Tale of the Tape: Nov. 6
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Friday, Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m. AT&T Center
The first month of the AHL season is in the books, and it was certainly a solid one for the Chicago Wolves, who matched their second-best start in franchise history at 5-1-0-1. Now, the team embarks on its first lengthy road trip of the year, spending the weekend in San Antonio before traveling to Manitoba (Nov. 12-13) and Milwaukee (Nov. 18).
Tonight’s game features the two top teams in the Western Conference. Chicago leads the Central Division with a .786 winning percentage and 11 points, while San Antonio paces the Pacific Division with an .857 winning percentage and 12 points.The Rampage have found success on the road, earning 10 of their points away from the AT&T Center.
The Wolves are 0-1-0-0 versus the Pacific Division, dropping a 7-3 decision to Texas on Oct. 16. The Rampage are 2-0-0-0 against the Central Division, sweeping a road series at Grand Rapids on Oct. 16-17.
By The Numbers
5: The number of consecutive road games the Wolves will be playing from November 6-18.
20: The Wolves’ penalty-kill units have snuffed out their opponents’ last 20 power-play opportunities. Chicago hasn’t allowed a PPG since Charlotte’s Trevor Carrick tallied at 15:09 of the first period on Oct. 17. That’s a run of 229 minutes and 51 seconds.
23.8: The Wolves are allowing just 23.8 shots per game, the second lowest total in the AHL.
45.5: PAT CANNONE’s shooting percentage on the season (5 goals on 11 shots), the second-highest rating in the league.
Follow The Action
Today’s game begins at 7:30 p.m. and can be streamed on www.ahllive.com.
Those away from a computer can follow @Chicago_Wolves or @ChiWolvesLive on Twitter for live in-game play-by-play.
Team Record: 5-1-0-1
Last Game: 2-0 W vs Manitoba (Nov. 1)
2015-16 Season Series: 0-0-0-0
Last Meeting: 5-2 Home Loss (Feb. 22)
Team Record: 5-0-2-0
Last Game: 3-2 OT L at San Diego (Nov. 3)
2015-16 Season Series: 0-0-0-0
Last Meeting: 5-2 Home Win (Feb. 22)
San Antonio is the only team in the American Hockey League that remains unbeaten in regulation, and the Rampage have the play of goaltender Calvin Pickard to thank for that.
The 23-year-old Winnipeg native, who was named the CCM/AHL Goaltender of the Month for October, has appeared in all seven of the Rampage’s games this season. Pickard has posted a 5-0-2 record for San Antonio, recording a 1.94 goals-against average and a .942 save percentage.
After giving up five goals on 28 shots in San Antonio’s opening night loss to Texas, Pickard has stood tall between the pipes, leading the Rampage to a five-game winning streak to end the month of October.
JEREMY WELSH is showing the form that made him the team’s fourth-leading scorer a year ago.
The 27-year-old Ontario native played a hand in two highlight-reel goals last weekend. Welsh assisted on ZACH O’BRIEN’s power-play tally with a nifty, no-look drop pass in the slot in a 3-1 victory over Manitoba on Oct. 30.
Welsh followed that stellar play with a breakaway goal against Manitoba on Nov. 1, as he tucked a backhanded shot under the crossbar. For his efforts, Welsh was chosen as one of three stars both nights. The second-year center started the last season with an assist in three games, but has since compiled three points (2G, A) in his last four contests.