John Wright/Courtesy Norfolk Admirals
Three wins in their past five games, four wins in their last five home games, playing arguably their best hockey of the season while at Scope. Have the Admirals finally found a recipe for winning?
1 - Norfolk has scored at least one power play goal in ten of the last thirteen games.
2 - Goalie Jeff Deslauriers played in just his second game of the season Friday night, posting 31 saves on 32 shots and a .968 save percentage.
3 - Admirals Enforcers Jay Rosehill (2G,1A) and Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond (1G,2A) each had three points in Friday's game against the Wilkes Barre-Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh Penguins).
4 - Norfolk has won four of their last five games at Scope.
5 - Five Admirals on the current roster are at minus-14 or worse:
Mat Clark -17
Ryan Parent -14
Gabe Guentzel -15
Peter Holland -15
Devante Smith-Pelly -17
6 - Despite winning 4-1 against Wilkes Barre Scranton, only six different players had points in Friday's game (4G,6A)
7 - In what is a recurring and disturbing statistic, the Admirals can't seem to get any lower on the AHL's Penalty Minute standings, currently sitting at seventh with 952 PIMs in 45 games, an average of 20.84 minutes per game. In other words, the Admirals play, on average, a full period short-handed.
8 - Josh Brittain's eight points and six goals are both team highs since he joined the team from the ECHL's Fort Wayne Komets 15 games ago. Two of Brittain's goals – including one Friday night against Wilkes Barre-Scranton – were game-winning tallies.
9 - Devante Smith-Pelly picked up his ninth assist on the season on Friday night, setting up Brittain's game winning goal.
10 - The Admirals rank tenth in the AHL in Shootout Goals. In five games that have gone to a shoot-out, Norfolk has netted nine goals on 27 attempts.
Can the Admirals play the rest of their games at home?
Two weeks ago, Norfolk took three games straight at home including a weekend sweep of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (New York Islanders). Last weekend's road trip to Adirondack (Philadelphia Flyers) and Bridgeport saw the Admirals lose two in a row. Norfolk returned to Scope Friday night and won decisively over the WBS Penguins. The Admirals have played some of their best hockey over the four wins at home and, when getting solid goaltending, seem to have found a recipe for winning.
Dear Anaheim, please send us your scratches!
Peter Holland is scratched, then reassigned to Norfolk. Devante Smith-Pelly is scratched, also returned to Norfolk. Both Sami Vatanen and Jordan Hendry were scratches last night against the Dallas Stars. One would think, if Bruce Boudreau were going to sit two defensemen as healthy scratches, one of them could very easily be returned to Norfolk sometime soon. My bet is Hendry, but I think Vatanen would benefit more from the ice time in Norfolk.
Also keep a close eye on Jonas Hiller, who apparently "tweaked" something in the game against Dallas. If he's not going to be able to go and Deslauriers gets the call, Norfolk will be in a tough spot with goaltending, something they desperately need in order to climb back up in to the playoff chase.
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