People are going to be busy over the next few days with the Thanksgiving holidays. There are Turkeys to prepare, decorations to be put up, and shopping to be done. Lets not forget one other big component of the weekend. The Admirals have a game tonight against the Checkers.I hope to see a good crowd out at Scope tonight as Norfolk tries to get things back in order against a tough Checkers club.
From The Norfolk Admirals:
NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk Admirals look to get back to their winning ways as they play the Charlotte Checkers at home on Wednesday before embarking on a brief two-game road swing this weekend.
The Admirals returned to Scope following a four-game road trip last weekend. On Friday night, Patrick Maroon and Nate Guenin gave Norfolk a 2-1 lead, but Springfield’s Cam Atkinson scored twice in the second period and goaltender Curtis McElhinney stopped 36 of 38 Norfolk shots as the Falcons defeated the Admirals, 3-2. The next night, Chris Wagner and Peter Holland scored, but the Eastern Conference-leading Falcons skated away with a 5-2 victory.
The Admirals host the Western Conference-leading Charlotte Checkers in the first game of the GEICO Challenge Cup on Wednesday night at Scope. It is also the first Admirals Value Night of 2012-13, with Family Fun Packs and Student Rush Night tickets available. Norfolk returns to action after Thanksgiving with a pair of road games, visiting Adirondack Friday and Connecticut Saturday.
At 7-7-0-0 (14 points), the Admirals are fourth in the East Division and tied for eighth in the Eastern Conference.
THE ADMIRALS’ WEEK AHEAD
Wed., Nov. 21 … vs. Charlotte Checkers (Carolina Hurricanes) … 7:15 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 23 … at Adirondack Phantoms (Philadelphia Flyers) … 7:00 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 24 … at Connecticut Whale (New York Rangers) … 7:00 p.m.
- Norfolk has lost two straight and seven of its last ten games (3-7-0-0). After winning their first four home games, the Admirals have posted a 1-3-0-0 record at Scope in their last four home games.
- Good starts are critical to Norfolk’s success this season. The Admirals are 7-2-0-0 when scoring first and 4-1-0-0 when leading after one period this season. They are 0-5-0-0 when surrendering the game’s first goal and are 1-4-0-0 when trailing after one period this season.
- The Admirals’ penalty kill has stopped 16 of the last 18 opponent power plays (88.9%).
- Norfolk has allowed a shorthanded goal in four of its last five games.
- With two wins last weekend, Springfield doubled its franchise’s all-time regulation wins total at Norfolk Scope Arena. Norfolk is now 16-4-0-0-1 when playing the Falcons in Hampton Roads.
- The Admirals combined to score three goals in the first periods of last weekend’s two games against the Falcons. Entering the games, Springfield had allowed only three goals in the first period in their first 12 games.
- Friday’s game against Springfield was the first home of the season in which neither Kyle Palmierior Peter Holland registered at least one point. Palmieri (3g, 8a) and Holland (6g, 4a) now have points in seven of Norfolk’s eight home games this season.
- Holland (7g, 7a) leads Norfolk in both goals and points (14).
- Sami Vatanen (2g, 9a) leads the Admirals in assists and ranks third among AHL rookie defensemen in points. Vatanen also ranks third among all AHL rookies in assists.
- All three games the Admirals play this week are against teams outside of the East Division. Norfolk has played just three games (all against Binghamton) against East Division opposition in their 14 games this season.
SCOPING THE COMPETITION – SCOUTING REPORT FOR UPCOMING HOME GAMES
- The Admirals play the Charlotte Checkers on Wednesday night at Scope in the first of eight meetings this season. Charlotte is the NHL affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes. This is Game 1 in the battle to win the GEICO Challenge Cup.
- The Checkers (11-3-0-2, 24 points) lead the South Division, Western Conference and overall AHL standings.
- Norfolk is 5-3-0-0 at home this season while Charlotte is 8-2-0-2 on the road. The Checkers began the season on a nine-game road trip (6-2-0-1).
- Charlotte is currently on a five-game point streak (4-0-0-1) and is 7-2-0-1 in its last ten games.
