Take #3! The Milwaukee Admirals are opening up a three-game homestand tonight. They first must solve a puzzle that has stumped them the past two games – the Cleveland Monsters. The Admirals will be doing this without previous NHL caliber names that they had last week in Cleveland: Juuse Saros, Pontus Åberg, and Frédérick Gaudreau. They won’t have Yakov Trenin due to injury. And Trevor Smith and Pierre-Cédric Labrie are questionable due to injury. Despite all of that: can the Admirals avoid losing three straight games for the first time this season?
THREE FOUR. And, now that the Drew Carey Show theme song has been properly placed, let’s get right into discussing the Cleveland Monsters for the first time in the 2017-18 season. The Milwaukee Admirals haven’t seen them through the first month of play but are about to get incredibly familiar with them.
Tonight and Saturday night these two lock horns at the Quicken Loans Arena. Both then travel back for a Wednesday night tilt at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. It’s one thing to see the Rockford IceHogs every other game. It’s another thing to outright see the same team three consecutive games in the regular season. This could get fun.
Welp, here we are again: Milwaukee Admirals vs. Rockford IceHogs. This is already the fifth meeting of the season between the two teams and we’re just over a month in. In fact, with a win tonight the Admirals would have as many wins against the IceHogs as they do against all other competitors throughout their first twelve games. It may feel redundant seeing these guys this often -but- the IceHogs have already proven to be a highly skilled and explosive team. These early season wins can go a long way into who is sitting where by season’s end.
Welp, this game doesn’t need a whole lot of back-story. The Milwaukee Admirals and Grand Rapids Griffins met on Wednesday night at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. That game was considered by head coach Dean Evason as one of their worst games of the season and the result, a 6-3 loss, frankly could have been worse than it was. The Griffins blitzed through a lethargic Admirals team and outworked them consistently. Today is a chance to return the favor in Grand Rapids.
The Milwaukee Admirals enter tonight’s game off of what was easily their worst performance of the season. They were soundly beaten 6-3 by the Grand Rapids Griffins at the UW-Milwaukee Pather Arena on Wednesday night and that was the follow-up effort after a 2-1 loss on the road against the Chicago Wolves. The Admirals could use a good result to rebound tonight as they will be traveling to Grand Rapids for a Sunday afternoon tilt. Their chance to do that comes in the form of an opponent that they have already seen three times – the Rockford IceHogs.
The Milwaukee Admirals started the season off with only a pair of home games in October. They get to match that Wednesday and Friday night by finally getting back into the swing of things at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. Their first opponent? Why, none other than -that- team which has swept them out of the opening round of the AHL Calder Cup Playoffs the past two seasons – the Grand Rapids Griffins.
The Amtrak Rivalry this season has been given a slight refresh. Out go the St. Louis Blues. In come the Vegas Golden Knights.. and also, partially, the St. Louis Blues too. Alright, the Chicago Wolves as an AHL affiliate is a little messy this season but the core of their affiliation agreement for 2017-18 and beyond is with the NHL’s latest expansion team, Vegas.
The way St. Louis is working their AHL talent this season is how I’d imagine Jackson Pollock would work a farm system in sports as their talent is kind of everywhere. They have a partial agreement to keep some talent in Chicago but, currently, there are only five players contracted by St. Louis playing in Chicago: Ivan Barbashyov, Petteri Lindbohm, MacKenzie MacEachern, Wade Megan, and Jake Walman. The rest are either Vegas property, Chicago property on AHL contracts, or -especially in net- currently on the roster by way of loans or professional try-out (PTO) contracts.
It’s all very well held together by duct tape this AHL business for the 2017-18 season but, thankfully, the Colorado Eagles will be elevated up from the ECHL next season to make it a 31 team league in the AHL to match that of the NHL. The Eagles will be affiliated to the Colorado Avalanche. That means the opening for the San Antonio Rampage is available for the St. Louis Blues who were left without a dance partner this go-around. They’re slightly still attached to Chicago but, as you’ll see, when Vegas starts building and unleashing their own prospect pool it could be really good.
The Milwaukee Admirals opened up the season going 4-1-0-0 (8 points, 0.800 points percentage). Their lone loss so far came last time out on home ice against the Rockford IceHogs. It was a bit of revenge for the IceHogs as they currently have a record of 6-1-0-0 (12 points, 0.857 points percentage). Their lone loss of the season was in their own barn to the Admirals. So, if you are a fan of how this pattern is playing out, tonight’s game taking place at the BMO Harris Bank Center is looking rather good.
The Hershey Bears were at the start of their three-in-three weekend when the Milwaukee Admirals won 4-1 last night at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. Tonight, the Rockford IceHogs arrive to Milwaukee and they are smack dab in the middle of a three-in-three weekend as well. While the Bears and IceHogs finish the weekend against each other tomorrow evening – the Admirals finish their’s tonight. It’s a good chance to empty the gas tank as the Admirals once again are due for another lengthy break between games. Their next game? Friday, in Rockford, against these IceHogs once again.
It has been a very long time since the Milwaukee Admirals have seen the Hershey Bears. In fact, the last meeting was the 2006 AHL Calder Cup Finals where the Bears defeated the Admirals and a very young Pekka Rinne and Shea Weber in a six-game series. That series ended in Milwaukee on 6/15/06 with a 5-1 Bears victory. Needless to say, much has changed for the two sides since they last played. Today: let’s simply focus in on what’s happening in 2017-18.