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Tale of the Tape: Oct. 16


Friday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m. Allstate Arena

The Chicago Wolves certainly kicked off the 2015-16 season on the right skate — see what we did there — starting off the young campaign with a dominating 5-1 win over the Milwaukee Admirals in an Amtrak Rivalry contest.

Now, they’ll take on another squad who began the season with a W, as the Texas Stars make the first of their two visits to Chicago tonight. The Stars have swept the season series the past two years, extending their series win streak against Chicago to eight games.

The Wolves will look to put an end to a five-game losing streak against the Stars at Allstate Arena. It’s been a while since Chicago has celebrated a home-ice victory against Texas with the team’s last win against the Stars at Allstate dating back to Jan. 16, 2013 when they topped them 4-1.


By The Numbers

392: Head coach JOHN ANDERSON is in his 14th season with the Wolves and his 10th when the team has been part of the AHL. He owns 392 regular-season wins against AHL foes, which ranks fifth in league history.

4: The Wolves struck for four power play tallies in their season-opening win against Milwaukee — the team’s most since Nov. 27, 2010 when Chicago notched 5 against Grand Rapids.

6: Goaltender JORDAN BINNINGTON has started six straight games dating back to last year’s Western Conference quarterfinals series against Utica.


Follow The Action

Tonight’s game begins at 7 p.m. and can be seen on ABC 7 Chicago’s D2 Channel 7.2, as well as Xfinity (Ch. 217), WOW! (Ch. 219), RCN (Ch. 618), Charter (Ch. 608 and 196) and Mediacom (Ch. 723 and 102). 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.


Texas

Team Record: 1-0-0-0
Last Game: 5-4 OT W vs San Antonio (Oct. 10)
2015-16 Season Series: 0-0-0-0
Last Meeting: 6-2 Road Win (April 4)

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Team Record: 1-0-0-0
Last Game: 5-1 W vs Milwaukee (Oct. 10)
2015-16 Season Series: 0-0-0-0
Last Meeting: 6-2 Home Loss (April 4)

Player Spotlight

#23 Magnus Paajarvi – Left Wing

Productive Paajarvi. The 24-year-old winger, who was added to the Wolves’ roster on Oct. 5, quickly made his offensive presence felt during Chicago’s first game of the season. Paajarvi bolstered the offense, scoring the team’s first goal of the season, assisting on the game-winning goal and recording four shots on goal in the 5-1 win over Milwaukee.

Not too shabby. But it’s what the Wolves have come to expect from Paajarvi, who accumulated 29 points (11 goals, 18 assists) in 36 games last season, while also suiting up in 10 games for St. Louis.

Paajarvi was selected 10th overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. After spending one more season in his native season, he joined the Oilers at the age of 19. The date Oct. 16 has been kind to Paajarvi in the past, as he recorded his first NHL goal exactly five years ago today — on Oct. 16, 2010 — in just his fourth North American game.

Player Spotlight

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#19 Brendan Ranford – Left Wing

Brendan Ranford served as the spark plug for the Stars’ comeback victory over the San Antonio Rampage in Dallas’ first game of the season. After finding themselves down 3-1 after two periods, Ranford led the rally just over five minutes into the third period to pull the Stars within one.

He added his second goal of the night less than five minutes later to tie things up at 3 apiece and his teammate Devin Shore eventually tallied the overtime game-winner to lift the Stars to victory.

The 23-year-old was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, but went unsigned. Sanford signed a tryout contract with the Stars before the 2013-14 season, and became an integral part of the team, accumulating 33 points (12 goals, 21 assists) in 65 regular season games. Ranford led all rookies in scoring during the 2014 Calder Cup playoffs with 16 points (8 goals, 8 assists) in 21 playoff games. Ranford made his NHL debut with Dallas on Feb. 19.

 

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