Tonight: Win Or Go Home…

Game 7’s are pure insanity…the pressure is immense, everything is magnified and the stakes are at their highest.  No one wants to be “the goat” but everyone wants to be the man – the hero – or as the Aeros have been saying this playoff year, everyone will want to “wear the cape” tonight.

With that obviously comes a lot of emotion.  And the Aeros’ dressing room is well aware of that – I talked with Justin Falk, Robbie Earl and Colton Gillies over the last two days and they all spoke of controlling emotions.  Falk and Earl of course were victorious in two, Game 7’s back in 2009 so they know first hand what to expect.  Overall, the Aeros have 11 games of Calder Cup Game 7 experience entering tonight’s do-or-die contest in Milwaukee.

The vibe I got from both teams this morning revolved around getting off to a good start – no surprise there.  The Aeros are 4-0 in Game 7’s since joining the AHL and they’ve scored first in all four games.  Whichever team falls behind first tonight will feel the pressure even more – they’ll most likely start pressing since there is “no tomorrow” for the loser of tonight’s game.

For more, check out Game Day audio today.

The Admirals are getting a huge boost back into their lineup tonight with defenseman Jonathon Blum and forwards Blake Geoffrion and Matt Halischuk coming back down from the NHL’s Nashville Predators, as their season came to an end last night.  Those three combined for 94 points this season with the Admirals in just 136 games.  Now, this injection of new blood for the Admirals could possibly backfire, and Admirals’ head coach Lane Lambert admitted as much this morning.  All you have to do is look back to last year’s Western Conference Finals when the Hamilton Bulldogs got defenseman P.K. Subban and others back from the Montreal Canadiens prior to Game 7 against the Texas Stars, and they subsequently lost.

Speaking of the Bulldogs, they won the longest Game 7 in AHL history last night, topping Manitoba 2-1 in triple overtime.  That means they await the winner of tonight’s game…

Here are a few links to peep:

First, a great piece by Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune on Aeros’ head coach Mike Yeo

And some tragic / sad news on the passing of Clayton Stoner’s brother, Luke

On behalf of the Aeros / Wild family, our thoughts are with the Stoner’s during this difficult time…

Enjoy tonight’s Game 7 – let’s hope the Aeros play a great game and pull one out from Bradley Center!

– Aero Joe

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