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Tale of the Tape: March 28

The team looks to bring its winning ways home with it as a reversal of fortune after dropping its last three at Allstate Arena. Eight of Chicago’s final 12 games this season are in its own barn. 

 

Saturday, March 28, 7 p.m.
Allstate Arena

MIL
Team Record:
 32-25-5-5
Last Game: 4-8 L vs. Chicago (March 27)
2014-15 Season Series: 4-4-1-0
Last Meeting: 4-8 Home Loss (March 27)
 
CHI
Team Record: 32-25-6-1
Last Game: 8-4 W vs. Milwaukee (March 27)
2014-15 Season Series: 5-2-2-0
Last Meeting: 8-4 Road Win (March 27)

Storylines

  • The Chicago Wolves racked up a season-high eight goals last night as they closed out a perfect 3-0-0-0 road trip with a win at Milwaukee. It was the most goals by the team since Jan. 5, 2011 (9, versus Toronto).

  • The team looks to bring its winning ways home with it as a reversal of fortune after dropping its last three at Allstate Arena. Eight of Chicago’s final 12 games this season are in its own barn. 

  • The Wolves improved their playoff positioning with the win, but are far from being comfortable this late in the season. The squad jumped to No. 9 last night with 71 points in 64 games, trailing Milwaukee (74/67) and Hamilton (73/67) in the final spots but ahead of Toronto (71/64 – tiebreaker is ROW), Adirondack (70/65), and Lake Erie (68/65). By points percentage, the Wolves (.555) are 7th in the Western Conference and are tied with Toronto for most games remaining this season (12).

  • With their victory in Milwaukee last night, the Wolves took a 12-9 points lead in the season series and could clinch the Amtrak Rivalry trophy with a regulation win tonight. Any win, regulation or otherwise, would give them a share of the title.


By The Numbers

700 – Regular-season AHL games behind the bench for JOHN ANDERSON. The head coach, who is celebrating his 58th birthday today, has spent all 700 games with the Wolves (2001-08, 2013-present), posting a 382-231-24-62 (W-L-T-OT/SOL) record since the team joined the league from the IHL.

.650 – The Wolves’ points percentage (6-3-1-0) this season when playing three games in three days. This is Chicago’s fourth of six three-in-threes. The team has not played one since Dec. 20-22 but now play three in the final four weeks of the season, including this weekend (March 27-29, April 10-12, April 17-19). They play at least one game against Milwaukee in each of those.

12 – Goals for the Wolves in their last two games, only two fewer than they had tallied combined (14) in all eight previous games this month.


Follow The Action

Tonight’s game begins at 7 p.m. and can be seen on WCIU The U (channel 26). 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

Magnus Paajarvi

#23 Magnus Paajarvi 
Left Wing

Paajarvi had a career night full of highlight reel goals and gleaming smiles from the bench. 

After opening up the scoring for the Wolves on a beautiful tic-tac-toe feed from Pat Cannone — who just returned from injury — and Shane Harper, Paajarvi made one of the best goals scored all season. After a shot on net ricocheted off of Mazanec and fluttered straight out in the air, Paajarvi maintained vision of the puck just inside the left circle. He wound up and slapped the puck about six inches off the ice straight into the shortside corner past Mazanec for his second goal of the night. The play not only got him No. 2 on the Sportscenter’s Top 10 plays of the night, but also won him the Fox Sports One #TheOne, which is given to the best play of the night in sports.

Of course he didn’t stop there, as he would bury an empty netter just before the end of the game for his first professional hat trick. It was his first goal(s) since Feb. 13. 

Eric Robinson

#19 Eric Robinson
Forward

Freshly off his final collegiate season with Dartmouth University, Eric Robinson has jumped right into the midst of a playoff race with  Milwaukee. 

He’s played in just four games with the Admirals, and tallied his first professional goal last night along with three shots on goal — his most in those four games. The rookie put himself in great position while sharing a line with veterans Mark Van Guilder and Richard Clune. Robinson is hard to miss on the ice for a forward, standing at 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, and he hasn’t wasted any time in getting his name on the scoresheet.

With the loss of Brendan Leipsic to trade and Viktor Arviddson to a call up by Nashville, Robinson could fill a crucial role for the Admirals as they continue to make a playoff push.