Did the Milwaukee Admirals go out and thrash the team with the lowest record in the AHL last night? No. Was it the best performance of the season? No, not really. What the Admirals did in their 1-0 shutout victory of the Cleveland Monsters wasn’t anything special. It was just good hard work from everybody involved. It often feels like the more simplified the Admirals can play the better the results are. Last night showed some rewards for good structured defensive play. And, hey, the Admirals are now on a winning streak beyond two games for the first time since the opening four games of the season. Things are beginning to slowly click.
Is it just the Grand Rapids Griffins? Is it just the running theme of the 2017-18 season? The Milwaukee Admirals 4-2 loss last night is the sort that just leaves a sour taste in your mouth. It’s not that the Admirals were necessarily bad for any great length of time but -when they were- it was game altering. Up. Down. Repeat. That might be the only true consistency of the Admirals season to date.
At the start of this season my biggest concern for the Milwaukee Admirals was their goaltending. Jump ahead a few months and Anders Lindbäck should be a folk hero in Milwaukee. It is without question that he has been the best player for the Admirals all season and last night’s effort from him was spectacular. What are the Admirals to start the 2017-18 season without Lindbäck in net? That’s a frightening question. Because, in moments like last night, I’m not sure the Admirals even get to a shootout.
Numb. That’s the feeling for me after last night’s 3-2 overtime loss for the Milwaukee Admirals to the Chicago Wolves. I’m not even sure if the previous run of up-down since November has anything to do with that, either. Last night was actually a really good game for both sides. It just so happened that the Admirals came out on the wrong side of an overtime game for the third time in December. It was still good. It wasn’t bad. And there are still pieces in motion that keep seeing this team evolving as this season approaches 2018.
After a week’s rest, some key roster additions or returns from injury, and two solid days of practice I had raised my expectations for what the Milwaukee Admirals were going to look like on home ice against the Iowa Wild. They were getting sharper. They looked faster. And the opening ten-minutes played last night backed up those expectations. It was a fast, crisp, and energetic start. Then the Wild scored a controversial goal and the rest went as flat as it has been the last month or more.
The Milwaukee Admirals were at it once again at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena this morning. Today is the last proper practice ahead of the team’s first three-in-three weekend of the season that starts with their final home game ahead of the Christmas break.
The Milwaukee Admirals returned to practice today at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena after splitting their weekend road trip against the Manitoba Moose. The Admirals are setting up for their first three-in-three weekend of the season which starts Friday night on home ice against the Iowa Wild. What follows is the first of a four-game road trip with the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday night, Chicago Wolves on Sunday afternoon, and then resuming the following weekend at the Quicken Loans Arena against the Cleveland Monsters.
The Milwaukee Admirals have been trending in the wrong direction for a long time now. Last night’s 5-2 loss to the San Diego Gulls pretty much sums things up. They were flat. They looked outnumbered at every puck battle. They were outshot through the opening two periods 29-14. It was just sloppy and lifeless – until the third period where the Admirals threw 20 shots on Reto Berra, scored twice, and played with desperation. That energy by them was way too late to have mattered.
The Milwaukee Admirals returned to home ice this morning following a three-game road trip. Today was a skills day with Nashville Predators Director of Player Development Scott Nichol at the helm. Lots of work was done on the basics as well as getting pucks through the neutral zone and battling on defense. It all sets the stage for tomorrow night’s game at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena against the San Diego Gulls.
It is performances such as last night’s game where I really force myself to take a step back and evaluate what it was that the Milwaukee Admirals did and didn’t do. The knee jerk reaction would be the obvious: they didn’t score. The not so obvious would be to suggest that, for all that happened, the Admirals really didn’t play that poorly of a game. Yes, the power-play was rough. Yes, the Manitoba Moose earned a 3-0 shutout win on the night. But the Admirals showed a lot more right than wrong and just irritatingly had a few hiccups in the narrative that cast aside what could have been a sweep for the three-game homestand.