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TALE OF THE TAPE: DEC. 21


Monday, Dec. 21, 7 p.m. Allstate Arena

On Tuesday, the Northern Hemisphere deals with its shortest day of the year as the sun will be at its lowest point in the sky. At the same time, most of the Wolves will be scattering across North America to celebrate the holidays over their four-day break.

Before that can happen, the Wolves face the Manitoba Moose in the third game of a four-game homestand. Chicago has a history of excelling during the last game before Christmas. In the previous nine years, the Wolves have gone 7-0-1-1 (.889) in their final contest before Dec. 25.

The Wolves also want to maintain momentum after earning a pair of 4-3 victories over top-flight teams. Chicago earned a 4-3 shootout win Thursday afternoon over Texas, then followed up with a 4-3 overtime win over Central Division leader Rockford on Saturday night. It’s the team’s first two-game winning streak since taking six in a row Nov. 5-12. That streak included three wins over Manitoba.


By The Numbers

4: Consecutive starts by PHEONIX COPLEY, the most for either Wolves goaltender this season

5: Each of the last five Wolves games has been decided by 1 goal.

7: In each of the last seven Wolves games, the team that scored the opening goal has gone on to get the win.

22: Defenseman ANDRE BENOIT owns a team-high 22 points (3G, 19A) this season, which shares third place among all AHL blueliners.

.654: In the Wolves’ first 26 games, the home team has won 17 times. That’s a 65.4 percent success rate. Across the AHL this season, the home team has earned the win 55.1 percent of the time.


Follow The Action

Today’s game begins at 7 p.m. and can be seen on WCIU The U Too. 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.


Manitoba
Team Record:
 8-15-1-2
Last Game: 7-5 L at Milwaukee (Dec. 19)
2015-16 Season Series: 1-4-0-0
Last Meeting: 8-2 Road Loss (Dec. 2)

ChicagoWolves

Team Record: 13-10-1-2
Last Game: 4-3 OT W vs Rockford (Dec. 19)
2015-16 Season Series: 4-0-1-0
Last Meeting: 8-2 Home Win (Dec. 2)

Player Spotlight

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#8 Ty Rattie – Right Wing

Just because he isn’t scoring, doesn’t mean right wing TY RATTIE isn’t contributing.

RATTIE hasn’t scored a goal since Dec. 2 against Manitoba, but he’s been finding other ways to fuel the Wolves attack.

RATTIE has handed out 7 assists in the last nine games, which includes four helpers in the last three contests. During the team’s nine games in December, RATTIE has contributed 1 goal, 7 assists and a +3 plus/minus rating. For the season, he shares second on the team in scoring (19 points) and shares second with 8 goals.

Player Spotlight

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#19 Chase De Leo – Center 

 

Chase De Leo is doing it all in his rookie season with the Manitoba Moose.

In 26 games this season, the 20-year-old California native has already scored his first AHL career goal, racked up his first multi-point game and, on Saturday, he upped the ante, scoring his first AHL career hat trick.
It ultimately wasn’t enough, as the Moose fell to Milwaukee, but De Leo now sits in 11th place in AHL rookie scoring with seven goals and nine assists for 16 points in 26 games.

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