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Tale of the Tape: April 1

 Despite being in the final three weeks of the season, the Wolves are seeing an opponent for the first time tonight. Chicago and Toronto have not faced off since the Marlies completed the second-round Calder Cup playoff sweep of the Wolves on May 16, 2014, 10-and-a-half months ago.

 

Wednesday, April 1, 6 p.m.
Ricoh Coliseum

TOR
Team Record:
 32-25-9-0
Last Game: 4-3 W vs. Rochester (March 29)
2014-15 Season Series: 0-0-0-0
Last Meeting: 4-0 Home Win (May 16, Semifinals Game 4)
 
CHI
Team Record: 34-25-6-1
Last Game: 3-2 W vs. Iowa (March 29)
2014-15 Season Series: 0-0-0-0
Last Meeting: 0-4 Road Loss (May 16, Semifinals Game 4)

Storylines

  • Despite being in the final three weeks of the season, the Wolves are seeing an opponent for the first time tonight. Chicago and Toronto have not faced off since the Marlies completed the second-round Calder Cup playoff sweep of the Wolves on May 16, 2014, 10-and-a-half months ago.

  • Chicago jumped from No. 11 to No. 7 in the Western Conference over the weekend, but were bumped to No. 8 after Milwaukee’s overtime loss to Lake Erie last night. Texas (78 points/67 games), Milwaukee (76/69), Chicago (75/66), Hamilton (75/68), Toronto (73/66), Adirondack (72/66), and Lake Erie (72/67) are in a logjam from Nos. 6-12.

  • The Chicago Wolves capped off last week’s three-in-three with a win over Iowa. The victory completed the sweep of a back-to-back-to-back set for the first time since Jan. 6-8, 2012, and pushed the team’s winning streak to a season-high five games. This week they embark on their lone trip to Canada this season as they face Toronto and Hamilton before returning home to host Texas, all three of which are firmly entrenched in the Western Conference playoff race.

  • While the postseason did not go their way, the Wolves enjoy a slight edge during the regular season with a 13-6-1-4 all-time record. Chicago has won five of the last six regular-season matchups in Toronto.


By The Numbers

.429 – The Wolves’ record in games on April Fools’ Day (2-3-1-1), with all but one on the road (2-3-1-0). This includes one tilt between Chicago and Toronto, who faced off April 1, 2006, a 5-3 win for the Wolves.

.625 – The Wolves’ points percentage (7-34-1-0) in March, their first month above .600 since November.

7 – Of Chicago’s last 10 one-goal games that it has won (7-2-1-0), turning around a 2-6-2-1 mark in the previous 10 one-goal tilts.


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

Colton Parayko

#36 Colton Parayko 
Defenseman

After spending the initial span of his hockey season finishing his senior season with the University of Alaska – Fairbanks, Colton Parayko has slid right into the Wolves lineup without a hiccup like he had been here all season. 

The 21-year-old blueliner tallied six goals and 17 assists in 34 Western Collegiate Hockey Association games to start the year, and has quickly recorded two goals, an assist and a +5 plus-minus rating for the Wolves in seven games. Besides blowing up shins and goaltenders with his slapper, Parayko has been tossed right into the power-play unit and buried his first special teams’ goal on Sunday against Iowa.

Prior to the addition of Bell and Parayko, there had only been six goals scored by defensemen since the start of 2015. The savvy veteran and spry rookie have combined for three goals in March alone.

Greg McKegg

#9 Greg McKegg
Center

Like the Wolves, the Toronto Marlies are making a late push towards a playoff position. Heading into tonight’s game, the Marlies are two points behind the Wolves, Hamilton Bulldogs and Milwaukee Admirals — who sit 7th through 9th with 75 points.  

The Marlies have won six of their last 10 and McKegg has been one of a few on fire as of late. Over the last five games, the 22-year-old is averaging a goal per game along with six assists. After totaling just seven goals and eight assists through December, McKegg has turned up his game down the stretch, recording 12 goals and six assists.

McKegg is far and away from the top scorer for the Marlies, but his contribution as of late is all they need to make a run towards the postseason.