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Tale of the Tape: Jan. 24

Tonight’s Chicago Wolves game at Texas is not being televised. To watch or listen tonight, please go to AHLLive.com. The Wolves return to The U-Too on Jan. 30 against Rockford. Follow live play-by-play on Twitter at @ChiWolvesLive.

Saturday, Jan. 24, 7 p.m.
Cedar Park Center

TEX
Team Record: 17-15-9-0
Last Game: 3-2 W vs. Chicago (Jan. 23)
Season Series: 1-0-0-0
Last Meeting: 3-2 Home Win (Jan. 23)
CHI
Team Record: 21-16-4-1
Last Game: 2-3 L at Texas (Jan. 23)
Season Series: 0-1-0-0
Last Meeting: 2-3 Road Loss (Jan. 23)

Storylines

  • The squad looks to rebound tonight in its last tilt in Texas of 2014-15. In back-to-back sets against the same opponent this season, the Wolves are 6-3-1-0 in the second game, including 3-1-0-0 when they drop the first tilt of the doubleheader.

  • The Chicago Wolves saw their three-game point streak come to an end Friday night as they were downed by the Texas Stars 3-2. It was a familiar story for the Wolves as they struggled to capitalize on their chances and dropped their fifth consecutive game to Texas and third straight at Cedar Park Center. 

  • Texas inched closer to a playoff spot with their win. As the Wolves sit in the No. 7 spot (47 points in 42 games), they are followed closely behind by No. 8 Grand Rapids (44 points in 40 games), No. 9 Hamilton (44 points in 42 games), and No. 10 Texas (43 points in 41 games).

  • Last night’s tilt featured a showdown between the Wolves’ and Stars’ special teams, putting two of the top squads on display. Each registered a power-play tally, going 1-for-5 and 1-for-3, respectively, on the man-advantage. It was the Stars’ seventh power-play goal in their last six games and just the second given up in the last 43 penalty kills on the road by the Wolves. Chicago’s tally was the first power-play marker that Texas had surrendered in nine games.


By The Numbers

690 – Days since the Wolves’ last win over Texas — a 4-3 victory on March 5, 2013 — and a stretch of five regular-season games between the opponents.

14 – Games the Wolves have won this season when trailing after two periods (0-15-2-1), including last night’s 3-2 loss. They are the only team in the league to have not rallied for a win after the second intermission, with the last time they did so coming March 29, 2014, against Lake Erie.

4 – Consecutive losses for the Wolves when allowing a power-play goal. Chicago has only surrendered a man-advantage marker in four of its last 11 contests, but is 0-4-0-0 in them, bringing its season record to 7-8-3-1 when giving up a PPG.


Follow The Action

Tonight’s game begins at 7 p.m. and can be streamed on www.ahllive.com.

You can also follow @Chicago_Wolves or @ChiWolvesLive on Twitter for live in-game play-by-play.


Player Spotlight

9 ShaneHarper

#9 Shane Harper
Right Wing

If there’s one player who has been giving it all through 42 games and hasn’t seen a gap in his production, it would be Shane Harper.  

The 25-year-old forward hasn’t gone more than two games without recording a point since Nov. 22. Over his last three games, he’s tallied three goals and two assists. In the Wolves’ nine January games, Harper has totaled six goals and two assists for just under a point per game average. 

The California kid continues to be at the right place at the right time in front of the net, and persistent about lighting the lamp. A helping hand in a win entering the All-star break wouldn’t be a bad way to enter a long break. 

Maxime Fortunus

#18 Maxime Fortunus
Defenseman

The Stars’ captain and top-scoring defenseman made his presence felt in last night’s 3-2 victory, tallying two goals on three shots for his first multi-goal game since Feb. 1, 2014. His second goal would go on to be the game-winner.

The 31-year-old blue liner has had one of his best months of the season thus far, recording three goals and four assists in 10 games. He’s only earned double-digit goals in a season one time, back in his first season with the Stars in 2009-10. If he keeps the pace he’s on, he will break his AHL career record of 11 goals in a season.

This year’s Western Conference All-star captain was successful last night firing shots through traffic, and the Stars will look to keep him rolling again tonight.