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Tale of the Tape: Jan. 18


Sunday, Jan. 18, 7:00 p.m. Allstate Arena

After dropping a 4-2 decision to Lake Erie on Saturday night at Allstate Arena, the Wolves take to the road to play their 38th game of the 2015- 16 season. This places the franchise in an unusual position. The Wolves (17-17-2) have known nothing but winning seasons since arriving on the scene in 1994-95 — and they’ve been below .500 at the midway point only once in their history.

That lone time occurred in 2000-01, when JOHN ANDERSON’s club stood at 16-21-4 after 41 games — yet went on to finish 43-32-7 in the regular season and roll all the way to the 2001 Turner Cup Final.

It’s not going to be easy for Chicago to pull off a victory during its third game in a 48-hour stretch. Grand Rapids enjoyed a day off Saturday after capturing its 14th home win in a row — a franchise record — on Friday night with a 1-0 overtime verdict over Lake Erie. The Griffins started their spree at home on Nov. 11 and their 3-1 win over the Wolves on Dec. 4 was the sixth in the streak.

By The Numbers

-19: The Wolves have been outscored by their opponents 60-41 in 17 games away from Allstate Arena.

18: Saturday night’s loss marked the 18th consecutive Wolves game where the team that scored first earned the win. Not only that, there hasn’t been a lead change in any of those games. The last Chicago game where both teams held the lead occurred on Dec. 4 at Grand Rapids. JORDAN CARON delivered a first-period goal for the Wolves, but the Griffins answered with 3 in the second.

0: There weren’t any power-play goals scored during the first two Chicago-Grand Rapids games this season. Each team had eight chances.

Follow The Action

Today’s game begins at 7:00 p.m and can 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: 23-12-0-1
Last Game: 1-0 OT W vs Lake Erie (Jan. 16)
2015-16 Season Series: 2-0-0-0
Last Meeting: 3-1 Home Win (Dec. 4)

ChicagoWolves

Team Record: 17-17-1-2
Last Game: 4-2 L vs Grand Rapids (Jan. 16)
2015-16 Season Series: 0-2-0-0
Last Meeting: 3-1 Road Loss (Dec. 4)

Player Spotlight

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#26 Eric Tangradi – Left Wing

Eric Tangradi has been a most welcome addition to the Griffins this season. The Philadelphia native, who has enjoyed brief stints with Pittsburgh, Winnipeg and Montreal is leading the Griffins in scoring with 16 goals and 14 assists this season.

Tangradi has played in 143 NHL games, with 15 points (five goals) and 86 penalty minutes. He has 174 points (87 goals, 87 assists) in 250 career AHL games.

Tangradi signed with the Detroit Red Wings over the summer.

Player Spotlight

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#12 Pat Cannone – Center

Wolves captain PAT CANNONE, who was named to play in the AHL All-Star Classic on Jan. 7, scored in the third period on Saturday night to extend his point streak to four games. He has posted 2 goals and 3 assists during this stretch, which has pushed him into the team lead for points with 27.

CANNONE has a ways to go to catch his longest point streak of the season. The Bayport, N.Y., native opened the year on a 10-game streak as he racked up 5 goals and 8 assists from Oct. 10 to Nov. 12.

CANNONE isn’t the only Wolves player headed to the All-Star Game. Defenseman ANDRE BENOIT received his second All-Star nod as he led the Wolves in points for an extended stretch. BENOIT scored a goal Friday night against Iowa to push his point total to 25 and he leads the squad with 21 assists.

The pair will fly to Syracuse, N.Y. on Sunday, Jan. 31, to participate in the 2016 AHL All-Star Classic. The skills competition starts the fun on Jan. 31 before the new All-Star Game format — a round-robin 3-on-3 competition between the four AHL divisions — occurs on Feb. 1.

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