Postseason hockey is back in Milwaukee! After a heartbreaking 2023 season finale in the Western Conference Finals, the Milwaukee Admirals are back this season, looking like a dangerous playoff team. The AHL affiliate of the Nashville Predators is led by shut-out superstar goaltender Yaroslav Askarov, all-star defenseman Spencer Stastney and a slate of soon-to-be NHL standouts that have the team poised to chase its first Calder Cup in 20 years.

After an exhilarating series win over the Texas Stars in a decisive Game 5 at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, the Admirals now face their next test on their way to the Calder Cup: the Grand Rapids Griffins.

The Ads’ first series of the 2024 Calder Cup Playoffs went the distance, the full five games. Dropping the first two on the road, the Ads completed the comeback, leaning on home-ice advantage to rally them to three straight wins and a series victory.


The Admirals will now take on a well-rested Grand Rapids Griffins squad. The Griffins, the AHL affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings, played their last game on May 5, leaving the team time to recover before their matchup with the Admirals.


Rest notwithstanding; the Ads will look to carry the momentum forward on home ice with Games 1 and 2 at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena


Preview the Matchup

The Ads and Griffins finished first and second in the Central Division, respectively, with Milwaukee holding a nine-point edge over their division foes at the end of the regular season. Throughout the 2023-24 season, the two teams faced off eight times, dueling to a draw, each winning four games. Of these, four games in the season series came down to a one-goal differential, with two coming down to overtime to decide a winner. 


Most recently, the two went head-to-head in Grand Rapids on April 21. The Griffins scored the game-winner in OT to clinch the series finale 2-1.


So, as we turn our attention to the Central Division Finals, let’s take another look at the Ads' regular season by the numbers.

Milwaukee Admirals Goaltender

Ads by the Numbers

950 minutes. The Admirals spent just 950 minutes in the penalty box this season, ranking No. 12 overall in the AHL and seventh in the Western Conference. The teams’ composure under pressure will come in handy as the intensity picks up in the post-season.


238 goals for the team this season. The Ads’ offense was on fire this season, leading the Central Division in scoring and finishing behind only the Coachella Firebirds (252) in the Western Conference.

97 points scored by wins and draws, making the Admirals the AHL’s No. 3 overall seed.


47 wins for the Admirals in the regular season, which, despite fewer points, places them ahead of the Coachella Firebirds (46) for the second-most wins in the league.

19 consecutive wins. The team rewrote the AHL history books this season as they strung together 19 wins in a row. Falling 10 wins short of breaking the Norfolk Admirals 2011-12 record of 28 consecutive W’s, the Milwaukee Admirals’ white-hot streak marked the league’s second longest in league history.

11 wins. Beginning Wednesday, May 15, only 11 wins stand between the Admirals and the coveted Calder Cup.

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2 seed. The Admirals will begin their chase for the cup as the No. 2 seed, sitting behind the Western Conference points leaders, the Coachella Firebirds.

But what do all these numbers mean? What does it all amount to? Well, we hope it all Ads up to Milwaukee’s first Calder Cup in two decades.

Admirals fan cheering in the crowd

Make it a Power Play Stay

Get the Ads-vantage of playoff hockey in Milwaukee when you stay at one of the nearby hotels. Whether it’s the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee just across the street, Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel a few blocks away or any of the phenomenal places to stay downtown, get the most out of your Milwaukee Admirals postseason experience.


Pre-game Bites

Bites, then fights! There are so many great dining options around the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, from the classic sports bar vibe right across the street at Major Goolsby’s to sizzling steaks at The Capital Grille, classic Milwaukee meals featuring the city’s hallmark bratwursts at Milwaukee Brat House, Mader’s or Old German Beer Hall to crowd-pleasing global faire at 3rd Street Market Hall, when it comes to dining, we’ve to it all.