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Tale of the Tape: April 4


Two seven-game streaks collide tonight as the Chicago Wolves host the Texas Stars for the final time in the regular season. The Wolves carry a season-high seven-game winning streak into the tilt while the Stars hold a seven-game winning streak against Chicago. The last time the Wolves defeated the Stars was on March 5, 2013, and the team is on the brink of back-to-back season series sweeps.

 

Saturday, April 4, 7 p.m.
Allstate Arena

TEX
Team Record:
 34-21-13-1
Last Game: 3-2 SOW vs. Milwaukee (April 3)
2014-15 Season Series: 3-0-0-0
Last Meeting: 3-0 Road Win (March 19)
 
CHI
Team Record: 36-25-6-1
Last Game: 4-2 W vs. Hamilton (April 2)
2014-15 Season Series: 0-3-0-0
Last Meeting: 0-3 Home Loss (March 19)

Storylines

  • Two seven-game streaks collide tonight as the Chicago Wolves host the Texas Stars for the final time in the regular season. The Wolves carry a season-high seven-game winning streak into the tilt while the Stars hold a seven-game winning streak against Chicago. The last time the Wolves defeated the Stars was on March 5, 2013, and the team is on the brink of back-to-back season series sweeps.

  • The last time the two teams met — a 3-0 win for the Stars on March 19 at Allstate Arena — the Wolves were mired in an offensive slump that saw them drop seven of nine games, suffer four shutouts, and stand on the outside looking in for the playoff chase. Since that tilt, the Wolves have gone 7-0-0-0, averaged 3.71 goals per game, and jumped back into the top eight seeds in the Western Conference.

  • The Wolves pulled off two big wins in Ontario this week to help solidify their spot in the standings and hold steady in seventh, but the team is far from comfortable with 16 days remaining in the season. Chicago will determine its own fate as the schedule features multiple matchups against other teams fighting for spots, including Texas tonight, Lake Erie on Tuesday, two more games against Milwaukee, and a season finale against Toronto on April 19.

  • Right wing SHANE HARPER joined the 30-goal club Thursday night at Hamilton, burying a pass from MAGNUS PAAJARVI to hit the milestone in his 68th game of the season. His achievement, combined with TY RATTIE’s 31 tallies in 2013-14, gives the Wolves a 30-plus goal scorer in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2006-07 (Darren Haydar, Brett Sterling) and 2007-08 (Jason Krog, Brett Sterling). His marker snapped a four-game streak without a goal for the sniper, his longest drought since November.


By The Numbers

5 – Years since the Wolves have strung together a winning streak this extensive. It is the longest since the 2009-10 squad put together an eight-game run from Feb. 9-21. 

13:34 – The time the Wolves have spent trailing during their seven-game winning streak. Chicago has played a total of 425:30 in the stretch but has been leading or tied for a heavy majority of it.

0 – Penalties the Wolves took Thursday at Hamilton, tying a franchise record for penalty minutes against. It was the fourth game in team history in which the Wolves skated without a penalty, but two have come this season (Jan. 21 at Grand Rapids, April 2 at Hamilton). 


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
Right Wing

Magnus Paajarvi had one of the best nights for a Chicago Wolves player since, ironically, Brett Sterling back on the same day in 2013. 

Paajarvi made it back-to-back games with a goal tallied, recording two of them along with two assists on Thursday night in Hamilton. While much of March for him was quiet, he included a hat trick on March 27 with a highlight-reel goal. Since being added right at the end of 2014, the 23-year-old has 23 points in 29 games with the Wolves.  

Being at the right place at the right time seems to be Paajarvi’s niche and is happening at the perfect time as the Wolves continue their hot streak.

Travis Moran

#23 Travis Morin
Center

The Stars’ leading scorer enters tonight’s game riding a two-game goal streak with his team on a two-game winning streak. 

In his three matchups with the Wolves this season, he hasn’t netted any goals, but has five assists. Texas has had their way with the Wolves this season, winning all three by a combined score of 11-6. Morin rared out of the gates for the Stars, scoring nine goals and 13 assists in 19 games to start the season. While he’s started April off with a goal in each game, his last two months have seen a combined three goals and 15 assists. 

Morin and the Stars are sitting just above the Wolves in the standings at 6th place, and both are hungry to continue moving up the rankings. Tonight will be a battle to the end with the Wolves trying to avenge their previous three losses to Texas.  

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