Skates

Gameday

Tale of the Tape: April 2


 

The Wolves have enjoyed tremendous regular-season success in Ontario over the last four-plus seasons. Including Wednesday’s win, Chicago owns a 5-1-0-0 mark at Toronto and a 5-0-0-0 record at Hamilton heading into the team’s final regular-season appearance at Copps Coliseum.

 

Thursday, April 2, 6:30 p.m.
FirstOntario Centre

HAM
Team Record:
 32-25-11-0
Last Game: 2-1 W vs. Toronto (March 28)
2014-15 Season Series: 0-0-1-0
Last Meeting: 2-3 Road OT Loss (Jan. 2)
 
CHI
Team Record: 35-25-6-1
Last Game: 2-1 W vs. Toronto (April 1)
2014-15 Season Series: 1-0-0-0
Last Meeting: 3-2 Home OT Win (Jan. 2)

Storylines

  • The Wolves have enjoyed tremendous regular-season success in Ontario over the last four-plus seasons. Including Wednesday’s win, Chicago owns a 5-1-0-0 mark at Toronto and a 5-0-0-0 record at Hamilton heading into the team’s final regular-season appearance at Copps Coliseum.

  • The Chicago Wolves are making just one trip to Canada during this regular season, but their 48-hour blitz through Ontario got off to a terrific start with a 2-1 victory on Wednesday night at Toronto. MAGNUS PAAJARVI’s power-play goal in the first period capped the scoring as the Wolves won their sixth game in a row. It’s the franchise’s longest winning streak since the 2009-10 squad took eight straight Feb. 9-21.

  • The Wolves hold the eighth and final spot with 77 points in 67 games, but Hamilton is next in line with 75 points in 68 games. Toronto (73/67), Lake Erie (73/68) and Adirondack (72/67) also remain within striking distance with 18 days remaining in the regular season.

  • The Wolves weren’t the only Western Conference playoff contender to earn an important win Wednesday night. Texas rallied to beat Adirondack to stay in sixth place with 80 points in 68 games. Milwaukee rallied to beat Lake Erie to stay in seventh with 78 points in 70 games.


By The Numbers

18 – The Wolves set a season low with 18 shots Wednesday at Toronto, edging the 19 shots fired on Nov. 12 at Utica. Chicago has recorded 20 shots or fewer four times this season, yet posted a 3-1-0-0 record in those games.

29 – Goals for right wing SHANE HARPER, which shares first among active AHL players with Albany’s Paul Thompson. He is one of 10 AHL players with at least 10 power-play goals and he ranks second in the league in shooting percentage (23.4). His eight game-winning goals shares the league lead with Milwaukee’s Austin Watson.

3 – Consecutive games in which the Wolves have not surrendered a power-play goal (10 for 10), breaking a streak of six games allowing one. The team snuffed out five Toronto power plays on Wednesday.


Follow The Action

Tonight’s game begins at 6:30 p.m. and can be streamed on www.ahllive.com.

You can also follow @Chicago_Wolves or @ChiWolvesLive on Twitter for live in-game play-by-play.


Player Spotlight

Jacob Doty

#32 Jacob Doty 
Right Wing

Call it a coincidence or call it a trend, but since Jacob Doty took the ice on March 21 in Oklahoma City, the Chicago Wolves haven’t lost a game. 

While the 21-year-old forward has only played in five of the six wins, Doty hasn’t wasted time contributing in his first-career AHL stint, tallying a goal and two assists in his five appearances. In his 48 games down in Alaska (ECHL), Doty recorded just three goals and eight assists.

Doty brings a hard-nosed, aggressive style of play combined with a heads-up, hungry mindset around the net, and that is what’s making him a mismatch for lines 3-4 in favor of the Wolves. 

T.J. Hensick

#17 T.J. Hensick
Center

Hamilton has a composition not many teams can brag about or are fortunate enough to have, and that’s four centermen in the top four scoring spots for the Bulldogs. 

Typically a winger mixed in is more common, but their four centermen are spreading the goals out across the roster, as each of them have 23+ assists with T.J. Hensick and Charles Hudon with 36+ each. Hensick has added 17 goals on top of his 36 assists to lead the Bulldogs in points. His 12 points (2G, 10A) in March earned him above a point per game average for the month, and he’s rolling off that into his first April game tonight.

The Bulldogs haven’t had the greatest success at home as of late, winning just one of their last six games at FirstOntario Centre with the last one being six games ago on Feb. 27 against Charlotte.   

Upcoming Home Games

@
Sat, Nov. 25
7:00 pm
Buy Tickets
@
Chicago Wolves Logo
Sun, Nov. 26
3:00 pm
Buy Tickets

NEWSSTAND

Wolves Earn Another Point in OT Loss

Brandon Pirri scored the lone Chicago Wolves goal as they fell 2-1 in overtime to the Texas Stars Tuesday night at Allstate Arena....

MORE

Gallery: Nov. 21 vs. Texas

Photos: Ross Dettman/Chicago Wolves...

MORE

AHL’s All-Time Shutouts Leader Joins Wolves

The Chicago Wolves announced Tuesday that veteran goaltender Michael Leighton has been loaned to the team by the Arizona Coyotes (NHL)....

MORE

Tale of the Tape: Nov 21. 2017 vs. Texas

Tuesday, Nov. 21 | 7:00 p.m. | Allstate Arena...

MORE

Wolves Roundup: Nov. 13-19, 2017

Welcome to Wolves Roundup, a weekly report of highlights, notes and transactions from the Chicago Wolves’ previous week of competition...

MORE