AHL Game Night: 1/11/11 Checkers at Admirals
Is it time for the Admirals to start bailing water out of the ship?
Cedrick Desjardins allowed 2 goals on 39 shots in the loss. He has to be wondering why all that goal support he was getting the first couple of months of the season has evaporated.
CHA Osala, (9) (Sutter, Terry), 11:16
CHA Blanchard, (3) (Samson, McNicoll), 10:49
NOR Pouliot, (10) , 14:52
Desjardins was named the second star of the game.
Norfolk is now 2-4-3-1 in their last 10 games. 2 regulation wins in 10 tries is pretty poor, no matter how you slice it. Their 138 goals are still the most in the league, but they've been held to 2 or fewer goals in 5 of their last 8 games. Unsurprisingly, they're 0-3-1-1 in those games. There's your losing streak, and it's also no coincidence that All-Star selection Johan Harju has just 1 goal in his last 9 games. Not to put it all on one guy, but he was one of the players acting as the straw that stirred the drink earlier in the season. He needs to round back into form. Pure speculation, but I wonder if he may be down seeing his buddy Linus Omark get more opportunities with Edmonton. He shouldn't feel that way if he does, though. Edmonton's getting their brains beat in on a nightly basis while, if Harju picks his production back up, there's certainly a good shot he could be up in Tampa when the rosters expand as the Lightning push toward the playoffs. That's somewhere Omark and the Oilers aren't going without buying tickets, I assure you.
Box score from TheAHL.com.