Down To The Wire
Apr 15, 2013
Milwaukee, WI– With just four games to go in the regular season, the Admirals play their biggest game of the year to date on Tuesday night at 7:00 pm against the Chicago Wolves in Amtrak Rivalry action at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
After their defeat to the Rockford IceHogs on Saturday the Ads currently sit on the outside looking in to the playoffs. The two teams entered that game in a deadlock for the final playoff spot in the West, but the IceHogs victory moved them to sole possession of the eighth seed and pushed Milwaukee down to ninth.
Included in the playoff scramble are the Wolves. The Amtrak Rivals are tied with the Admirals on points, 81, but the Ads currently hold the tiebreaker with Chicago based on a greater number of regulation/overtime wins (34-30). The Ads also own the second tie-breaker with Chicago due to more points earned in the season series between the two teams.
The Western Conference teams who have already clinched their spot in the playoffs include: Texas Stars, Toronto Marlies, Grand Rapids Griffins, and Charlotte Checkers. Other teams in the mix include the Houston Aeros, Rochester Americans, and the Oklahoma City Barons. With the battle atop the standings fairly distanced from the fight at the bottom, it is important to follow the Admirals top two rivals en route to the regular season finale this Sunday.
The Admirals play against the Wolves twice out of their final four games this week: Tuesday at home and Saturday on the road. Both teams have four games left to play this season, both only have a single game against a non-playoff contending team, and both teams are squared up with 81 points. As it stands right now, with the tiebreakers favoring the Admirals ahead of the Wolves, it is paramount for the team to continue its winning ways over their Amtrak Rivals in order to vault past Rockford.
Rockford only has two games left and will complete their season Saturday night against the top seed of the Western Conference, the Texas Stars. Ahead of that contest they will play against a San Antonio Rampage team that has the second fewest points in the AHL.
Considering Rockford controls the head-to-head split (7-4-1-0) and currently own one more regulation/overtime win than the Ads, the points split between the two will be the key between the Admirals making or missing the playoffs. The points gap right now is two, 83-81. The Ads will need to capitalize on the fact they will have four games to play before their season ends as opposed to Rockford’s two.
Simply put, the Admirals control their own destiny so if they win their remaining games they will be in the playoffs regardless of what Chicago or Rockford does.
For tickets fans should call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or by logging onto www.ticketmaster.com. Groups of 10 or more receive significant discounts off the original ticket price. For more information, or to purchase group tickets, fans can call the Admirals office at (414) 227-0550.
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