When the chips were down and the Milwaukee Admirals needed to luck out on three consecutive calls of all-in at the Central Division poker table – they were in trouble. The Admirals would get eliminated on Tuesday night but followed up with successive defeats to the Iowa Wild to end the 2017-18 season. The 4-2 loss yesterday meant that the Wild would leap the Admirals for fifth place in the division across the finish line. That only added one final low to a season of countless ups-and-downs.
The Milwaukee Admirals lost 3-0 on the road against the Iowa Wild at the Wells Fargo Arena on Friday night.
For the sixth time this season the Admirals were shutout. C.J. Motte was in net for the Wild and stopped all twenty-six shots he faced tonight. The Admirals will look for better tomorrow night against the Wild on home ice as they complete the 2017-18 season.
This is the end. The Milwaukee Admirals and Iowa Wild are set to finish the 2017-18 season with a bang. Wells Fargo Arena tonight, UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena tomorrow night. And, if their last game is anything to go by, we might be in for quality entertainment. The weight of making the playoffs is off of these two teams. Both have been eliminated from playoff contention. Instead they are going to be playing for pride.
The Nashville Predators have recalled Anders Lindbäck from the Milwaukee Admirals. The 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs started last night for the Predators with a 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche at the Bridgestone Arena. Lindbäck was listed as a healthy scratch on the night as he will serve as the team’s third goaltender for the playoff run.
The Predators next game is Saturday at 2:00 PM CDT in Nashville. The Admirals were eliminated from playoff contention Tuesday night and will end the 2017-18 regular season schedule Friday and Saturday against the Iowa Wild. The rest of the “Black Aces” are expected to be recalled following the completion of the Admirals season.
The Milwaukee Admirals have signed goaltender Kyle Hayton to an amateur try-out (ATO) contract. The 23-year old from Denver, Colorado recently completed a collegiate season in-state with the Wisconsin Badgers.
When I left the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena last night it seemed as if the city of Milwaukee was barren. I cut across all construction, took up towards the McKinley on-ramp, and was on my way home. It was in that silent drive on home that the dust had settled on a thought I had by the time December was rolling along. The Milwaukee Admirals weren’t going to make the AHL Calder Cup Playoffs this season. It perpetuated in the weeks and months that followed and only last night was it realized.
This is only the third time in the seventeen-year AHL history of the Admirals that they will not be making the playoffs. Yet, it is the second time in four-years that they have failed to reach the playoffs. What does that mean? What was this season? And what happens next for the Nashville Predators’ AHL affiliate?
The fate of the Milwaukee Admirals was out of their control last night. First, they needed to win against the Chicago Wolves. But, most importantly, they couldn’t see the Rockford IceHogs so much as earn a single point on the road against the Iowa Wild. It was tight rope walking and yet there were flashes last night in which it seemed it was all going to come good.
By the time the Admirals had to go empty net and extra attacker: the IceHogs were leading 4-3 in Iowa. By the time Harry Zolnierczyk scored with 29.6 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime in Milwaukee: the IceHogs had scored an empty netter to cement their place into the 2018 AHL Calder Cup Playoffs and eliminate the Admirals from contention. It was a gut punch and it would be followed later on by the Admirals losing in a place they just haven’t done so much this season – in a shootout.