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Tale of the Tape: Jan. 13


The Wolves travel to Des Moines to face the Iowa Wild tonight as the teams head into the stretch run of their season series. Chicago has had success at Wells Fargo Arena, never dropping a regulation decision there against the Wild and with their last regulation loss in the building coming on Oct. 31, 2008, to then-tenant the Iowa Chops.

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 7 p.m.
Wells Fargo Arena

IA
Team Record: 13-21-1-1
Last Game: 3-8 L at San Antonio (Jan. 10)
Season Series: 1-4-0-0
Last Meeting: 1-5 Home Loss (Dec. 21)
CHI
Team Record: 18-14-4-0
Last Game: 1-5 L at Grand Rapids (Jan. 10)
Season Series: 4-1-0-0
Last Meeting: 5-1 Road Win (Dec. 21)

Storylines

  • The Wolves travel to Des Moines to face the Iowa Wild tonight as the teams head into the stretch run of their season series. Chicago has had success at Wells Fargo Arena, never dropping a regulation decision there against the Wild and with their last regulation loss in the building coming on Oct. 31, 2008, to then-tenant the Iowa Chops.

  • The Chicago Wolves limped past the midway point of their 2014-15 Midwest Division slate last week as, seven days after being shut out by Rockford 3-0, they were outplayed by Grand Rapids in a 5-1 loss on Saturday. The defeat dropped the team to .500 (9-9-3-0) in intra-division contests this season with 19 of their final 40 games coming against Midwest rivals. 

  • The Wolves will need to rebound in order to regain their once-strong playoff positioning after dropping to the eighth spot in the Western Conference over the weekend. As it currently stands, four of the top eight teams in the conference are members of the Midwest Division (Rockford 3rd, Milwaukee 6th, Grand Rapids 7th, Chicago 8th).

  • Despite sitting last in the league, the Wild are 6-4-0-0 in their last 10 while the Wolves are 4-5-1-0.


By The Numbers

1 – Of a possible eight points that the Wolves have captured in their last four outings against the Midwest Division. The team is 2-5-1-0 against intra-division rivals since the start of December and 9-9-3-0 for the season. Last year, when Chicago won the division title, it was 26-11-2-5 (.670).

-14 – Shot differential in the Wolves’ tilt in Grand Rapids on Saturday, the worst the team has been outshot since April 16, 2014 (26-44 in a 4-3 shootout win in Iowa). Chicago had previously taken five of a possible six points in the three games this season in which it was outshot by 10 or more.

97.1 – Success rate on the penalty kill for the Wolves in their last 10 road games, during which they have killed off 34 of 35 chances. Chicago’s road penalty kill ranks third in the league at an 89.3 percent success rate (67-for-75) despite sitting 27th at home (78.4 percent, 40-for-51) and 11th overall (84.9 percent, 107-for-126).


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

27 RobBordson

#27 Rob Bordson
Left Wing

Bordson started the season as one of the Wolves most potent players on the road, tallying four goals and nine assists through the first 18 road games. He recorded all four of those goals in three road games against Iowa.  

Since that most recent game against the Wild on Dec. 21, Bordson has yet to tally a single point, tallying just 12 shots on goal with a -6 plus-minus rating and four penalty minutes. Once the most dependable forward on the road, Bordson has struggled amongst the line changes made by head coach John Anderson. 

Should Anderson try to revamp the “BWW” line of Bordson, Jeremy Welsh and Sebastian Wannstrom to get that same production from early in the season? Or does Bordson just need to find a way to get back to his scoring ways? Either way, Wells Fargo Arena in Iowa is the perfect place for him to get back on the horse. 

Marc Hagel

#27 Marc Hagel
Right Wing

Since these two teams’ last meeting on Dec. 21, the Wild have won four of seven while also allowing nine goals in one game and eight in their most recent on Jan. 10 against San Antonio.

Hagel has been one of the brighter spots for them in their last three matchups, tallying a goal and three assists in those games. His seven goals and 11 assists sit fourth for Iowa. 

The Wild are tied in the Western Conference for most goals given up and are one of only three teams with less than 90 goals scored. With the recent struggles of the Wolves, this becomes a crucial and perfect game for them to get back on track to start the second half of the season.  

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