TALE OF THE TAPE: APRIL 9| EMAIL | PRINT
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.