Ed. Note: Since we know that there wont be any NHL action through the month of November, we're going to bring you guys more coverage of the Ducklings on the Admirals. I've stolen an idea from Athletics Nation called 'Stat-urday'. Every Saturday, we're going to breakdown the Admirals (and eventually the Ducks) by the numbers. It's a different perspective on just regular stats.
To help us out, long-time Admirals fan, Scott, will be contributing posts on Saturdays to go along with Shawn's continuing in-depth Admirals coverage. Enjoy!
By the numbers:
0 - Number of times the Admirals have trailed in a game.
1 - Norfolk has scored first in each of the four games
2 - Two Admirals, Kyle Palmieri and Peter Holland, have points in all four games
3 - Number of goals scored by Admirals forward Corey Elkins, the final coming in overtime, against the Connecticut Whale on Friday, Oct. 19th.
4 - The Admirals lead the AHL with 4.75 goals per game
5 - Sami Vatanen is tied for second in points for AHL defensemen with 5 assists and 1 goal
6 - Vatanen and Palmeri lead the Admirals in points with 6
7 - Nate Guenin is tied for the AHL lead in +/- with a plus-7
8 - Total points Norfolk has accumulated with 4 wins
9 - Ads goalie Frederik Andersen leads the team in Save Percentage with .911
10 - Ten different players scored goals for the Admirals through the first four games, which is tied for first in the Eastern Conference
- The Admirals signed the young journeyman defenseman Ryan Parent to a PTO Wednesday; most likely due to the recent loss of Matt Smaby. Smaby, whose career has been plagued with injuries [Ed. Note: missed a majority of previous season with Ducks due to a hand injury from a fight], went down in the second period of Friday night's game against the Whale. Smaby had to be helped off the ice and looked as though he was favoring a leg.
- The length of Parent's PTO could last until Smaby returns, or, as was the case with JP Cote last season, could turn in to a Standard Players Contract depending on how he plays; Smaby's status; and/or the end of the NHL lockout. Either way, Parent, who is listed as 6' 2", 205lbs, should fit right in to the player model the Admirals have this season. His experience should also help shore up the blue line, having played in 106 NHL games, 26 NHL Playoff games, 135 AHL games and 15 AHL playoff games.
- The biggest weakness to date for the Admirals has been the inconsistent play in the defensive zone. In all four games thus far, the Admirals have gone through long stretches of simply not being able to collect the puck and move it out of their zone, making 5-on-5 situations often look like opposing team power plays. This situation is ok early in the season, as it is very easy to score goals, but not so easy to defend against them.
- I believe it to be a simple case of a lack of communication, trust in the system, and trust in each other. There have been several instances of guys getting caught chasing the puck, loose pucks that two players start to go for and then both waive off, and an over-commitment that results in someone being out of position. Coach Yawney has been shown to be a great teacher when it comes to the defensive side of the game and will continue to work with the players to get them moving down the right track.