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Tale of the Tape: Dec. 30


Tonight’s matchup between the Chicago Wolves and Grand Rapids Griffins could turn into an offensive jamboree as both teams find themselves on hot streaks when it comes to putting the puck in the net. The Wolves have potted 18 goals in their last four games while the Griffins have collected 23 in that same span, including a nine-goal outburst against the Iowa Wild in their last outing on Dec. 27.

Tuesday, Dec. 30, 7 p.m.
Allstate Arena

GR
Team Record: 15-11-3-0
Last Game: 9-2 W vs. Iowa (Dec. 27)
Season Series: 0-2-1-0
Last Meeting: 3-5 Road Loss (Dec. 22)
CHI
Team Record: 17-12-3-0
Last Game: 2-4 L at Rockford (Dec. 28)
Season Series: 3-0-0-0
Last Meeting: 5-3 Home Win (Dec. 22)

Storylines

  • Tonight’s matchup between the Chicago Wolves and Grand Rapids Griffins could turn into an offensive jamboree as both teams find themselves on hot streaks when it comes to putting the puck in the net. The Wolves have potted 18 goals in their last four games while the Griffins have collected 23 in that same span, including a nine-goal outburst against the Iowa Wild in their last outing on Dec. 27.

  • The two teams have averaged 7.5 combined goals per game in their last six contests dating back to the last season, including an 11-goal affair on Halloween that ended with a 6-5 overtime win for the Wolves.

  • Chicago and Grand Rapids totaled 18 goals in their contest on Nov. 27, 2010. The 10-8 Wolves loss marked the most goals scored in an AHL games since 1996.

  • After tonight’s game, the Wolves will see the Griffins twice at Van Andel Arena in January and twice at Allstate Arena in February to close out the second half of the two clubs’ 2014-15 series. It will be the first time since 2010-11 that Chicago and Grand Rapids will not face off at least once in the final two months of the season.


By The Numbers

.624 – The Wolves’ points percentage thus far in the year 2014, the last game of which they play tonight. Chicago competed in 85 contests this year spanning the second half of the 2013-14 regular season (28-9-4-3), the 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs (3-6), and the first half of the 2014-15 season (17-12-3-0). 

28 – Consecutive penalty kills on the road for the Wolves, prior to allowing a man-advantage marker to Rockford on Sunday. The streak dated back to Nov. 21 at Milwaukee. Chicago has the 16th-best penalty kill in the league at 83.0 percent (93-for-112) but the fourth-best road penalty kill at 88.6 percent (62-for-70).

3 – Wins the Wolves have mustered when falling behind going into either intermission. Chicago is 3-7-2-0 when trailing after one period and 0-11-1-0 when trailing after two.


Follow The Action

Tonight’s game begins at 7 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

10 PhilMcRae

#10 Philip McRae
Center

Since the reshuffling done by head coach John Anderson following the scoring draught to start December, McRae has been centering the new line between Ty Rattie and Jeremy Welsh. 

The move has paid dividends for all investors, as the three of them have tallied 11 points in the last four games. Until last night, McRae was riding back-to-back one goal and one assist games. The 24-year-old centerman has already out performed his point total from last season (18) in 17 fewer games. His 10 goals and 10 assists this season make him the only Wolves’ player with double digit totals in each category. 

The chemistry of McRae with Rattie and Welsh will hopefully continue to light a spark under this offense moving forward.

Tomas Nosek

#19 Tomas Nosek
Center

Coming off a nine-goal blowout of Iowa, the Grand Rapids Griffins are flying high offensively. Nosek was one of six Griffins who had a multi-point performance, tallying two goals and one assist. 

After spending all of his hockey career in the Czech Republic, Nosek is playing in just his 14th professional game tonight — all in the American Hockey League this season with Grand Rapids. He’s racked up three goals and nine assists in his 13 appearances, while currently riding a three-game point streak which included his first professional goal last week against the Wolves.

The rookie seems to be finding his groove at the midseason mark, and the perfect timing for a Grand Rapids’ team making its way up the rankings.  

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