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Tale of the Tape: Jan. 16


The Wolves have only dropped one game to Lake Erie at Allstate Arena — a 5-3 decision on Jan. 14, 2012 — since the teams first faced off in 2007-08; overall the Wolves hold an 13-1-0-0 record against the Monsters in the comfort of their own arena.

Friday, Jan. 16, 7 p.m.
Allstate Arena

LE
Team Record: 15-15-2-3
Last Game: 2-1 W at Hamilton (Jan. 10)
Season Series: 2-2-0-0
Last Meeting: 2-1 Home Loss (Dec. 5)
CHI
Team Record: 19-14-4-0
Last Game: 3-0 W at Iowa (Jan. 13)
Season Series: 2-2-0-0
Last Meeting: 1-2 Road Loss (Dec. 5)

Storylines

  • The Wolves have only dropped one game to Lake Erie at Allstate Arena — a 5-3 decision on Jan. 14, 2012 — since the teams first faced off in 2007-08; overall the Wolves hold an 13-1-0-0 record against the Monsters in the comfort of their own arena.

  • For all home games remaining this month (Jan. 16, 17, and 31), the Chicago Wolves will be donning commemorative Fight Against Cancer jerseys. The black specialty sweaters will then be auctioned and raffled off, with proceeds benefiting cancer-related charities and Chicago Wolves Charities.

  • After suffering consecutive losses, the Chicago Wolves rebounded on Tuesday in a 3-0 win in Iowa to gain two points going into another weekend of intra-division showdowns. It was the third shutout of the season for the Wolves and first since Nov. 12 as they turned the tables on the Wild after being blanked by Rockford on Jan. 3 and mustering just one goal in Grand Rapids on Jan. 10.

  • After playing two games in the last 12 days, the Wolves kick off a stretch of six contests in nine days starting with tonight’s matchup. While most of the team will benefit from the All-Star break following the swing, right wing TY RATTIE and head coach JOHN ANDERSON will immediately fly from Texas to Utica, N.Y. to take part in the festivities.


By The Numbers

+18 – The Wolves’ shot differential on Tuesday night in Iowa. One game after being outshot by the largest margin of the season (20-34 in Grand Rapids), Chicago responded with its second-best by outshooting Iowa 38-20. Their highest shot differential came in the second game of the season (Oct. 12) when they led Charlotte 43-16 (+27).

.853 – The Wolves’ points percentage when scoring first, accruing a 14-2-1-0 record when potting the first goal. It is the fourth-highest in the league, however Chicago has opened scoring in fewer than half of its games and only six times (in 15 games) since Nov. 29.

6 – Shots on Tuesday by PETTERI LINDBOHM, tying his season high set in his AHL debut. Individual Wolves blueliners have only taken more than four shots in a game six times this season, with three by the rookie, two by CHRIS BUTLER, and one by JANI HAKANPAA. Prior to this season, the last time a Wolves rookie defenseman recorded six shots in a game was Brad Hunt (March 14, 2012).


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

Adam Burish

#25 Adam Burish
Right Wing

Tonight Adam Burish will make his season debut with the Chicago Wolves after being loaned from the NHL’s San Jose Sharks on Wednesday.  

The nine-year veteran once shared a line with his old — and now new — teammates Colin Fraser and Ben Eager during their run at the 2010 Stanley Cup, and may do so again tonight against Lake Erie. Burish tallied one goal and two assists in 20 games this season with San Jose and four goals and three assists in 18 appearances with their AHL affiliate, Worcester. This season is also the first year Burish has spent ice time in the AHL since the 2006-07 season with Norfolk, where he totaled 11 goals, 10 assists and 146 penalty minutes.

Nevertheless, it’ll be interesting to see how the three former linemates gel on the ice once again in Chicago. 

Joey Hishon

#38 Joey Hishon
Center

As one of the top prospects in Colorado’s system, Joey Hishon has been one of the brighter spots for the only AHL team to not have a double-digit goal scorer at this point in the season.

His three goals and two assists in their four January games lead the team this month, but have only led to one win in those matchups. After a slow start to the season, Hishon totaled five goals and three assists in 11 November games. He followed that up with a one goal and three assist month of December. Unfortunately, Lake Erie sits last in the Midwest Division and fourth to last in the Western Conference in scoring, and third to last in the AHL for goals allowed.

Tonight, Hishon will try to become the first Monster to hit the double-digit mark in goals this season and get Lake Erie’s first win at Allstate Arena since January of 2012. 

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