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Tale of the Tape: Feb. 6

Tonight’s Chicago Wolves game at Charlotte is not being televised. To watch or listen tonight, please go to AHLLive.com. The Wolves return to The U-Too on Feb. 11 against Milwaukee. Follow live play-by-play on Twitter at @ChiWolvesLive.

Friday, Feb. 6, 6 p.m.
Time Warner Cable Arena

CHA
Team Record: 16-23-5-1
Last Game: 0-4 L vs. Texas (Jan. 31)
Season Series: 1-1-0-0
Last Meeting: 2-1 OT Road Win (Oct. 12)
CHI
Team Record: 22-18-5-1
Last Game: 2-3 L vs. Rochester (Feb. 3)
Season Series: 1-0-1-0
Last Meeting: 1-2 OT Home Loss (Oct. 12)

Storylines

  • This will be the first time that the Wolves and Checkers will meet since October, when Chicago hosted a doubleheader at Allstate Arena as the teams split a pair of 2-1 decisions. Six of the teams’ last 10 tilts overall have ended 2-1, with Chicago capturing five of those (5-0-1-0).

  • The Wolves swept both games in Charlotte last season and hold a three-game win streak at Time Warner Cable Arena dating back to 2012-13, all by a score of 2-1. Chicago will be looking for similar results this year as the four points could help the team get back into playoff contention after being knocked out of the eighth seed following Tuesday’s loss.

  • The Chicago Wolves will look to rebound from Tuesday’s loss to Rochester and snap a season-high-tying three-game road losing streak as they travel to Charlotte for a doubleheader against the Checkers. After stringing together three consecutive wins away from their own barn, the Wolves have dropped their last trio of road tilts by one goal apiece. 

  • The back-to-back will be the team’s only games outside of Rosemont in February, closing out the month and moving into March with a season-high seven-game homestand.


By The Numbers

3 – Consecutive home games in which the Wolves have welcomed 15,000-plus fans, the second time in franchise history to achieve that feat. The other instance came from March 11-19, 1995, during the team’s inaugural season.

+13 – Chicago’s goal differential in the third period. While last season and up until recently this season the Wolves have posted their strongest play in the second period (+11), the numbers have shifted to support the final frame.

1 – Team in the AHL that holds a perfect record when leading after both the first and second period: the Wolves, who are 11-0-0-0 when leading after one and 19-0-0-0 when leading after two.


Follow The Action

Tonight’s game begins at 6 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

There’s being on fire, and then there’s Shane Harper right now.   

The California kid is on a seven-game point streak, which is good for second-longest in the league currently. Entangled amongst that streak, he also is riding a six-game road point streak, which is tied atop the league with three other players. During this seven-game run, he’s tallied four goals and five assists. Harper’s 11 points in January — seven goals and four assists — totaled his best scoring month of his AHL career since recording eight back in November.

Many wondered where the scoring would come from once Ty Rattie got the call to the big show, but Harper continues to silence those questions with his play as of late. 

Chad LaRose

#59 Chad LaRose
Right Wing

The Checkers offense has been stimied for most of the season, currently tied for the fewest goals scored in the AHL along with the Toronto Marlies (97). They’re the only two teams with fewer than 100 goals scored. 

That hasn’t stopped LaRose from finding the back of the net, as he sits in second for goals scored and leads Charlotte in points as the only palyer to have double-digit numbers in both goals and assists. In six of his last seven games, he’s recorded at least a goal or an assist, alternating in each game consistently. Texas most recently held him along with every other Checker off the scoresheet in a shutout.

Both of these teams are different from what they were when they met during the first two games of the season. This series will tell who has changed for the better and who has not.