TALE OF THE TAPE: APRIL 2
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Saturday, April 2, 7:00 p.m. Allstate Arena
The Chicago Wolves’ lengthy odds to reach the 2016 Calder Cup playoffs grew even longer Friday night as the Wolves dropped a 4-3 decision to the Lake Erie Monsters at Allstate Arena while the Charlotte Checkers earned a 6-3 home win over the Texas Stars.
Here’s the reality of the situation: The Wolves can be eliminated from playoff consideration by the end of Saturday’s play by either the Charlotte Checkers or the San Jose Barracuda — but only if the Wolves lose in regulation during tonight’s rematch with Lake Erie.
If the Wolves win their final six games, they would finish with 80 points and a .526 winning percentage. That means either Charlotte, which also plays 76 regular-season games, needs to reach 81 points or San Jose, which plays 68 regular-season games, needs to get to 72 points to ensure the Wolves can’t snag the fourth-place “crossover” spot in the Pacific Division.
Charlotte sits at 77 points, so the only way it can eliminate Chicago tonight is if the Checkers win and the Wolves lose in regulation. San Jose owns 68 points, so the same situation is in effect there: San Jose must win and the Wolves must lose in regulation to knock out Chicago.
By The Numbers
8: TY RATTIE’s 3-point effort on Friday marked the fourth time this season and the eighth time in his Wolves (and professional) career that he has contributed 3 points in a game.
4: JORDAN CARON enjoyed a 2-assist night Friday for the fourth time this season, which includes his pair of assists on Feb. 9 at Lake Erie when the Wolves dropped a 3-2 overtime decision.
17: When Lake Erie’s John Ramage and TY RATTIE scored 17 seconds apart Friday, it marked the fastest exchange of goals this season for the Wolves.
Follow The Action
Today’s game begins at 7:00 p.m. and can be seen on WCIU The U Too as well as 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: 30-32-5-3
Last Game: 4-3 L vs Lake Erie (April 1)
2015-16 Season Series: 1-5-1-0
Last Meeting: 4-3 Home Loss (April 1)
Team Record: 38-21-5-5
Last Game: 4-3 W at Chicago (April 1)
2015-16 Season Series: 6-1-0-0
Last Meeting: 4-3 Road Win (April 1)
The Wolves are utilizing one of their rare seasons on the outside of the playoff picture to take a look at new players and new combinations.
Friday’s game marked the professional debut of forward JUSTIN SELMAN and the Wolves debut of defenseman TRAVIS WALSH, who made his professional debut way back on March 26.
SELMAN played alongside the team’s top two scorers (center PAT CANNONE and right wing DANNY kRISTO) on the team’s top line and launched 1 shot while serving his first professional penalty (tripping).
WALSH, whose grandfather, U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer Ron Mason,came to town to watch his AHL debut, fired 2 shots, picked up 4 penalty minutes and earned a +1 plus-minus rating.
“SELMAN, you can see he’s got a bunch of speed,” said Wolves head coach JOHN ANDERSON after Friday’s game. “I thought WALSH played very well tonight. Had a lot of poise. Lake Erie is a big, strong, fast team and he handled the pressure.”
The Monsters earned their fourth straight victory last night with a win over the Wolves and Steve Eminger played a large role in the victory.
The defenseman scored his second goal of the night with 1:50 remaining to lead Lake Erie past the Chicago Wolves, 4-3, Friday at Allstate Arena. Eminger’s fifth goal of the season came on a power play at 18:10, with assists by Daniel Zaar and Alex Broadhurst.
Selected by the Washington Capitals in the first round of the 2002 NHL Draft with the 12th overall pick, Eminger posted four goals, 23 points, 60 penalty minutes and a +2 rating in 62 appearances for the AHL’s Providence Bruins last season.
The 32-year-old posted 19 goals, 99 points and 359 penalty minutes in 488 career NHL appearances for Washington, the Philadelphia Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, Anaheim Ducks and New York Rangers spanning parts of ten seasons from 2002 to 2013.