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Tale of the Tape: March 11


March 11, 2015

The Utica Comets shoot into Rosemont for the first time this season and just the second time since joining the league in 2013-14 for tilts on Wednesday and Saturday. The roster features six former Wolves: Alex Friesen, Nicklas Jensen, Darren Archibald, Alexandre Grenier, John Negrin, and Peter Andersson.

Wednesday, March 11, 7 p.m.
Allstate Arena

UTI
Team Record: 34-19-5-1
Last Game: 1-2 L vs. Toronto (March 8)
2013-14 Season Series: 1-1-0-0
Last Meeting: 4-3 Home Win (Nov. 14)
CHI
Team Record: 28-22-6-1
Last Game: 0-1 L vs. Lake Erie (March 8)
2013-14 Season Series: 1-1-0-0
Last Meeting: 3-4 Road Loss (Nov. 14)

Storylines

  • The Utica Comets shoot into Rosemont for the first time this season and just the second time since joining the league in 2013-14 for tilts on Wednesday and Saturday. The roster features six former Wolves: Alex Friesen, Nicklas Jensen, Darren Archibald, Alexandre Grenier, John Negrin, and Peter Andersson.

  • The competition does not get any easier from here on out as the Wolves play the next eight games against teams ranked above them in the standings, including two apiece against division leaders Utica and Oklahoma City. The rest of the stretch is comprised of games against Rockford, Texas, and Milwaukee (twice).

  • The Wolves sit in the No. 10 seed in a crowded Western Conference, where the No. 7-11 spots are separated by just four points.

  • The Wolves will take on a new look in their three games this week as they shed the usual burgundy and gold for a greener hue on March 11, 14, and 15. The festive St. Patrick’s Day jerseys are part of a longstanding Wolves tradition that began during the 1996-97 season and have continued to this day. This season’s look was created by senior graphic designer Troy Mueller and features a traditional Celtic pattern and hidden plaid in the striping.


By The Numbers

.683 – The team’s winning percentage (33-14-1-4) all-time when wearing commemorative St. Patrick’s Day jerseys, a tradition that started on March 16, 1997. The team debuts the 2015 edition of the sweaters tonight and will don them again on March 14 against Utica and March 15 against Rockford. The jerseys will then be available via auctions and raffle, with proceeds benefiting Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago and Chicago Wolves Charities.

100 – Penalty kill percentage for the Wolves on Sunday, the first time not allowing a man-advantage marker since Feb. 15 (five games). The team ranks 17th in the league on the PK at 82.8 percent (169-for-204).

1 – Power-play goal needed by the Wolves to match their output from last season. Chicago is 42-for-216 (19.4 percent) through 57 games after posting a 30th-ranked 12.6 percent in 2013-14 (43-for-342).


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

9 ShaneHarper

#9 Shane Harper
Right Wing

After lighting up the scoresheet for the last two months, leading goal-scorer Shane Harper has hit a two-game skid along with the Wolves.      

A dry spell here and there has happened for Harper a few times this season, but the last time he’s gone more than two games without tallying a point was mid-November. Since then, the California kid has tallied 20 goals and 11 assists. 

Scoring has come and gone for the Wolves this season, but Wednesday games have favored them overall, seeing a 4-3-0-0 record while averaging 2.43 goals scored per game versus 2.29 goals against per game. 

Sven Baertschi

#47 Sven Baertschi
Left Wing

The 5-foot-11 left wing started his 2014-15 season in Adirondack where he tallied just three assists in the first 10 games before getting a call up to the NHL’s Calgary Flames. 

In 15 NHL appearances, he recorded just four assists before being reassigned back to Adirondack. The Flames dealt Baertschi to Vancouver for a second-round pick on March 2 and he’s been on fire after being reassigned to Utica ever since. In his three appearances for the Comets, he’s netted one goal and assisted on another three. Counting his last two games with Adirondack, he’s riding a five-game point streak with one goal and six assists.

Baertschi obviously didn’t play in the Wolves and Comets first two match-ups, but in his appearance with Adirondack, the 22-year-old earned two assists in a 4-1 Flames’ victory.      

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