COMPLETE NUTRITION GAME PREVIEW AT MILWAUKE 12.28.16Dec 28, 2016
Iowa Wild (14-14-2-1, 31 points) at Milwaukee Admirals (17-8-2-1, 37 points)
Iowa and Milwaukee meet for the fifth time this season, as both teams have taken a pair of games in the season series. Milwaukee claimed a 3-1 win at Iowa in the last meeting on Dec. 6. Iowa is coming off a 4-1 win over Rockford on Monday night at home. It marked the fourth win in the last six outings for the Wild. Milwaukee is coming off a 5-2 defeat to Chicago at home on Monday night. The Admirals have dropped three straight and five of their last eight.
Wednesday marks the 31st all-time meeting between Iowa and Milwaukee. The Wild is 11-15-2-2 all-time against the Admirals, including a 7-6-0-2 mark in Wisconsin. Milwaukee is 19-8-2-1 all-time against Iowa and 8-7-0-0 all-time at home.
Iowa is 6-4-2-0 on the road this season and 5-4-1-0 over the last 10 outings. Iowa has points in five of its last six games. The Wild has been outscored by the home teams 33-29 this season. The Ads are 6-3-2-0 at home and 5-5-0-0 over the last ten games. Milwaukee has been outscored by the road teams 37-36.
Team Date Time Radio / TV
at Milwaukee 12/28 7:00 PM CT KXNO/ iHeartRadio
at Rockford 12/30 7:00 PM CT KXNO/ iHeartRadio
vs. Chicago 12/31 3:00 PM CT KXNO /iHeartRadio
at Grand Rapids 1/4 6:00 PM CT KXNO/ iHeartRadio
at Manitoba 1/7 7:00 PM CT KXNO/ iHeartRadio
12.24.16: Add – F Pat Cannone – assigned by Minnesota (NHL)
12.27.16: Delete – F Jordan Schroeder – recalled by Minnesota (NHL)
Last Time Out
The Iowa Wild defeated the Rockford IceHogs 4-1 in front of 6,517 fans on Monday night at Wells Fargo Arena. Right wing Teemu Pulkkinen scored twice and added an assist to lead Iowa over Rockford. Iowa goalie Alex Stalock stopped 22 of 23 for the victory. Wild forwards Mario Lucia and Christoph Bertschy also scored, as Iowa improved to 8-10-0-1 at home this season. Rockford goalie Lars Johanson made 18 saves as the Hogs saw their four-game point streak snapped.
Through the first 31 games of the regular season, right wing Teemu Pulkkinen leads the club with 11 goals and 20 points in 21 games played. Pulkkinen also leads the team in power-play goals (4), first goals (5), game-winning goals (3) and shots (73). Recently recalled to Minnesota, forward Jordan Schroeder is among the leaders in scoring with 12 assists and 18 points in 25 games played. Schroeder’s 12 assists are tied for first on the team. Rookie Alex Tuch is third in scoring with 17 points in 31 games played. Tuch has seven goals and 10 assists, ranking in the top 20 for all AHL rookies in points. Veteran center Pat Cannone is fourth in scoring with 16 points, off 12 assists and four goals. Mike Reilly and Gustav Olofsson are next in scoring with 12 points, leading all defensemen in points. Olofsson has three goals and nine assists in 29 games played. Reilly also has three goals and nine assists, but has played in 19 games. Forward Colton Beck (3g-9a) and rookie Mario Lucia (4g,8a) also rank among the team’s scoring leaders.
Veteran Alex Stalock and Steve Michalek split time in net for Iowa. Stalock is 9-7-2 with a 2.66 GAA and a .909 SV%. Michalek is 5-7-1 with a 2.85 GAA and a .915 SV%.
Iowa’s power play sits 16th in the league after going 21-for-123 (17.1%). The Wild’s penalty kill sits 18th after stopping 100-of-123 (81.3%).
● Wild goalie Alex Stalock is 7-2-2 over his last 11 outings, posting a 1.98 GAA and a .929 SV % with two shutouts.
Center Vladislav Kamenev leads the Admirals in scoring with eight goals and 14 assists for 22 points in 28 games played. He is second on the team in goals and tied for the team lead in assists. Veteran center Trevor Smith is tied for second in scoring with left wing Matt White. Smith has 20 points in 27 games played and is first on the team with 10 goals. White has 20 points in 25 games played, coming off eight goals and 12 assists. Rookie Alexandre Carrier is fourth on the team in points and first among all defensemen with 18 in 28 games played. Carrier is tied for the team lead in assists, with seven of them coming on the power play. Adam Payerl has 16 points in 28 games played.
Goalies Marek Mazanec and Jonas Gunnarsson share time in net for Milwaukee. Mazenec is 5-4-1 with a 2.99 GAA and a .892 SV %. Mazanec has started the last five games. Gunnarsson is 1-2-1 with a 4.21 GAA and a .850 SV %.
Milwaukee’s power play is 14th, going 22-for-122 (18.0%). The Admirals are seventh on the penalty kill, stopping 110 of 131 (84.9%).