25 April 2014

Tale of the Tape: Game 1 of Western Conference Quarterfinals

GAME 1

No. 2 Chicago Wolves (0-0) at No. 7 Rochester Americans (0-0)
6:05 p.m. Friday
Blue Cross Arena
TV: U-Too 26.2, XFinity 248 and 360, RCN 35, WOW 170
Radio: AHLLive.com

WOLVES   AMERICANS
45-21-5-5 Regular-season record 37-28-6-5
100 Points 85
3.14 (T6th) Goals per game (AHL rank) 2.84 (17th)
2.51 (4th) Goals allowed per game (rank) 2.86 (16th)
12.6 (30th) Power-play percentage (rank) 19.8 (10th)
85.6 (4th) Penalty kill percentage (rank) 83.1 (12th)

PLAYOFF HISTORY

The Wolves and the Americans are two of the three current AHL franchises that have won multiple Calder Cups. Rochester, which has been a part of the league since its inception in 1936, owns six Calder Cups and last won in 1996. The Wolves joined the AHL in 2001 and has captured two Calder Cups.

This is the third year in a row Rochester has been the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference. In each of the previous two seasons, the Amerks were swept by Toronto. Rochester hasn’t won a postseason game since 2010 and a series since 2005.

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

Allen JakeWolves goaltender Jake Allen

The 23-year-old Allen became the second player in 29 years to lead the league in wins (33), goals-against average (2.03) and save percentage (.929). He won the Aldege “Baz” Bastien award as the AHL’s most outstanding goaltender.

Luke AdamAmericans center Luke Adam

The 23-year-old Adam stacked up 29 goals (including 16 on the power play) and 20 assists in 59 games for Rochester. He also appeared in 12 games for the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres and posted one goal.