the admirals are a mess and we should talk about it

Norfolk currently sits 2nd in the Eastern Division of the AHL. They could be in first had they managed to just take two games to overtime this week. They’re depressing. The Smiths depressing. 

(this is a depressing post with foul language or whatever )

Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now

In my life

why do I smile

at people who I’d much rather kick in the eye

When the season first started, there was a lot of excitement and anticipation of what might happened. Despite some rocky patches, the team managed to win more than they lost. They did it in spite of any smart strategy, by getting outshot and then scoring  some timely goals and letting a goaltending array of John Gibson, Igor Bobkov, Brad Thiessen, Frederik Andersen, and Viktor Fasth take the load. Somehow, they managed to make it to this week. They could manage to take at least a 2-point lead over idle Binghamton by just getting into overtime. It looked like it would happen, until they gave up a terrible last minute goal to Charlotte on Tuesday. Friday saw some hope with DSP scoring the opening goal…and then the team saying “ah fuck it” on defense.  I generally have a pessimistic worldview and this just makes me miserable.

This Charming Man

I would go out tonight
but I haven’t got a stitch to wear
this man said “It’s gruesome
that someone so handsome should care”

I am not a believer in plus/minus, especially with great goaltending. We need to figure out how to measure when someone is defensively responsible, though.  A great resource comes from Josh Weissbock, who does advanced statistics for the AHL. They’re not as detailed as what the NHL offers, given the lack of data at the AHL level. Anyway, it’s pretty damning for Stortini. Charlie Sarault has a 56.3% Goals For on-ice percentage with a 6.86% difference. Stortini has a -21.93% difference, meaning the team scores more when he’s OFF the ice.  How bad is Stortini? His on-ice differential is better than Joseph Cramarossa, Andrew O’Brien, Chris Collins, Brad Staubitz, and Steve Eminger.  The first three are in the ECHL, the fourth was consistently healthy scratched, and the last is um not good.   Want to make it worse? Stortini was on the ice for two even strength goals against.

Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One Before

Stop me, oh, stop me 

Stop me if you think that you’ve heard this one before

I’m gonna end this one here. The Admirals could have been on top by at least 2 points had they either scored three goals on Wednesday or prevented a third. Instead, they chose to do neither. They lead the league in one-goal games and frequently only score two. If you’re Trent Yawney, I guess it rules. If you’re anyone else, it’s damn annoying.  For a defensive coach, the defense isn’t so great either. I don’t even know.


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Beneath the Scope is a blog that covers the ECHL's Norfolk Admirals. Compete level has never been higher.

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