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Milwaukee Admirals Update: Feb. 22

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators

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OVERALL…The Admirals enter this week’s action with a 31-15-2-7 record and 71 points, which is good for a first place tie in an extremely tight West Division where the top six teams are separated by just four points and seventh in the division is only seven points behind. The Ads are tied with Houston for the top spot, with Texas close behind at 70. Peoria sits in fourth with 69, while San Antonio is fifth with 68, followed by Oklahoma City and at 67 points, and Chicago is in seventh with 64. The Ads play four games in the next five nights, starting with tonight’s game versus the Aeros. They head to Oklahoma City on Wednesday before returning to the Bradley Center Friday night at 7 against Chicago and then finish out the week Saturday night in Rockford.

LAST WEEK…The Admirals began their week with a 2-1 shoot-out win over Houston Friday night at the Bradley Center, snapping a three-game shoot-out losing streak. Jeremy Smith made 34 saves in regulation and overtime and then four of six Houston shooters to collect his ninth win of the season. Mark Van Guilder tallied Milwaukee’s lone goal in the first 65 minutes, while Blake Geoffrion, Roman Josi, and Gabriel Bourque all scored in the shoot-out. Saturday night in Peoria, Kelsey Wilson, Geoffrion, and Bourque all lit the lamp, while Smith turned aside all 24 shots for the shutout in a 3-0 win over the Rivermen. On Sunday, the Admirals dropped a 2-1 decision to the Texas Stars at the BC, snapping their three-game winning streak. Jon Blum tallied the team’s lone goal.

GOING UP…The Predators have recalled defenseman Jon Blum from the Admirals. The recall is the first of his career for the 2007 first round selection, the first California native ever to be drafted in the opening round. Blum leads Milwaukee defenseman and is second on the team with 34 points on 11 goals and 23 assists to go along with a +7 rating. Including his goal on Sunday afternoon against the Stars, Blum has a point in 12 of his last 14 contests and from January 15 through February 9 he tallied a nine-game point streak. As a rookie in 2009-10, Blum skated in all 80 games for Milwaukee, finishing the season with the year with 41 points (11g-30a) and +17 rating.

GOALIE SWAP…The Predators have swapped goalies with the Admirals, assigning Anders Lindback to Milwaukee and recalling Mark Dekanich from the Ads. This is the fourth recall of the season for Dekanich, and the second in five days. The North Vancouver, BC native is 20-8-5 on the season with a .929 save percentage, a 2.04 goals against average and four shutouts. A 2011 AHL All-Star, Dekanich made his NHL debut on Dec. 18 vs. Los Angeles, stopping 22-of-25 shots in 50 minutes of action. A rookie from Gavle, Sweden, Lindback joins the Admirals for the first time. He has been impressive with the Predators thus far, posting a 10-5-2 record with a 2.58 goals against average, a .910 save percentage and a pair of shutouts.

JEREMY’S SPOKEN…Admirals netminder Jeremy Smith turned aside a career high 34 shots in Friday night’s win over Houston, including a perfect 16-for-16 in the opening period, and then earned his second career shutout Saturday night with a 24-save performance in Peoria. The shoot-out victory was the first of his career, in spite of it being just his second start in the past four weeks. The Dearborn, MI native, who was co-MVP in the Kelly Cup Playoffs with Cincinnati last season, now owns a 10-4-1 record to go along with a 2.27 goals against average, a .923 save percentage.

THE ROMAN EMPIRE…Admirals defenseman Roman Josi assisted on Jon Blum’s goal Sunday afternoon, giving him at least a point in 13 straight games. That is tied for the longest streak this season in the AHL, and his eight-game assist streak is currently the longest in the league. On the season the Bern, Switzerland native is fourth on the Admirals roster with 28 points (6g-22a) in spite of missing the first seven games of the season. Josi’s streak is the longest by an Admiral since Mike Santorelli picked up a point in 14 consecutive games from November 22 through December 19, 2008.

GETTING BUSY…Despite going on a ten-game road trip earlier this season, the Admirals are now into their most taxing part of their schedule. The Ads are into a stretch that will see them play 11 games in 15 days that helps to bring them back in line with the rest of the teams in the division, who have all played between 57 and 60 games.. In that span the Ads will play one three-in-three and four back-to-backs. Over the course of the next nine days, the Admirals will play seven games and on the two days they have off they will be flying to their next opponent.

ALUMNI UPDATE…Former Admiral Rich Peverley was traded from the Atlanta Thrashers to the Boston Bruins along with Boris Valabik for Mark Stuart and Blake Wheeler. At the time of the trade Peverley was tied for fourth on the Thrashers roster with 34 points (14g-20a) after establishing career highs with 55 points on 22 goals and 33 assists last year. Peverley played parts of three seasons with the Admirals where he totaled averaged nearly a point per game with 168 points in 176 games in Milwaukee. He will look to make his debut with the Bruins when they host Calgary tonight.

OVER THE AIR AND ON THE WEB…For the fourth consecutive season Sportsradio 1250 WSSP will serve as the Admirals flagship station with Aaron Sims calling all of the hard-hitting end-to-end action. In addition, the team has a one-hour hockey magazine dubbed “Milwaukee Admirals Center Ice” that airs every Monday from 6-7 pm on WSSP. Fans can watch all Admirals games, home and on the road, live on the internet via NeuLion. Simply go the Admirals website at and click on the AHL Live banner.
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