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TALE OF THE TAPE: APRIL 8


Friday, April 8, 6:00 p.m. Van Andel Arena

Chicago closes its season series against Grand Rapids with a pair of weekend games, starting tonight in G.R. The Wolves have earned 3 of a possible 6 points at Van Andel Arena this season and are looking for their second win of the year in the building.

The Griffins have won their last 3 encounters against Chicago behind a pair of shutouts from goaltender Jared Coreau.

Chicago finds itself in position to play spoiler, as Grand Rapids trails front-runner Milwaukee by 7 points in the chase for the Sam Pollock Trophy, which is awarded to the Central Division champion. The Griffs are shooting for their second-straight division title.

The Wolves were officially eliminated from AHL postseason consideration on Tuesday when Charlotte defeated Rockford, 2-1. It marks just the fifth time in 22 seasons the Wolves have not qualified for the playoffs.

 

By The Numbers

2: Chicago’s last two visits to Van Andel Arena have extended into overtime (both decided by 4-3 scores). Andy Miele scored at the 4:25 mark in a Griffins victory on Feb. 28 and PAT CANNONE netted the game-winner at 2:29 for the Wolves win on Jan. 17.

46: The professional debuts of JUSTIN SELMAN and TRAVIS WALSH last weekend raised the number of players who have appeared in a Wolves uniform this season to 46 – the most by the team since the 2012-13 season (47).

200: Career AHL points for PAT CANNONE, who has compiled 80 goals and 120 assists in 344 games. He just the second player on the team to reach the 200-point milestone, joining ANDRE BENOIT, who reached No. 200 on Feb. 13 and owns 51 goals and 154 assists for 205 points in 385 contests.

Follow The Action

Today’s game begins at 6:00 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.


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Team Record: 43-25-1-1
Last Game: 3-2 W at Rochester (April 3)
2015-16 Season Series: 5-0-1-0
Last Meeting: 4-0 Road Win (March 13)

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Team Record: 30-33-5-3
Last Game: 4-1 L vs Lake Erie (April 2)
2015-16 Season Series: 1-4-1-0
Last Meeting: 4-0 Road Loss (March 13)

Player Spotlight

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#5 Robbie Russo – Defenseman 

Grand Rapids defenseman Robbie Russo will have to make some room in the trophy case. Russo was named to the 2015-16 AHL All-Rookie Team, as voted by coaches, players and media in each of the league’s 30 member cities.

In his first pro campaign after a stellar four-year collegiate career at Notre Dame, Russo has tallied five goals and 34 assists (5-34—39) in 65 games for Grand Rapids, while posting a league-leading plus-47 rating that is tied for the highest mark by an AHL player since 1993.

A 23-year-old native of Westmont, Ill., Russo was originally a fourth-round draft pick (95th overall) by the New York Islanders in 2011 and signed as a free agent with the Detroit Red Wings on Aug. 16, 2015.

 

Player Spotlight

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#8 Ty Rattie – Right Wing 

Playing some of his best hockey of the season, TY RATTIE has been the Wolves’ top scorer over the past 10 games, compiling 9 points on 2 goals and 7 assists. RATTIE registered a goal and 2 assists in last Friday’s 4-3 loss to Lake Erie, marking his fourth 3-point effort of the season (and the eighth of his career).

The Airdrie, Alberta native has amassed 3 consecutive, 40-point seasons with the Wolves. He stands third in overall team scoring, having amassed 14 goals and 26 assists for 40 points.

RATTIE has never finished lower than third in Wolves scoring, leading the team as a rookie in 2013-14 and placing third last year.

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