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Tale of the Tape: Feb. 21

After a defeat at the hands of the Grand Rapids Griffins on Sunday, the Chicago Wolves will look to use five days of rest to their advantage as they host the San Antonio Rampage tonight in the first game of a weekend doubleheader. 

Saturday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m.
Allstate Arena

SA
Team Record: 29-18-4-0
Last Game: 4-0 W vs. Rockford (Feb. 18)
2013-14 Season Series: 1-1-0-0
Last Meeting: 2-6 Home Loss (Dec. 9)
CHI
Team Record: 26-19-5-1
Last Game: 1-5 L vs. Grand Rapids (Feb. 15)
2013-14 Season Series: 1-1-0-0
Last Meeting: 6-2 Road Win (Dec. 9)

Storylines

  • After a defeat at the hands of the Grand Rapids Griffins on Sunday, the Chicago Wolves will look to use five days of rest to their advantage as they host the San Antonio Rampage tonight in the first game of a weekend doubleheader. 

  • It is the Rampage’s lone visit to Chicago this season and the second half of the squads’ season series, which they opened with a split at the AT&T Center in early December. The Wolves are in the midst of a season-high seven-game homestand while San Antonio enters the mid-portion of its season-high 11-game road trip.

  • The Wolves have points in six straight games when playing teams with more points in the standings, going 4-0-1-1 in that stretch against Rockford (four times), Milwaukee, and Oklahoma City. However the streak of defeating teams ranked above them in the standings ended with Sunday’s loss as the Griffins and Wolves were tied with 58 points apiece but Grand Rapids held a game in hand to sit one seed ahead.

  • Following a string of 10 contests in which Chicago averaged 3.3 goals per game, the Wolves have mustered just one goal in each of the past two tilts. Chicago eked out the 1-0 win over Oklahoma City on Friday, the first 1-0 win for the Wolves since Jan. 12, 2013, when MATT CLIMIE earned the shutout at Abbotsford. That victory marked the end of a stretch from Feb. 18, 2012 to Jan. 12, 2013, when five of the team’s six whitewashes came with a 1-0 score (three with CLIMIE in net).


By The Numbers

4 – Consecutive wins by the Wolves prior to Sunday’s loss. The four-game stretch matched the team’s longest of the season (Nov. 5-12).

.500 – Chicago’s points percentage in one-goal games this season (8-8-5-1). However, that record breaks down to 6-1-3-1 at home (.727) and 2-7-2-0 on the road (.272). Last season the team posted a 22-7-5-5 record (.692) in one-goal contests.

5 – Losses for the Wolves this season when scoring first, including Sunday, which marked the first time in 2014-15 that the team has scored first and lost by more than one goal. It was the club’s first regulation loss when scoring first since Dec. 3 at Lake Erie. Chicago owns the second-best points percentage in the league when opening scoring (.840, 20-3-1-1).


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

8 TyRattie

#8 Ty Rattie
Right Wing

The scoring carousel continues to go up and down and around for the Wolves, as it seems every week there is a new player with the hot hands.   

For a while, Ty Rattie was that player, starting the season with 13 goals and two assists and several point streaks. Since the end of November, Rattie has gone through phases, tallying just four goals and 10 assists in the last 24 games. While he served the end of January and beginning of February up in the big leagues, tonight will be a month to the day since he last tickled the twine. 

However, the last time Rattie recorded a multi-point game was also on Dec. 9 against tonight’s opponent — the San Antonio Rampage — when he totaled a goal and two assists in a 6-2 victory.

Mark Mancari

#26 Mark Mancari
Right Wing

The former Chicago Wolves forward makes his return to Allstate Arena in his first time back since being traded to San Antonio late last season. He won’t be the only one coming back to see old friends, as Rampage assistant coach Scott Allen who served as a Wolves assistant last season will also be in the house.

 

Through the first 44 games of the season last year, Mancari totaled nine goals and 22 assists for the Wolves. In his final 11 games with the Rampage, he tallied just two assists. But the 29-year-old has kept a steady pace to start 2014-15 with nine goals and 29 assists for the second-most points on the team.    

The veteran enjoyed his first meeting with the Wolves this season, finding the back of the net in one game before assisting on another in the second. There’s no doubt Mancari will be fired up tonight for this rematch back in Chicago.