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Tale of the Tape: Oct. 24


When Chicago welcomes Milwaukee to Allstate Arena tonight, they will play host to one of just two remaining undefeated teams in the league. The Admirals sit atop the league standings with a perfect 4-0-0-0 record and 8 points to start the season, outscoring their opponents 17-8 in the process despite being outshot 117-97.

Friday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m.
Allstate Arena

MIL
Team Record: 4-0-0-0
Last Game: 4-0 W vs. Iowa (Oct. 24)
Season Series: 0-0-0-0
Last Meeting: 0-6 Road Loss (April 19)
CHI
Team Record: 3-0-1-0
Last Game: 7-2 W vs. Lake Erie (Oct. 18)
Season Series: 0-0-0-0
Last Meeting: 7-2 Home Win (Oct. 18)

Storylines

  • Tonight marks the first meeting this year between Midwest division rivals Chicago and Milwaukee and the 209th all-time regular-season meeting between the clubs.
  • When Chicago welcomes Milwaukee to Allstate Arena tonight they will play host to one of just two remaining undefeated teams in the league (along with Texas); the Admirals sit atop the league standings — one spot and point ahead of the Wolves — with a perfect 4-0-0-0 record (1-0-0-0 at home and 3-0-0-0 on the road) and 8 points to start the season, outscoring their opponents 17-8 in the process despite being outshot 117-97.
  • the Midwest Division looks to remain tough this season as four of the five teams currently rank in the top half of the league standings (Milwaukee, Chicago, Grand Rapids, and Rockford) with the Admirals, Wolves, and Griffins all among the top five.
  • Chicago controlled last season’s series against their Midwest Division rival, claiming eight wins and 19 points against Milwaukee’s four wins and 11 points en route to the team’s fifth trophy in six years.


By The Numbers

18.2 – The Wolves’ power-play percentage for the 2014-15 season (4-for-22) after converting four of their 12 chances last weekend against Lake Erie; the man-advantage is currently clicking at a rate 5.3 percent higher than it did at any point last season, when it peaked at 12.9 percent.

6 – The rank of head coach JOHN ANDERSON on the American Hockey League’s list of all-time coaching wins; Anderson, currently in his 13th season with the Wolves and eighth in the AHL, passed Robbie Ftorek (353) with his 354th win last Saturday against Lake Erie.

1.25 – Average goals per game allowed by the Wolves through four games this season, tied with Utica for the lowest in the AHL; Chicago also ranks in the top spot for average shots allowed per game, surrendering 71 over four games for an average of 17.75.


Follow The Action

Tonight’s game begins at 7 p.m. and can be seen on WCIU 26. U-Too also can be found on XFinity’s Chs. 230 (HD) and 360 (SD), RCN’s Ch. 35 and WOW’s Ch. 170. The game can also be 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.


Player Spotlight

8 TyRattie

#8 Ty Rattie
Right Wing

While the title of this is “Tale of the Tape”, it could very easily be titled “Tale of the Winterhawks”. Rattie and Milwaukee’s Brendan Leipsic spent 2010-13 as teammates for the Western Hockey League’s Portland Winterhawks. Two of the top three scorers in the WHL during the 2012-13 season will take the ice as their current respective team’s point leader. 

Rattie, who recorded 110 points during that last season as teammates with Leipsic, has tallied two goals and two assists with a +3 rating in the Wolves’ last three games. With three games still left in October, the 21-year-old is already far and ahead of his points pace of last season. In nine October games last year, Rattie only recorded one goal and one assist. 

The former Winterhawks will face-off for the first time ever with bragging rights on the line, and is the highlight of the first game against the Milwaukee Admirals.

Leipsic

#28 Brendan Leipsic
Left Winger

Leipsic is a scoring machine and he’s not having any trouble adjusting in his first AHL season. 

While his former Winterhawk teammate stumbled out of the gate, Leipsic kicked off his year with a two-assist performance against the Charlotte Checkers on Oct. 10. He’s since recorded another four assists in the past two games.

In his last two seasons with the Winterhawks, Leipsic averaged just over 61 assists and 105 points, plus another 27 points on average in the playoffs. The 20-year-old forward may not be a goal-scoring fiend, but he has a knack for finding and creating opportunities for his teammates to put the puck in the net. 

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