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TALE OF THE TAPE: APRIL 9


Saturday, April 9, 7:00 p.m. Allstate Arena

Chicago takes on Grand Rapids tonight in the last meeting of the season between the two Central Division rivals. The Wolves are looking for their first home win against the Griffs, who have won all three games at Allstate Arena by a combined 11-1 count.

Chicago is coming off a 4-3 loss Friday night in Grand Rapids, which snapped the team’s three-game road winning streak.

The Wolves will also attempt to end a five-game losing skid at Allstate Arena, the team’s longest of the season.

JOHN ANDERSON’s club needs to win its last four games to avoid the first losing season in franchise history.

TY RATTIE and PAT CANNONE are the biggest point producers against the Griffins over the last three seasons. RATTIE owns 13 points (9G, 4A) in 23 career games while CANNONE sports 9 points (5G, 4A) in 23 contests.

Tonight’s contest features one of the league’s top rookies in Griffins defenseman Robbie Russo, who leads the AHL in plus/minus (+46) and was named to the AHL All-Star Second Team and the AHL All-Rookie Team this week. Russo was born in west suburban Westmont.

By The Numbers

1: With more one win at Allstate Arena, Chicago will record its 22nd consecutive winning campaign at home.

14: The Wolves are playing the same opponent on back-to-back nights/days for the 14th time this season. Thus far, the Wolves have recorded 2 sweeps (both within the past month), been swept on 5 occasions, and split 6 times. Chicago plays its 15th and final back-to-back series next week against Iowa.

96: Total goals scored for (by the Wolves) and scored against (by opponents) at Allstate Arena this season.

.724: Chicago scored first last night, but did not win. It was a rare occurrence for a team which has won 72.4 percent of its games when scoring first, based on a 20-7-2-0 record.

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.


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Team Record: 44-25-1-1
Last Game: 4-3 W vs Chicago (April 8)
2015-16 Season Series: 6-0-1-0
Last Meeting: 4-3 Home Win (April 8)

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Team Record: 30-34-5-3
Last Game: 4-3 L at Grand Rapids (April 8)
2015-16 Season Series: 1-5-1-0
Last Meeting: 4-3 Road Loss (April 8)

Player Spotlight

Photo: Ross Dettman/Chicago Wolves

#24 Jordan Schmaltz – Defenseman

When JORDAN SCHMALTZ recorded 2 assists in just his third game as a pro, it signaled a sign of things to come. Five months later, the 22-year-old leads Wolves defensemen in scoring with 33 points and stands fifth overall on the team.

Along the way, SCHMALTZ has compiled five multiple-point games, scored a shootout winner on an impressive backhander, earned No. 1 Star honors on two occasions, and played in 67 of 72 games.

A glance at where SCHMALTZ ranks on the Wolves’ single-season rookie defenseman scoring list:
Name                         GP     G-A-P       Season
1. Bob Nardella          74      9-40-49    1994-95
2. Nathan Oystrick    80      15-32-47   2006-07
3. Jordan Schmaltz   67       5-28-33   2015-16
Brad Hunt              65      4-29-33    2012-13
5. Paul Postma          63      15-14-29  2009-10

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#5 Robbie Russo – Defenseman 

Griffins rookie defenseman Robbie Russo became the first player in the franchise’s 20-year history to earn both All-Rookie and All-Star Team accolades in the same season after he was named to the AHL Second All-Star Team.

He is the 16th player in team history – and fourth defenseman – selected to a year-end All-Star Team and the first Griffins rookie ever to be named a first or second team All-Star.

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 67 games for Grand Rapids, while posting a league-leading plus-45 rating. Russo, who has been on the ice for only 30 even-strength goals by the opposition all season, has also contributed offensively, as he is tied for third among AHL rookie defensemen and tied for 14th among all league blueliners in scoring.

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