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Wolves Weekly Press Notes for Dec. 9


December 9, 2014

The Chicago Wolves play just one game this week before facing seven days of rest and will try to snap their current three-game skid, the squad’s longest winless streak and tied for longest road winless streak of the season. The last time the Wolves suffered three consecutive regulation losses to begin a month was in 2009-10, when they kicked off October with an 0-3-0-0 record, and the last time they did so in December came in 2007-08 when they started the month 0-4-0-0. Despite the setback, the Wolves still rank second in the Midwest Division and in the top 10 in the American Hockey League.

 

THIS WEEK:

Tue., Dec. 9 
at San Antonio Rampage
AT&T Center 
7 p.m. 

GAMES WILL BE AVAILABLE ON AHL LIVE 
Log on to chicagowolves.com for broadcast schedule, or to watch or listen to the action live online

REBOUND ON THE ROAD

The Chicago Wolves play just one game this week before facing seven days of rest and will try to snap their current three-game skid, the squad’s longest winless streak and tied for longest road winless streak of the season. The last time the Wolves suffered three consecutive regulation losses to begin a month was in 2009-10, when they kicked off October with an 0-3-0-0 record, and the last time they did so in December came in 2007-08 when they started the month 0-4-0-0. Despite the setback, the Wolves still rank second in the Midwest Division and in the top 10 in the American Hockey League.

WOLVES HEADLINERS

— PHILIP McRAE: Started his December on the right foot with goals on both Dec. 3 and Dec. 5 against Lake Erie and an assist Dec. 7 in San Antonio for a season-high three-game point streak … His second tally of the week was his seventh of the year, tying his total goal output from his last AHL stint (2012-13 with Peoria) in 23 fewer games … Tied for second on the team with 15 points (7G, 8A), sits third in goals, and paces the Wolves with a +8 plus/minus rating in 22 games, giving him the second-highest points-per-game pace (0.65) on the team … Split last season between Tampara and Espoo in Finland’s SM-liiga, totaling 21 points (8G, 13A) in 53 games

— SHANE HARPER: Contributed two points (G, A) but saw the Wolves’perfect 7-0-0-0 record when he scored a goal snapped in Sunday’s loss … Has registered six points (3G, 3A) in eight games since suffering through a season-high four-game scoreless drought … Ranks second on the team with eight goals and is tied for fifth overall with 13 points while pacing skaters with four power-play tallies … Potted his eighth goal of the season in his 25th game, a feat that required 41 games to accomplish in 2013-14 … Enjoyed his best AHL season with the Wolves in 2013-14, collecting 33 points (13G, 20A) in 63 games

— JORDAN BINNINGTON: Returned to the Wolves on Dec. 2 after an emergency back-up stint with St. Louis (NHL) that spanned two Blues games … Was foiled in his return to the lineup on Dec. 5 despite making 24 saves as Lake Erie potted two goals in a 2-minute, 21-second span to top the Wolves 2-1 … Has posted a 6-3-1 record in 10 appearances for Chicago, registering a 1.91 goals-against average and .925 save percentage to rank fifth in the league in GAA and third among rookies … Has accrued a 7-4-1 record, 2.08 goals-against average, and one shutout in 12 career AHL games since making his pro debut with Peoria in 2011-12

— DMITRIJ JASKIN: Continued to rack up the assists with two more last week to give him five helpers in his last five games … Ranks second on the team in the category, behind only points leader PAT CANNONE, and is the only other player with double digits … Holds the highest points-per-game pace on the Wolves at 0.81 with 13 (3G, 10A) in 16 games … Sits second on the team with a +6 plus/minus rating … Appeared in six games with St. Louis this season, contributing one goal and a -1 plus/minus rating over a three-week span (Oct. 24 to Nov. 13)

WOLF TRACKS

— Last week’s loss to San Antonio marked the Wolves’first regulation loss to a West Division team this season, but they still hold a winning record of 4-1-1-0 (.750 points percentage) thanks to wins over Charlotte and Iowa. 

— The Wolves’back-to-back defeats at the hands of Lake Erie was the first time they have surrendered more than one game to the Monsters in a season. Chicago played Lake Erie twice per season from 2007-09, four times per season from 2009-14, and will face off against them eight times in 2014-15.

— Chicago has struggled without right wing SEBASTIAN WANNSTROM in the lineup, going 3-5-1-0 (.389) since losing him to injury on Nov. 18 at Adirondack. Linemates ROB BORDSON and JEREMY WELSH have combined for just one assist in the last nine games without him.

— The Wolves allowed San Antonio 25 shots on Sunday, tied for the second-fewest the Rampage have recorded in a game this season (17 on Nov. 14 vs. Charlotte and 25 on Oct. 31 vs. Rockford). While San Antonio ranks second in the AHL with 34.8 shots per game, the Wolves sit third in the circuit with 25.6 shots allowed on average.

— The team has scored just 16 goals in the last 10 games after notching 56 in its first 15. Prior to Nov. 18, Chicago held a league-high 12.7 shooting percentage, a stat that has regressed to 9.6 percent in the 10 games since to drop it much closer to the league’s average team shooting percentage of 9.2. 

— The Wolves dropped all three of last week’s games by just one goal, moving them to 5-5-3-0 (.500) in that situation this year while surrendering 13 potential standings points. Last season the team excelled in tight matchups, posting a 22-7-5-5 (.692) record.

— Chicago is one of just seven teams to have not gone to a shootout yet this season. The Wolves are joined on the list by Hamilton, Norfolk, Rochester, Texas, Utica, and Rochester.

OUT AND ABOUT

The Wolves will take advantage of their time off by getting involved in the community. Right wing SHANE HARPER kicks off the team’s 20th season of Read to Succeed with an appearance at the Naperville 95th Street Library on Thursday at 4 p.m. The entire team and coaching staff will congregate on Sunday for the 18th annual Get Fed by the Wolves fundraiser at Adobe Gila’s in Rosemont. The players will trade their skates for aprons to support Chicago Wolves Charities. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit ChicagoWolves.com/Community or call 1-800-THE-WOLVES.

WOLVES REWIND (0-3-0-0)

Sunday, Dec. 7

(at) San Antonio 2, Chicago 1

— The Wolves rallied after surrendering the opening goal, but were ultimately doomed by former Wolves forward Mark Mancari, who notched the game-winning goal in the second period at AT&T Center

— SHANE HARPER tallied a power-play marker in the first period to briefly even the score 1-1

— Goaltender MATT CLIMIE stopped 23 of 25 shots

 

Friday, Dec. 5

(at) Lake Erie 2, Chicago 1

— Lake Erie opened a 2-0 lead in the opening 16 minutes and rode goaltender Calvin Pickard’s 34 saves to the win at Quicken Loans Arena

— Forward PHILIP McRAE scored at the 7:32 mark of the third period for the Wolves’lone goal

— Goaltender JORDAN BINNINGTON stopped 24 of 26 shots in the loss

 

Wednesday, Dec. 3

(at) Lake Erie 3, Chicago 2

— The Wolves opened up a two-goal lead in the first 15 minutes but surrendered three unanswered goals to the Monsters at Quicken Loans Arena in their regulation loss to Lake Erie since 2011-12

— JOHN McCARTHY collected his first goal of the season 6:29 into the game and PHILIP McRAE rounded out scoring for Chicago

— Goaltender MATT CLIMIE stopped 20 of 23 shots

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