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Tale of the Tape: Jan. 2


With 2014 in the rearview mirror, the Chicago Wolves will look to get back on track in 2015, starting with tonight’s tilt and tomorrow’s 7 p.m. faceoff against Rockford. Entering the new year, the team leaves behind a rocky December when they went 4-6-1-0, their first month with a losing record since October 2013 (3-5-0-1).

Friday, Jan. 2, 7 p.m.
Allstate Arena

HAM
Team Record: 15-13-5-0
Last Game: 2-1 W at Rockford (Dec. 30)
Season Series: 0-0-0-0
Last Meeting: 1-4 Home Loss (Jan. 26, 2014)
CHI
Team Record: 17-12-4-0
Last Game: 1-2 OTL vs. Grand Rapids (Dec. 30)
Season Series: 0-0-0-0
Last Meeting: 4-1 Home Win (Jan. 26, 2014)

Storylines

  • With 2014 in the rearview mirror, the Chicago Wolves will look to get back on track in 2015, starting with tonight’s tilt and tomorrow’s 7 p.m. faceoff against Rockford. Entering the new year, the team leaves behind a rocky December when they went 4-6-1-0, their first month with a losing record since October 2013 (3-5-0-1).

  • Last season the Wolves dominated after the calendar flipped, posting a 28-9-4-3 regular-season record from January to April for a .716 points percentage. The 2013-14 Chicago squad started the season 17-12-1-2 to collect 37 points in their first 32 games, a nearly identical to start to this year’s team (17-12-4-0 and 38 points in 33 games).

  • The Wolves face the Hamilton Bulldogs tonight for the first time this season and only time at Allstate Arena. Chicago has gone undefeated against Hamilton in the last two seasons, but both games they have dropped against them since 2010 have come at home.

  • Hamilton is the first Canadian team the Wolves will face this season and joins the Toronto Marlies as one of two overall on Chicago’s 2014-15 slate. The Wolves will travel north of the border to visit the FirstOntario Centre (Hamilton) and Ricoh Coliseum (Toronto) in early April.


By The Numbers

350 – Number of games that defenseman BRENT REGNER achieved in his American Hockey League career and forward JOHN McCARTHY achieved in his professional career (including 87 National Hockey League tilts) in Tuesday’s game. They joined teammate BENN FERRIERO, who hit the 350 mark for his pro career on Dec. 28.

3 – Points — all assists — for Wolves defenseman BRENT REGNER in two games against Hamilton last season. The Bulldogs were the only team against whom the blueliner posted above a point-per-game pace in a 2013-14 season series.

64 – Shots allowed by the Wolves in their previous two games, surrendering 33 to Rockford and 31 to Grand Rapids. It is the only time that the team has allowed 30+ shots in consecutive games other than a string of three straight from Nov. 12-15 in two games to Utica and a tilt against Rochester.


Follow The Action

Tonight’s game begins at 7 p.m. and can be seen on The U-Too (channel 26.2). 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

15 JeremyWelsh

#15 Jeremy Welsh
Center

Welsh has been the one player for the Wolves that currently has a knack for finding the back of the net as of late.  

He’s averaging a goal per game over the last four games to end the 2014 season, with four goals and including one assist. Before that, Welsh had gone 21 straight games without tallying a goal, but did pot six assists.  

Whether it’s a comfortability at home or not, seven of Welsh’s nine goals have come at Allstate Arena this season. These upcoming two games at home should bring out the inner wolf in the centerman.

Charles Hudon

#10 Charles Hudon
Center

Hamilton comes in off a big victory on the road in Rockford to end the 2014 campaign, and also one of the American Hockey League’s leading scorers in Charles Hudon. 

Hudon sits in third place with 32 points — 10 goals and 22 assists — through 33 games for just under a point per game average. The centerman went through his longest drought — four games — without tallying a point before recording a goal against Rockford on Dec. 30.

After an explosive November, Hudon’s December slowed down and the Wolves do not want to let him start the new year off on a streak.  

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