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Tale of the Tape: Jan. 15


Friday, Jan. 15, 7:00 p.m. Allstate Arena

The Wolves begin a stretch of three games in as many days, starting tonight against the Iowa Wild. Chicago has won 15 of 21 games and owns a .785 winning percentage in three seasons against Iowa.

Iowa posted a 2-1 win at the Allstate on Dec. 26 in the last meeting between the teams. The physical game generated 16 total penalties for 60 penalty minutes.

The Wild are turning things around under first-year coach John Torchetti. After recording five wins in 32 games, Iowa has won four of its last six games, which includes wins over Milwaukee and Rockford.

The Wolves have excelled on home ice, posting a 12-5-0-1 record (.694) at the Allstate Arena. After this weekend, the team has just one home game left in January.

 

By The Numbers

5: Number of times this season the Wolves have scored multiple power-play goals in a game. Chicago struck twice on the power play at Rockford on Tuesday, the third time they’ve had two in a contest. The team also scored four PPGs in the season opener and three against Rockford on Dec. 19.

16: In each of the Wolves’ last 16 games, the team that scored the first goal went on to win the contest. In addition, the team that scored the first goal never trailed in those 16 games. The last Wolves game where both teams led was Dec. 4 at Grand Rapids.

87: The Wolves spent 87 days (Oct. 17-Jan. 11) above the .500 mark. Chicago’s season-high mark was seven games above .500, reached on Nov. 13.

175: PAT CANNONE recorded his 175th AHL career point with an assist Tuesday. He leads active Wolves players in AHL career scoring.


Follow The Action

Today’s game begins at 7:00 p.m and can be seen on WCIU The U Too. Tonight’s contest 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.


Iowa

Team Record: 9-24-2-3
Last Game: 3-1 L at Rockford (Jan. 10)
2015-16 Season Series: 1-2-0-0
Last Meeting: 2-1 Road Win (Dec. 26)

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Team Record: 16-16-1-2
Last Game: 5-2 L at Rockford (Jan. 12)
2015-16 Season Series: 2-1-0-0
Last Meeting: 2-1 Home Loss (Dec. 26)

Player Spotlight

#22 Grayson Downing – Center

Grayson Downing might not have gotten off to the start he wanted to, but he’s more than making up for lost time.

The rookie forward missed the start of the season due to a knee injury, and although he has played in just 19 of Iowa’s 36 games this season, Downing is tied for the team lead in goals with 10.

 

Downing signed with the Wild last spring after four seasons at the University of New Hampshire. The center finished up his senior season tied for fourth in Hockey East for goals scored.

 

Player Spotlight

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#31 Pheonix Copley – Goaltender

Copley’s in charge now. The reassigment of JORDAN BINNINGTON to St. Louis last week has left PHEONIX COPLEY as the “go-to” man in net.

COPLEY has spent most of the season platooning, bud did earn six straight starts in December. The North Pole, Alaska native will likely surpass his work load from a season ago when he played 26 games in Hershey (AHL). COPLEY has won 64.4 percent of his games in two AHL seasons and owns a pair of shutouts on the season.

Serving as a backup to COPLEY is NIKLAS LUNDSTROM, who compiled an 8-3-0 record, a 2.92 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage in 13 games with the ECHL Elmira Jackals. LUNDSTROM attended Wolves training camp in October.

 

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