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Tale of the Tape: Oct. 10


Saturday, Oct. 10, 7 p.m. Allstate Arena

It all starts tonight. The Chicago Wolves will open their 22nd season at Allstate Arena against the Milwaukee Admirals as the battle for the Amtrak Rivalry trophy gets underway.

The Central Division rivals will become quite familiar with one another this season with tonight marking the first of 12 meetings this season between them. The two clubs have also become well acquainted with one another over the years. The Admirals represent the Wolves’ longest-standing rival with 220 regular-season and 34 playoff clashes between them.

The Wolves might have the edge in their 221st regular-season meeting, however, with Chicago experiencing a recent run of success during their season and home openers. Chicago has won each of its last three season openers (vs. Rockford, at San Antonio, and vs. Charlotte), but the team has won its last three home openers, as well.


By The Numbers

391: Head coach JOHN ANDERSON enters his 14th season with the Wolves and his 10th when the team has been part of the AHL. He amassed 391 regular-season wins during his first nine AHL seasons, which ranks fifth in league history.

2: Twice last season, the Wolves scored highlight-reel goals against Milwaukee that wound up on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10. TY RATTIE scored a no-look spin-a-rama on Dec. 26 that took first place on the countdown and MAGNUS PAAJARVI whacked a puck out of mid-air that went top-shelf on March 27 to earn second place.

3: The Wolves welcome back three of their top four scorers from last season in PAT CANNONE (14 goals, 33 assists), TY RATTIE (21 goals, 21 assists), and JEREMY WELSH (20 goals, 21 assists).

.643: The Wolves have posted an 11-5-2-3 record in season openers, which comes out to a .643 points percentage.


Follow The Action

Tonight’s game begins at 7 p.m. and can be seen on WCIU The U Too. (channel listings can be found here) 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.


Team Record: 0-0-0-0
Last Game: 4-2 L at Utica (May 2)
2015-16 Season Series: 0-0-0-0
Last Meeting: 4-3 SO Home Win (April 18)

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Team Record: 0-0-0-0
Last Game: 4-2 L at Utica (May 2)
2015-16 Season Series: 0-0-0-0
Last Meeting: 4-3 SO Home Win (April 18)

Player Spotlight

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#15 Jeremy Welsh – Center

The Admirals won’t be too pleased to see No. 15 back on the Allstate Arena ice. Jeremy Welsh terrorized Milwaukee last season to the tune of 8 goals, 5 assists, and a +11 plus/minus rating in 11 games against the Central Division rival.

Welsh’s success wasn’t exclusive to Milwaukee, though. The center ended the 2014-15 season ranking third on the Wolves with 20 goals and fourth on the club with 41 points in 75 regular-season games. The 27-year-old veteran added 1 goal and 1 assist during the Calder Cup Playoffs. Given the numbers he’s put up against the Admirals, he might be a good choice for one of the three slots in Wolves’ Fantasy Hockey (hint, hint).

Welsh returned to Chicago this season on loan just nine days before the start of the team’s home opener.

Player Spotlight

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#12 Kevin Fiala – Left Wing

Kevin Fiala has already given the Wolves a taste of what he’s capable of this season, tallying the overtime-winner to lift Milwaukee past Chicago 4-3 during their only preseason tilt on Oct. 4 at Triphahn Center in Hoffman Estates.

The 19-year-old winger, who was selected by the Nashville Predators with the 11th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, boasts impressive speed and agility and has established himself as an offensive threat on the ice.

While Fiala made his NHL debut in March as an 18-year-old, he spent the first half of the season in Sweden, skating for Switzerland. Following the World Juniors, Fiala joined the Admirals in January racking up 11 goals and nine assists while adding 18 penalty minutes in 33 games with Milwaukee.

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