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Tale of the Tape: Nov. 21


Saturday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m. Allstate Arena

Coming off consecutive losses for the first time this season, Chicago looks to return to the win column tonight, hosting Grand Rapids in the series opener at Allstate Arena. The rivalry begins its 19th season and predates both teams’ entry into the AHL in 2001-02.

Tonight’s contest also marks Chicago’s first home game since Nov. 1. The Wolves compiled a 3-1-1-0 record during their recent five-game road trip, which equals the team’s longest time away from home. Note: Chicago has another five-game road swing from Jan. 17-29.

The Wolves are in the most of a stretch of three games in five days that concludes Sunday versus Iowa at Allstate.

Grand Rapids captured the Midwest Division crown last season and advanced to the Western Conference Finals before falling to Utica in six games. The Griffins, who lost head coach Jeff Blashill to Detroit (NHL) over the summer, are crawling back into the Central Division race after dropping seven of eight games to start the season.


By The Numbers

20: Number of days since the Wolves’ last home game. 

30th: TY RATTIE shares 30th place on Chicago’s all-time scoring list. RATTIE’s 101 points are tied with DAN CURRIE (1995-97) and are five points behind KARL STEWART (2003-06) for 29th place.

125/150: ZACH O’BRIEN’s next game will mark his 125th AHL appearance, while JUSTIN HODGMAN’s next start signals his 150th AHL game.

599: Head coach JOHN ANDERSON earned his 750th win as a head coach on Nov. 12 when the Wolves won at Manitoba. He can pick up his 600th win as the Wolves boss tonight (he has 399 while in the AHL and 200 in the IHL).


Follow The Action

Today’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.


GrandRapids

Team Record: 4-8-0-1
Last Game: 7-4 W vs San Diego (Nov. 20)
2015-16 Season Series: 0-0-0-0
Last Meeting: 5-0 Road Win (Feb. 28)

ChicagoWolves

Team Record: 8-2-1-1
Last Game: 5-3 L vs Milwaukee (Nov. 18)
2015-16 Season Series: 1-0-0-0
Last Meeting: 5-0 Home Loss (Feb. 28)

Player Spotlight

GrandRapids

#28 Tomas Jurco – Right Wing

 

Grand Rapids struggled mightily to start the season, but they enter Chicago after busting out in a big way on Friday night. The Griffins, who rank 28th in the league in scoring, exploded for a season-high 7 goals in their 7-4 win over San Diego.

TOMAS JURCO delivered three of those tallies by himself, recording the hat trick to give Grand Rapids back-to-back wins for the first time this season.
Jurco, who is on a two-week conditioning stint from the Detroit Red Wings, played in just his second game with the Griffins last night. Jurco had 14 goals and 13 goals, respectively, in his two seasons with Grand Rapids.

Player Spotlight

Danny Kristo

#29 Danny Kristo – Right Wing

DANNY KRISTO couldn’t have hated the Wolves’ recent road trip. KRISTO made the most of his time away from Allstate, compiling five points in five games, notching four goals and an assist.

KRISTO also paces the Wolves in road points, stockpiling five goals, two assists, and seven points in six road appearances.

The Eden Prairie, Minnesota native scored back-to-back overtime game-winners against San Antonio on Nov. 6 and Nov. 8.

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