The Admirals recorded a very big win Saturday night to even the first round series with Texas at a game apiece.
Forward Mark Van Guilder said the team didn’t label it a “must-win.” Last year, said Van Guilder, so many games were “must-wins” and the Admirals “lost 13 or 14 must-win games.” He did say it was big.
Now the series shifts to Texas with both clubs receiving players from their respective parent teams.
1. In the regular season, Texas ranked 10th out of 15 Western Conference teams with 43 points on home ice. The Admirals were tied for fifth.
2. Milwaukee was tied for sixth with 42 points on the road. Texas was the best road team in the Western Conference.
3. Milwaukee is 10-1-0-0 on the road since March 2.
4. Texas has lost four straight at home, and five of its last six. The Stars last win at the Cedar Park Center was March 30.
Since Nashville’s season has come to an end, the Predators have assigned Taylor Beck, Chris Mueller, Kevin Henderson, Victor Bartley, Daniel Bang and Joonas Rask to Milwaukee. Those six players accounted for 63 of Milwaukee’s 197 regular season goals.
Texas has added some key pieces from Dallas, too, with Jordie Benn, Reilly Smith and Alex Chiasson joining the club.
It’s going to be interesting to see who will sit down to make room for the new guys. Since the All-Star break, the Admirals have been a very unselfish team, so I don’t foresee an issue.
Plus, I think every coach would love to have “too much” talent.
The games Wednesday and Friday will faceoff at 7:30pm.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year.