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Tale of the Tape: April 12


The Wolves’ clinching scenario on Sunday is simple: Be leading or tied after 60 minutes in today’s game against Iowa. None of today’s seven other games affect Chicago’s opportunity to clinch today.

 

Sunday, April 12, 4 p.m.
Allstate Arena

IA
Team Record:
 23-45-2-2
Last Game: 4-0 W vs. Oklahoma City (April 10)
2014-15 Season Series: 1-6-0-0
Last Meeting: 2-3 Road Loss (March 29)
 
CHI
Team Record: 38-27-6-1
Last Game: 0-5 L vs. Oklahoma City (April 11)
2014-15 Season Series: 6-1-0-0
Last Meeting: 3-2 Home Win (March 29)

Storylines

  • Given a chance to clinch a spot in the Calder Cup playoffs on Saturday night, the Chicago Wolves stubbed their toe as Oklahoma City came to Allstate Arena and earned a 5-0 victory.

  • The Wolves’ clinching scenario on Sunday is simple: Be leading or tied after 60 minutes in today’s game against Iowa. None of today’s seven other games affect Chicago’s opportunity to clinch today.

  • While the Barons ensured their own pace in the Western Conference’s side of the playoffs on Saturday (the Texas Stars did as well), the Wolves saw their magic number drop to 1 thanks to Lake Erie’s defeat of Adirondack and Texas’ defeat of Hamilton

  • San Antonio, Utica, Grand Rapids and Rockford are assured of being the top four seeds in the Western Conference (not necessarily in that order), so the Wolves will get no more than two home games in the Western Conference’s best-of-five quarterfinals if they make the playoffs. They can still earn anything from the No. 5 to the No. 8 seed.


By The Numbers

6– Teams that have clinched Western Conference playoff berths: West Division champ San Antonio (97 points), North Division champ Utica (96), Midwest Division leader Grand Rapids (96), Rockford (95), Texas (88) and Oklahoma City (86).

6 – Teams that still have a shot at the other two Western Conference playoff spots: Chicago (83), Toronto (81), Milwaukee (79), Hamilton (78), Adirondack (76) and Lake Erie (76).

17 – If the Wolves clinch a playoff berth this afternoon, it will be the 17th in the team’s 21-year history. It would also be the 12th in JOHN ANDERSON’s 13 years at the helm.


Follow The Action

Today’s game begins at 4 p.m. and can be seen on WCIU The U (channel 26). 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

12 PatCannone

#12 Pat Cannone
Center

Not once this season has Cannone gone longer than three games without a point. Entering today’s contest, it has been three games since he’s been found on the scoresheet. 

After being sidelined for just over a month with an upper-body injury from the end of February thru March, Cannone wasted no time getting back into the action, recording two assists in his first appearance back. The one-time team-leading point scorer started the month of April on the right foot during the Wolves’ winning streak, recording one goal and four assists in the first three games. He hasn’t tallied a point since (three games).

If stats and this season’s history tell us anything, Iowa is likely to see a heavy dose of “Pistol” this afternoon as he helps slide his team into a playoff berth with three games left to play.

Grayson Downing

#3 Grayson Downing
Forward

The rookie from the University of New Hampshire has been with Iowa for just four games, but like the Wolves’ Colton Parayko, stepped right in and contributed. 

After recording 21 goals and 15 assists in 38 games for UNH, Downing has now had four assists in his last three games. The 22-year-old forward is already getting time on the power play for the Wild and clearly earning trust quickly from the coaching staff. In his four years at New Hampshire, he averaged 0.78 points per game with 56 goals and 56 assists. 

Downing and the Wild may be out of the playoff hunt, but they’ve had no problem the last week battling teams already in the postseason or trying to make a run for it. Playing spoiler is one thing they have left to play for and the Wolves are an ideal target. 

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