COMPLETE NUTRITION GAME PREVIEW VS MILWAUKEE 3.18.17Mar 17, 2017
Milwaukee Admirals (36-20-3-3, 78 points) at Iowa Wild (29-24-6-2, 66 points)
Iowa returns home for the first time since Feb. 21 when it hosted Cleveland. The team concluded a six-game road trip with a 2-1 defeat in Milwaukee at UWM Panther Arena on Friday. The loss ended Iowa’s four-game points streak (3-0-1-0) and sent the team home with a 3-2-1-0 record on the trip. After playing three games in the first 16 days of March, Iowa plays eight games in the final 14 days of the month. The club is 15-6-3-1 over the last 25 games. Milwaukee has taken the last four games of the season series.
Saturday marks the 33rd all-time meeting between Iowa and Milwaukee. The Wild is 11-17-2-2 all-time against the Admirals, including a 4-9-2-0 mark at home. Milwaukee is 21-8-2-1 all-time against Iowa and 11-1-2-1 all-time in Des Moines. The two teams will meet eight times this season. Iowa is 2-4-0-0 in the season series, including a 1-1-0-0 mark in Des Moines.
Iowa is 11-13-3-2 at home this season and 4-5-1-0 over the last 10 outings. The Wild has been outscored by the visitors 83-72 this season. The Admirals are 19-10-0-3 on the road and 6-3-0-1 over the last 10 games. Milwaukee has outscored its opponents while on the road 90-86.
Team Date Time Radio / TV
vs. Milwaukee 3/18 6:00 PM CT KXNO / iHeartRadio / MC22
at Charlotte 3/21 6:00 PM CT KXNO / iHeartRadio
at Charlotte 3/22 6:00 PM CT KXNO / iHeartRadio
at Cleveland 3/24 6:00 PM CT KXNO / iHeartRadio
at Cleveland 3/26 6:00 PM CT KXNO / iHeartRadio
3.14.17: Add – C Tyler Graovac – recalled to Minnesota (NHL)
3.14.17: Add – C Tyler Sikura– signed PTO
3.15.17: Add – D Nolan Zajac– signed PTO
Last Time Out
Milwaukee’s Pontus Aberg scored a power-play goal 5:20 into the second period and goalie Marek Mazanec carried a shutout into the third period to preserve a 2-1 win in Milwaukee on Friday night. Rookie Sam Anas scored his club’s lone goal off a penalty shot in the third period. Goalie Alex Stalock made 29 saves in the defeat.
Through 61 games of the regular season rookie Alex Tuch is the team’s active leader with 31 points in 43 outings. Tuch is first in goals (15) and third in assists (16). Veteran center Pat Cannone leads the team with 21 assists and he is second with 30 points in 58 games played. Cannone also has nine goals for the season. Mike Reilly is tied for third among active skaters with 23 points in 42 games played. Reilly is also among the team leaders with 18 assists. Rookie Sam Anas is tied for third in scoring with 23 points in 52 games. Anas has 11 goals and 12 assists this season.
Veteran Alex Stalock and Steve Michalek split time in net for Iowa. Stalock is 19-13-7 with a 2.37 GAA and a .923 SV%. Michalek is 10-11-1 with a 2.63 GAA and a .918 SV%.
Iowa’s power play sits 12th in the league after going 40-for-218 (18.3%). The Wild’s penalty kill sits 15th in the AHL after stopping 182-of-222 (82.0%).
· Iowa needs two more points to surpass the team record for points in a season. Iowa posted 67 in 2013-14.
· Iowa’s defenseman Nick Seeler was handed a three-game suspension from the AHL. He serves game two Saturday.
· Wild winger Kurtis Gabriel serves the sixth and final game of his six-game suspension on Saturday.
Right wing Frederick Gaudreau leads the team in scoring with 20 goals and 21 assists for 41 points in 52 games played. He is second in goals and ranks fifth in assists. Right wing Pontus Aberg is first on the club with 24 goals and tied for first in scoring with 41 points in 46 games played. Center Trevor Smith is first on the team with 28 assists and third in scoring with 40 points in 61 games played. Fellow center Vladislav Kamenev is fourth overall with 39 points in 56 games played. He is tied for second on the team with 25 assists. Left wing Matt White is fifth overall with 37 points and he is tied for second in assists. Alexandre Carrier leads all defenseman with 31 points in 59 games played.
Goalies Marek Mazanec and Jonas Gunnarsson share time in net for Milwaukee. Mazanec is 20-13-2 with a 2.81 GAA and a .905 SV %. Gunnarsson is 3-5-2 with a 3.09 GAA and a .889 SV %.
Milwaukee’s power play is 10th, going 48-for-244 (19.7%). The Admirals are 11th on the penalty kill, stopping 211-of-256 (82.3%).