TALE OF THE TAPE: FEB. 26
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Friday, Feb. 26, 7:00 p.m. Bradley Center
It has been two months between meetings, but things are expected to heat up as Chicago continues its Amtrak Rivalry series with Milwaukee tonight in Milwaukee. The Wolves are looking for their first win in the Bradley Center as they’ve come up short in three visits this season, which includes the last Amtrak Rivalry game on Dec. 28.
The home-and-home weekend series continues Saturday night at the Allstate Arena.
The Admirals have lost 3 of 4 games to fall out of the top spot in the Central Division standings, but remain just percentage points behind Rockford.
JEREMY WELSH and PAT CANNONE lead active Wolves players in scoring against the Admirals. WELSH is averaging nearly a point per game with 14 points (9G, 5A) in 15 games while CANNONE has registered 11 points (4G, 7A) in 24 contests.
By The Numbers
9: This weekend’s Amtrak Rivalry series will mark the ninth time the Wolves play the same opponent twice in a 48-hour period. Chicago has six more back-to-back encounters to go: March 5-6 (Milwaukee), March 18-19 (Rockford), March 25-26 (Iowa), April 1-2 (Lake Erie), April 8-9 (Grand Rapids), and April 15-16 (Iowa).
3: Tonight’s game begins the Wolves’ third three-in-three stretch of the season. The team went 0-3-0-0 during the first one and 2-1-0-0 in the second.
33.3:Wolves’ power play percentage (8-for-24) in five games versus Milwaukee in the Amtrak Rivalry.
60: Number of days since Chicago and Milwaukee last met on Dec. 28, 2015 (a 4-1 Admirals win at the Bradley Center).
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.
Team Record: 32-17-3-0
Last Game: 6-4 L at Rockford (Feb. 24)
2015-16 Season Series: 4-1-0-0
Last Meeting: 4-1 Home Win (Dec. 28)
Team Record: 24-24-3-2
Last Game: 5-0 L vs Grand Rapids (Feb. 23)
2015-16 Season Series: 1-3-0-1
Last Meeting: 4-1 Road Loss (Dec. 28)
Max Gortz is enjoying his first season of play in North America.
The Sweden native currently ranks tied for first on the team in scoring with 32 points, tallying 11 goals and 21 assists through 48 games this season. Gortz previously played in the Swedish Hockey League with Färjestad BK and Frölunda HC and was one of the leading scorers for the Indians in his first full season with the club.
The 22-year-old was a sixth-round selection by Nashville in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Judging from the numbers, goaltender JORDAN BINNINGTON is most effective when staying busy in net. Over the course of three seasons in Chicago, the 22-year-old has built a 15-3-1 record when recording 30 or more saves in a game. This season he is 6-2 in such games, his last win coming with a 35-save effort at Manitoba on Feb. 13.
BINNINGTON has also experienced his fair share of success against Milwaukee, winning his first eight games versus the Admirals. In 11 career games, BINNINGTON owns an 8-2-1 record, a 2.21 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage.
BINNINGTON can move into a fifth-place tie with Eddie Lack, Norm Maracle and Ondrej Pavelec in the Wolves record book with his next shutout. The Richmond Hill, Ontario native has posted 1 shutout this season and 4 shutouts over the course of 72 appearances since making his team debut on Jan. 5, 2014.