The heat is on..
The last chapter has opened and the final page awaits an inscription..
And the Admirals’ starting to make notes. The Norfolk Admirals sit in second place three points behind Philadelphia in the Southern Conference are currently embarking on some of their most crucial games of the season. With the Hershey Bears snipping at the heels only four points in the rear- view mirror-the Admirals are running against time with only several games left on the calendar.
If the regular season ended today, Norfolk would be seeded eighth while Philadelphia would place third and Hershey ninth. The team earned three out of four points in its last weekends games against Cincinnati Mighty Ducks.
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Ron Hainsey -D (Drafted-00(1/13))Hainsey managed 3 points through 9 games since our last update. He injured his shoulder during a March 3rd game against Manitoba, and has missed the last 2 games. There’s still no word on a possible return date. Overall, the 6’3″, 200-lbs defenseman has played 49 games. He has 27 points (7-20-27), and is +12 with 18 minutes in penalties. He’s second on the Citadelles in plus/minus, and is tops among the team’s current crop of defensemen. Four of his goals were scored on the powerplay, and he’s directed 101 shots on goal.
Mathieu Garon -G (Drafted-96(2/44))Garon was recently recalled by the Canadiens, and will back-up Jose Theodore. Overall, the 6’2″, 192-lbs goalie has played 42 AHL games. He has a 20-11-10 record with 2.63 GAA, and a .921 save percentage.
Eric Chouinard -F (Drafted-98(1/16))Chouinard picked up 6 points through 11 games since our last update. He was shutout by Lowell on March 6th, thereby ending a 4-game point-scoring streak. Overall, the 6’3″, 207-lbs left winger has played 54 games. He has 39 points (17-22-39), and is -1 with 16 minutes in penalties. Surprisingly, he has only one powerplay goal; which actually speaks volumes for Chouinard’s 5-on-5 play this season. He’s also directed 145
shots on goal.
Francois Beauchemin -D (Drafted-98(3/75))Beauchemin scored 2 goals and added 5 assists through 11 games since our last update. He was shutout during a recent game against Lowell, thereby ending a 3-game point-scoring streak. Overall, the 6’0″, Read more»
Albany Week in Review #23
Broken record. No wins this week. Sorry.
Any writer covering a team that is in the basement must, to the reader(s), sound like a broken record. “Hey, didn’t we read that last week?” Well, reporting loss after loss is not exactly a picnic. On the other hand, this writer had occasion this week to run into a former Adirondack Red Wings’ fan (who converted to become a partisan of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute college hockey, rather than an Albany River Rats’ follower). This writer told Ron, the Wings/Engineers’ fan, that “now I know what it was like for you several years ago.” Ron, the Wings’ fan, got a laugh out of that.
You see, in the final two (of 20) years as the AHL franchise for the Detroit Red Wings, the Adirondack Red Wings were not really competitive. In a precursor to this year’s River Rats, the Wings were a mediocre team. In 1998-99, the Wings finished with 53 points in 80 games, with 21 wins, 48 losses, 3 overtime losses and 8 ties. The Wings that year (their last in the AHL) notched only 184 goals. The River Rats won the year’s head-to-head matchup, 9-2-1.
The last Adirondack game in franchise history was played on Saturday, April 24, 1999. It was a playoff game, in which the Rochester Americans won, 2-1, with only 1,732 fans in attendance at the Glens Falls Civic Center. (Fans of reform of the playoff scenario noted that the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks, with 76 points in the standings, but last in the Mid-Atlantic conference, got cheated out of a playoff chance, while Read more»
Coach Ron Low and G.M. Glen Sather who have seemingly lost touch with how to motivate the new era of NHL players have basically refused to look at what is available in the system. Certain questions need to be asked. What is available & can it help? Are there other routes available?
After much “hair pulling” Glen Sather finally made a couple “inspirational” moves: The first was to send Dan Blackburn down to Hartford for a little extra work and motivation while calling up Johan Holmqvist to sit on the bench, face NHL warm up and NHL practice shots proved be a good one. Holmqvist returned to Hartford as even a greater asset and that much better of a player. Holmqvist has registered a solid season in Hartford posting a 19-9-6 record with a very respectable 3.12 GAA. Blackburn responded with back to back starts and solid performances for the Rangers.
The second move was to finally bring the self made enigma Michal Grosek up from Hartford where he was playing his normal physical, penalty filled, offensive game. Grosek wracked up 14 goals and 44 points in 48 games and added 167 penalty minutes. His banging style has been something the Rangers have really needed in the past 2 months. He was united with Eric Lindros and added a nice physical presence, one that can even spell a goal and assist when needed here and there. The problem is that Grosek seems to play when he wants to and in the style he wants, then again … Coach Low seems more out of touch of what any player can offer thus nullifying this argue.