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26 January 2009

WOLVES WEEKLY PRESS NOTES FOR JAN. 26

Fri., Jan. 30
at Milwaukee Admirals (29-12-2-2)
Bradley Center
7 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 31
vs. Houston Aeros (21-18-1-7)
Allstate Arena
7 p.m.

STARRY STARRY NIGHT

Right wing Joe Motzko will be in the lineup for the PlanetUSA team in tonight's 2009 AHL All-Star Game in Worcester, Mass.; Wolves coaches DON GRANATO, JASON CHRISTIE and WENDELL YOUNG will be behind the bench for the PlanetUSA All Stars, in honor of Chicago's 2008 Calder Cup Championship.

WOLVES HEADLINES

--- Joe Motzko: Ranks first on the team and third in the AHL with 24 goals in 46 games this season ... Leads the team and shares 11th in the AHL with 43 points ... Paces the Wolves and shares sixth in the league with 10 power-play markers ... Recorded five points (G, 4A) in the last four games

--- Jeff Hamilton: Leads the team with 25 assists and ranks second with 36 points and eight power-play goals in 33 games ... Shares second on the squad with 11 goals ... Tallied at least one point in 23 of his 33 outings this season, which includes seven multiple-point performances - five of which were three or more ... His average of 1.09 points per game ranks first on the team ... Recorded seven points (4G, 3A) in the last four games

--- Clay Wilson: Collected four points (4A) in four games with Chicago since being assigned by the Atlanta Thrashers on Jan. 14, after he was acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets with a sixth-round choice in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for forward Jason Williams ... Ranks third on the team with 16 assists and shares third with 24 points in 37 games, which includes 20 points (8G, 12A) in 33 matchups with the Syracuse Crunch ... Dished out a season-high two assists at Hamilton on Jan. 23

--- Brett Skinner: Tallied five points (G, 4A) in five games with the Wolves after being acquired in a trade with the New York Islanders for right wing Junior Lessard on Jan. 13 ... Ranks third among team blueliners with 17 points, which includes 12 points (G, 11A) in 24 contests with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers ... Shares fourth on the club with 15 assists ... Made his NHL debut in 11 games with the Islanders this season, collecting four penalty minutes

--- Ondrej Pavelec: Posted 33 saves on 35 shots at Toronto on Jan. 24 - his first start since Dec. 27 ... Amassed a 6-6-1 record, with a 2.07 goals-against average and .927 save percentage in 13 outings this season ... Has held opponents to two or fewer goals in 10 of his 13 contests this season

WOLF TRACKS

--- Chicago opened the scoring on Saturday for the first time in nine games; the Wolves have notched a 11-7-1-1 record when scoring first this season.

--- Five of Chicago's last seven games have been decided by one goal; the Wolves have posted a 12-10-2-1 mark in contests decided by one tally this year.

--- The Wolves have potted seven power- play goals in their last four games (7 of 26) after scoring seven in their previous 11 contests (7 of 62); Chicago ranks 27th in the league with a 13.4 percent efficiency rating on the power play (34 of 254).

--- Chicago blanked Toronto on six man-advantage chances Saturday, the second time in the last four games the team has been perfect on the penalty kill; the Wolves rank 26th in the league with a 80.0 percent efficiency rating on the penalty kill (188 of 235).

--- Center Steve Martins recorded his 100th career AHL goal at Hamilton on Friday; the 36-year-old forward holds fifth on the team with 23 points (8G, 15A) in 39 contests during his 14th pro campaign.

--- Right wing Spencer Machacek shares first on the team with a +13 plus/minus rating; the 20 year-old forward leads Wolves rookies with nine goals and 20 points in 43 outings during his pro debut.

WORK AT HOME

--- Starting with Thursday's tilt against Iowa, the Wolves will play six of their next eight games at the Allstate Arena; Chicago has posted an 11-8-0-1 record in 20 home matchups this season, tied for the third fewest home games played by an AHL team this year.

WOLVES REWIND (0-2-0-0)

Sat., Jan. 24
(at) Toronto 3, Chicago 1
--- Chicago struck first but fell victim to three straight markers, dropping an eventual 3-1 decision to the Toronto Marlies at Ricoh Coliseum Saturday night
--- Left wing Colin Stuart netted the lone tally for Chicago
--- Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec posted 33 saves on 35 shots

Fri., Jan. 23
(at) Hamilton 3, Chicago 2
--- Chicago fell into an early 2-0 hole and never climbed out, suffering a 3-2 loss to the Hamilton Bulldogs at Copps Coliseum Friday night
--- Right wing Jeff Hamilton and center Steve Martins tallied for the Wolves
--- Goaltender Robert Gherson made 17 saves on 20 shots



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