- The Checkers have the AHL’s third-best offense (3.63 goals per game) and fifth-best defense (2.44 goals against per game).
- Charlotte’s offense tends to awaken after the first period. In 16 games this season, Charlotte has just eight first period goals, but has 23 goals in the second period (T-1st in AHL) and 25 goals in the third period (1st in AHL).
- The Checkers are 5-0-0-0 when trailing after the first period and 3-1-0-0 when trailing after the second period. Only Charlotte, Abbotsford (3-1-0-0), Grand Rapids (3-0-0-1) and Syracuse (2-0-0-1) have winning records when trailing after the first period, while Charlotte joins Grand Rapids (3-0-0-0) as the only AHL teams to have a winning record when trailing after two periods.
- Charlotte has the top power play in the AHL (19/72, 26.4%) and the tenth-best penalty kill (10/71, 85.9%).
- Charlotte is the second least-penalized team in the AHL this season, averaging only 13.56 penalty minutes per game (217 PIM in 16 GP).
- Checkers forwards Drayson Bowman and Zach Boychuk are tied for the AHL lead with 10 goals. Four of Boychuk’s goals are game-winners (1st in AHL).
- Charlotte goaltender Dan Ellis ranks third in goals-against average (1.67) and save percentage (.947) in the AHL. His creasemate Justin Peters is tied for third in the AHL in wins (7).
- Among all AHL defensemen, Checkers blueliner Justin Faulk ranks second in points (15) and fourth in assists (12).
- There are no shared alumni between the current Norfolk and Charlotte rosters.
- Norfolk’s games against Charlotte are the only contests against Western Conference opposition this regular season.
Goals: Peter Holland (7)
Assists: Sami Vatanen (9)
Points: Peter Holland, Kyle Palmieri (14)
Games: Several (14)
PP goals: Patrick Maroon, Kyle Palmieri (3)
SH Goals: Troy Bodie, Chris Wagner (1)
+/- Rating: Nate Guenin (+8)
PIM: Troy Bodie (41)
GAA: Frederik Andersen (2.76)
Spct: Frederik Andersen (.915)
Wins: Frederik Andersen (4)
Losses: Igor Bobkov (4)
GPl: Frederik Andersen (9)
Minutes: Frederik Andersen (501)
Goals: Drayson Bowman, Zach Boychuk (10)
Assists: Justin Faulk (12)
Points: Zach Boychuk, Justin Faulk (15)
Games: Several (16)
PP goals: Drayson Bowman, Zach Boychuk (4)
SH Goals: Nicolas Blanchard, Chris Terry (1)
+/- Rating: Jerome Samson (+10)
PIM: Nicolas Blanchard (33)
GAA: Dan Ellis (1.67)
Spct: Dan Ellis (.947)
Wins: Justin Peters (7)
Losses: Dan Ellis (2)
GPI: Justin Peters (9)
Minutes: Justin Peters (505)
Goals: Brayden Schenn (8)
Assists: Brayden Schenn (9)
Points: Brayden Schenn (17)
Games: Several (14)
PP goals: Brayden Schenn (3)
SH Goals: Sean Couturier, Brayden Schenn (1)
+/- Rating: Oliver Lauridsen (+5)
PIM: Marc-Andre Bourdon (55)
GAA: Scott Munroe (2.57)
Spct: Scott Munroe (.924)
Wins: Cal Heeter, Scott Munroe (3)
Losses: Cal Heeter, Scott Munroe (4)
GPI: Scott Munroe (8)
Minutes: Scott Munroe (443)
Goals: Several (5)
Assists: Kris Newbury (9)
Points: Kris Newbury (14)
Games: Several (14)
PP goals: Matt Gilroy, Kris Newbury (3)
SH Goals: Kyle Jean, Kris Newbury (1)
+/- Rating: Sam Klassen (+3)
PIM: Kris Newbury (48)
GAA: Cameron Talbot (2.30)
Spct: Cameron Talbot (.931)
Wins: Cameron Talbot (5)
Losses: Cameron Talbot (4)
GPI: Cameron Talbot (9)
Minutes: Cameron Talbot (495)