Admirals Stat-urday: Groundhog Day in Norfolk

Rick Stewart

The numbers are not kind to the Admirals this week, in the midst of a six game losing streak.

0- The Admirals have zero players in the top ten in any statistic officially recorded by the AHL.

1--Norfolk is first in the AHL for shots in a period, 26, which they accomplished in the first Period of their 4-2 win over the Binghamton Senators (Ottawa Senators) on November 3.

2--Recently signed center Rod Pelley has played in two games and is a minus-2 with five shots on goal.

3--Three players-Kyle Palmieri, Mat Clark, and Devante Smith-Pelly, round out the bottom of the team's plus-minus stats with minus-10. Last week, Clark and Smith-Pelly were at minus-9, but the losing streak remains unkind.

4--The Admirals have been beaten by a score of 5-2 four times in the past five games.

5--Norfolk currently sits in fifth place (out of five teams) in the East Division and remains only one point ahead of the Albany Devils (New Jersey Devils) who are currently last in the league and have a game in hand.

6--The Admirals are currently on a six game losing streak and are 1-9 in their last ten games. They have not scored more than two goals in any of those six games.

7--Norfolk has only won seven of its 18 games this season. The Admirals won the first four of the season but have only been able to muster three wins in 14 games since.

8--Norfolk's goalie tandem of Frederik Andersen and Igor Bobkov have a combined .898 save percentage (Andersen .915, Bobkov .886).

9--Peter Holland leads the Admirals in goals (nine) and points (17) through18 games.

The six game losing streak really seems like a low budget film titled "5-2" with four sequels, all of which just recycle the same script, same actors, same plot, same "silly" mix-ups and the same end result.

The post-game pressers are the same, the mentality is the same: defensive breakdowns, sloppy play, no desperation, turnovers, adversity, rinse and repeat.

Norfolk also seems to be plagued by the number two as they have not been able to pot more than two goals per game in nine out of the past ten.

It's understood that the AHL is a developmental league, but with the NHL currently locked out and the talent that's present on the Admirals' roster, it's hard to understand just what is ailing this team.

"The turn-around is close," said head coach Trent Yawney. "They think it's far away, but it's close."

I truly hope so. Admirals fans remember the transition from the Chicago Blackhawks affiliation to the Tampa Bay Lightning and what it was like to go from consistent post-season appearances to living in the basement of the league.

There are rumblings that Norfolk is in the same situation again, however there is one big difference between the first year Tampa affiliation and this one--talent. The Admirals have the ability to win, but it would seem they haven't figured out how to use it yet.

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