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Tale of the Tape: Nov. 9


Following their 4-2 win over Iowa last night, the Wolves look to collect another victory this afternoon in game four of their nine-game circus road trip; if Chicago triumphs in today’s matinee, it will be its first winning streak of more than two games for the team this season.

Sunday, Nov. 9, 3 p.m.
Wells Fargo Arena

IA
Team Record: 2-9-0-0
Last Game: 2-4 L vs. Chicago (Nov. 8)
Season Series: 0-1-0-0
Last Meeting: 2-4 Home Loss (Nov. 8)
CHI
Team Record: 7-2-2-0
Last Game: 4-2 W vs. Iowa (Nov. 8)
Season Series: 1-0-0-0
Last Meeting: 4-2 Road Win (Nov. 8)

Storylines

  • Following their 4-2 win over Iowa last night, the Wolves look to collect another victory this afternoon in game four of their nine-game circus road trip; if Chicago triumphs in today’s matinee, it will be its first winning streak of more than two games for the team this season.

  • Saturday night’s win marked the third time in 2014-15 the Wolves have strung together two wins (Oct. 17-18, Oct. 31 to Nov. 1, Nov. 5-present) and first time doing so on the road; the 2013-14 Wolves did not win any consecutive games at home or on the road until game three of their circus trip, which kicked off a season-high five-game winning streak.

  • The Midwest Division looks to be a battle again this season with the top three teams (Rockford, Milwaukee, and Chicago) all sitting within five points of each other almost one month into the season; the red-hot IceHogs lead the way with 21 points in 13 games with the Admirals (16 points in 10 games) and Wolves (16 points in 11 games) not far behind.

  • Wild center Jordan Schroeder spent part of two seasons (2011-13) with the Wolves, totaling 77 points (33G, 44A) in 118 games with the club; he was among the team’s top five point producers both seasons.


By The Numbers

5 – American Hockey League teams with a .700 or above winning percentage through the schedule on Nov. 8; of these teams, all are in the Western Conference and three are in the Midwest Division, including the Wolves (.727).

34 – Shots allowed by the Wolves on Saturday night against Iowa, a season high; the team has allowed 30+ shots in two of its last three games (Nov. 2 at Milwaukee and Nov. 8 at Iowa) after surrendering 29 or fewer in the first eight games of the season.

2 – Games without a power-play goal for the Wolves, tying a season-high, who went 0-for-2 on Saturday night; Chicago has faced disciplined teams in Grand Rapids and Iowa over the past two games, having had just four power-play opportunities in that stretch.


Follow The Action

Today’s game begins at 3 p.m. and can be seen on The U-Too (channel 26.2). U-Too also can be found on XFinity’s Chs. 230 (HD) and 360 (SD), RCN’s Ch. 35 and WOW’s Ch. 170. The game can also be streamed on www.ahllive.com.

Those away from a TV or computer can follow @Chicago_Wolves or @ChiWolvesLive on Twitter for live in-game play-by-play.


Player Spotlight

30 JordanBinnington

#30 Jordan Binnington
Goaltender

After a shaky start to the season, Jordan Binnington has won each of his last two starts, surrendering just one goal in each game. 

The comfortability looked to be there in each of those starts, making big saves and help keep the Wolves in games after giving up six goals in each of his first two starts. Binnington is continuing to make his case for why he deserves to carry the load this season, and another big win on the road will help state his case. 

Fellow goalie Matt Climie got pelted with shots in game one against Iowa, saving 32 of the 34 shots he faced. If Binnington can sustain a potential night like that, he will lead the Wolves to their first three-game winning streak of the season. 

Marc Hagel

#29 Marc Hagel
Right Wing

Hagel and his linemate Zack Mitchell led the Wild in game one against the Wolves, as the only two players with a goal and an assist. It was Hagel’s second multi-point game of the season.

The right wing is currently on a two-game goal and point streak, and seemed to be in the right place at the right time in game one last night. His lone goal was a pretty one-timer off a deflected pass that beat Climie top shelf.

While Iowa has struggled to find a win as of late, Chicago needs to keep its foot down and beat the teams it should beat. Icing Hagel’s streak will only help the Wolves find that end result and earn their first three-game winning streak of the season. 

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