TALE OF THE TAPE: FEB. 18
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Thursday, Feb. 18, 7:00 p.m. Allstate Arena
Chicago and Iowa will tangle for the third time in 14 days when the puck drops tonight at Allstate Arena. This marks the Wild’s last visit to Allstate Arena until the Wolves’ regular-season finale April 16. The teams split a weekend series on Feb. 5-6 with the Wolves pulling out a 2-1 road win in Des Moines, followed by a 5-1 loss the following night in Rosemont.
The Wolves play their 50th game of the season tonight, leaving 26 left for the regular season. A possible 52 points are still on the table as the Wolves make a run at a postseason berth. The team has qualified for the playoffs 17 times in 21 seasons.
Iowa’s David Cunniff took over interim head coaching duties on Saturday (Feb. 13) after John Torchetti was promoted to interim head coach of the Minnesota Wild.
Among active Wolves players, PAT CANNONE and TY RATTIE have experienced the most success against the Wild. CANNONE owns 18 points (11G, 7A) in 21 games while RATTIE has compiled 13 points (7G, 6A) in 22 contests. RATTIE, incidentally, is scoreless in six games this season versus Iowa.
By The Numbers
11: Third-period goals the Wolves have scored against Iowa this season. Chicago has outscored Iowa 11-5 in the final frame, making up for the 6-1 deficit the Wild have built in first-period scoring.
36: Number of players who have appeared in a Wolves uniform this season.
61.5: Percentage of home games (16 of 26) that make up the remainder of the Wolves’ 2015-16 schedule.
Follow The Action
Today’s game begins at 7:00 p.m and can be seen on WCIU The U TOO or 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.
Team Record: 23-22-2-2
Last Game: 5-2 L at Manitoba (Feb. 14)
2015-16 Season Series: 5-2-0-0
Last Meeting: 5-1 Home Loss (Feb. 6)
Team Record: 15-30-3-3
Last Game: 2-0 L at Milwaukee (Feb. 14)
2015-16 Season Series: 2-4-1-0
Last Meeting: 5-1 Road Win (Feb. 6)
The line of center PAT CANNONE, right wing DANNY KRISTO and left wing JORDAN CARON has figured prominently in team scoring of late, playing a hand in 5 of 7 goals over the last four games. CANNONE, KRISTO and CARON also occupy the top three spots, respectively, atop the Wolves’ scoring chart.
CANNONE leads the team in goals (17), points (41), plus/minusrating (+14) and game-winning goals (5) while KRISTO shares goal-scoring honors (17) and owns a team-high 113 shots on goal. On Saturday, KRISTO scored his third overtime goal of the season. CARON stands third in goals (14) and is tied with CANNONE for the team lead in power-play tallies (5).
Filling the scoresheet is nothing new for the trio, which combined for 20 points (9G, 11A) over a 3-game stretch (Jan. 22-26). In addition, the crew has scored 21 of the team’s 46 goals (46 percent) since the start of the new year.
The player spotlight turns into a coach spotlight for at least one time this season, as the Iowa Wild recently experienced a major change behind the bench.
Associate Coach David Cunniff was promoted to Interim Head Coach of the Iowa Wild on Saturday after the Minnesota Wild promoted John Torchetti from Iowa to be the Interim Head Coach of the Minnesota Wild following the firing of Mike Yeo.
The 44-year-old coach brings more than 13 years of experience to Iowa. He most recently led the Albany Devils through the 2014-15 season as an assistant coach. The Devils posted a 37-28-5-6 record last year, missing the Calder Cup playoffs by two points.
He joined the Devils after spending the previous 12 years in the San Jose Sharks organization.