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Tale of the Tape: Feb. 13

Tonight Chicago welcomes league-leading Oklahoma City to Allstate Arena. The Wolves and Barons have not faced off against each other in more than 14 months since completing their season series in early December in 2013-14.

Friday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m.
Allstate Arena

OKC
Team Record: 30-11-3-3
Last Game: 3-2 W vs. Texas (Feb. 8)
2013-14 Season Series: 2-1-0-1
Last Meeting: 4-5 Road SO Loss (Dec. 8, 2013)
CHI
Team Record: 25-18-5-1
Last Game: 3-2 OT W vs. Milwaukee (Feb. 11)
2013-14 Season Series: 2-2-0-0
Last Meeting: 5-4 Home SO Win (Dec. 8, 2013)

Storylines

  • Tonight Chicago welcomes league-leading Oklahoma City to Allstate Arena. The Wolves and Barons have not faced off against each other in more than 14 months since completing their season series in early December in 2013-14.

  • The Chicago Wolves looked to be outgunned against Milwaukee on Wednesday as, despite taking an early 1-0 lead, they surrendered two goals to the Admirals to trail going into the first intermission. The Wolves rallied, however, to tie the score in the second period and completed the comeback in overtime as PAT CANNONE deposited a goal top-shelf 3-on-3 to extend the team’s winning streak to three.

  • It is Chicago’s third time this season stringing together at least three wins in a row and first time since Dec. 21-26, handing Milwaukee just its third loss in its last 16 contests. After a bumpy December (4-6-1-0) and .500 January, the Wolves are 6-3-1-0 in their last 10 and have won four of their last five.

  • The Wolves have points in five straight games when playing teams ranked above them in the standings, going 3-0-1-1 in that stretch and all in tilts against Midwest Division opponents.


By The Numbers

4 – Games the Wolves have won when trailing after the first period, including Wednesday’s win when they faced a 2-1 deficit after 20 minutes. Prior to Wednesday, the Wolves had not come back from an opening-frame deficit since Dec. 9 at San Antonio. Chicago has yet to rally when trailing in the second intermission this season (0-17-2-1).

19 – Wins for the Wolves when scoring first, a feat they have accomplished in every tilt of their three-game winning streak. The points percentage of .870 (19-2-1-1) trails only Utica (.875).

29 – Percent success rate for the Wolves’ power play in the team’s last 10 games, going 10-for-35 in that stretch. After finishing 30th last season (43-for-342, 12.6 percent), Chicago ranks second in the AHL at 21.5 percent (41-for-191) through 48 games this year. The Barons also have a lethal power play, clocking in at a fifth-ranked 19.1 percent (37-for-194).


Follow The Action

Today’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

9 ShaneHarper

#9 Shane Harper
Right Wing

It was only last week we were talking about Shane Harper and his point streak. Here we are three games later and it’s still going.   

With the primary assist on the overtime game-winner by Pat Cannone, Harper extended his point streak to 10 games and tied the AHL season high. He’s recorded seven goals and seven assists in those games with two game-winning tallies and three power-play goals. The California kid is also the first Wolves player to record a 10-game point streak since Andrew Ebbett from Dec. 30, 2012 to March 9, 2013. 

One more goal or assist by Harper and he’ll set an AHL point-streak record for this season. It’ll also help extend the three-game winning streak the team is currently on against the top dog in the league.  

Richard Bachman

#32 Richard Bachman
Goaltender

As one of a few teams with two 14-win netminders, the Oklahoma City Barons are fortunate to have a six-year AHL veteran with playoff experience and over 30 NHL starts.

Before his most recent game — where he gave up five goals in a loss to San Antonio — Bachman had won his past seven starts and given up just nine goals. He posted two shutouts during that time in mid-January as the Barons climbed their way to the top of the AHL’s standings. 

The Wolves offense hasn’t missed a beat over the last 11 games, averaging over three goals per game. They’ll need to continue that to keep their winning streak alive and beat the AHL Western Conference All-Star.