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Tale of the Tape: March 1

The Wolves opened their season-long, seven-game homestand with a 3-2 overtime victory over Milwaukee on Feb. 11 and they close it 18 days later with another visit from the Admirals.

Sunday, March 1, 3 p.m.
Allstate Arena

MIL
Team Record: 29-17-4-4
Last Game: 0-4 L vs. Grand Rapids (Feb. 27)
2013-14 Season Series: 4-2-1-0
Last Meeting: 2-3 Road OTL (Feb. 11)
CHI
Team Record: 27-21-5-1
Last Game: 0-5 L vs. Grand Rapids (Feb. 28)
2013-14 Season Series: 3-2-2-0
Last Meeting: 3-2 Home OT Win (Feb. 11)

Storylines

  • The Wolves opened their season-long, seven-game homestand with a 3-2 overtime victory over Milwaukee on Feb. 11 and they close it 18 days later with another visit from the Admirals.

  • Milwaukee owns a slight edge in the Amtrak Rivalry competition with 9 points to Chicago’s 8, but the Wolves have taken the last two games.

  • The five Midwest Division teams boast the best collective winning percentage in the American Hockey League (.591), which means the Wolves must dig deep as they’re in the midst of a four-game stretch against Midwest Division rivals.

  • The four-game run got off to a slow start on Saturday night as division-leading Grand Rapids dealt the Wolves a 5-0 defeat, which marked the team’s largest losing margin of the season. The Wolves and Griffins closed out their eight-game regular-season series with identical 4-3-1 records.


By The Numbers

1K – When Wolves color analyst BILL GARDNER steps to the mic this afternoon, it will be his 1,000th regular-season broadcast since he joined Chicago’s TV team prior to the 2002-03 season. GARDNER also has handled eight seasons on the air in the NHL, which doesn’t include four years as a studio analyst for SportsChannel Chicago.

5 – The Wolves haven’t gone five straight games without a power-play goal since Feb. 11-24, 2012 (0 for 16). The team hasn’t gone six games in a row without a power-play goal since March 3-13, 2010 (0 for 12).

0 – Power-play goals for the Wolves — the league’s fourth-best PP team at 19.8 percent — in their last five games (0-for-15). This includes the Feb. 13 contest against Oklahoma City when the Wolves failed to draw a penalty for the only time in their 21-season history.


Follow The Action

Today’s game begins at 3 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

15 JeremyWelsh

#15 Jeremy Welsh
Center

Of all the forwards for the Wolves, Welsh has had the most success against the rivals to the north.   

In seven match-ups, the center is averaging a point per game with five goals and two assists. Two of the seven games featured multi-point performances from Welsh. His 27 points this season are a professional career high and he has only had one month where he tallied less than five points. 

In the three wins against Milwaukee, the Wolves are averaging over four goals scored per game. In their four losses, two have come in overtime and the others were by three per game. 

Kevin Fiala

#12 Kevin Fiala
Left Wing

The new Admirals forward from Swedish Hockey League is getting comfortable in his new league. 

After his first appearance on Jan. 21, he tallied just one assist in his first five games. Then, he caught fire and has recorded six goals and five assists in his 10 games since. Two of his last five have been multi-point performances and Milwaukee’s game against Grand Rapids on Friday night ended his four-game point streak. 

After losing one of their top scorers in center Brendan Leipsic, Fiala has filled in nicely as of late to keep the Admirals in the hunt for the Midwest Division.