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Tale of the Tape: Feb. 3

Chicago has posted a 11-3-0-0 all-time record in morning games, including a 7-2-0-0 mark at Allstate Arena. The Wolves’ only School-Day Game losses at home came Jan. 12, 2011, versus Texas, and earlier this season — Dec. 17 — when they were topped by Adirondack.

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 11 a.m.
Allstate Arena

RCH
Team Record: 18-26-1-0
Last Game: 2-3 L vs. Adirondack (Jan. 31)
Season Series: 0-1-0-0
Last Meeting: 4-7 Home Loss (Nov. 15)
CHI
Team Record: 22-17-5-1
Last Game: 4-1 W vs. Rockford (Jan. 31)
Season Series: 1-0-0-0
Last Meeting: 7-4 Road Win (Nov. 15)

Storylines

  • Chicago has posted a 11-3-0-0 all-time record in morning games, including a 7-2-0-0 mark at Allstate Arena. The Wolves’ only School-Day Game losses at home came Jan. 12, 2011, versus Texas, and earlier this season — Dec. 17 — when they were topped by Adirondack.

  • The Chicago Wolves returned home on Saturday following a five-game road trip and earned a 4-1 victory over Midwest Division rival Rockford. The win snapped a season-high three-game skid at Allstate Arena, where the Wolves are 9-5-3-1 but have dropped four of their last six tilts. The team will look to keep the momentum going in its own barn as Chicago plays 20 of its final 31 games this season in Rosemont.

  • The upcoming home-ice advantage could prove significant to the Wolves as they remain in the thick of the playoff hunt. Seven games past the halfway point of the season, Chicago is hovering on the playoff bubble in the eighth seed. Its 50 points in 45 games is identical to ninth-place Hamilton, who the Wolves hold an edge over with a 1-0-0-0 lead in the clubs’ season series. With five of the seven teams ahead of it holding games in hand, Chicago needs every point it can get.

  • The Wolves are in their sixth season of hosting an annual School-Day Game, giving thousands of Chicago-area students the opportunity to experience hockey in a fun and educational way. 


By The Numbers

1 – Game — this morning’s tilt — left in the first half of the Wolves’ 2014-15 home schedule. Chicago’s first half at Allstate Arena was spread out over 115 days while their second half will be played in just 68, with seven home tilts in February and March and six in April.

6 – Home games with an attendance of 10,000-plus for the Wolves this season, with a seventh slated to come in this morning’s matinee. Three of these contests came in January, when Chicago welcomed 52,935 fans to games, including a season-most 16,280 on Saturday (highest since Feb. 25, 2006).

.850 – Chicago’s points percentage when scoring first, going 16-2-1-1 when it pots the opening tally. The Wolves’ percentage ranks second in the league behind Utica (.909).


Follow The Action

Today’s game begins at 11 a.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

3 JoelEdmundson

#3 Joel Edmundson
Defenseman

The return has cometh.   

After a lingering injury before the season even started, defenseman Joel Edmundson has returned to the lineup for the Chicago Wolves. In 64 games last season wearing the burgundy and gold, he tallied four goals and four assits with a +14 plus/minus rating and 108 penalty minutes. 

Edmundson may not be a scoring machine from the blue line, but he’s another smart player that John Anderson can mix back into his lineup. 

Mikhail Grigorenko

#25 Mikhail Grigorenko
Center

After a slow two months to start the season, Grigorenko has taken off since December 26.

The 20-year-old Russian has tallied three goals and eight assists in his last eight games. In the first five games of 2015, he recorded three goals and five assists, during which he captured his first AHL multi-goal game on Jan. 17 vs. San Antonio.  

The Wolves didn’t get much of a taste for Grigorenko back in November, as he was kept off the scoresheet and didn’t seem like he was comfortable just yet in the AHL game. He only played in nine AHL games prior to this season, but is catching his stride as of late.