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Tale of the Tape: Oct. 30


Friday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m. Allstate Arena

Home is where the Chicago Wolves wins are. The Wolves have taken advantage of a heavy home schedule during the first month of the 2015-16 season, claiming six out of a possible eight points at Allstate Arena while outscoring opponents 20-13 for a +7 goal margin.

The Wolves will attempt to secure four more points on home ice against Manitoba this weekend before heading off on a five-game road trip that begins Nov. 6. As a result of the team’s strong start, Chicago stands tied atop the Central Division standings with 7 points and a .700 winning percentage.

The Wolves are getting the job done at both ends of the ice. JOHN ANDERSON’s squad leads the AHL in scoring, averaging 4.60 goals per game, while defensively the team is holding opponents to under 25 shots a good, which is good for fourth best in the league.


By The Numbers

5: The number of Wolves players in 22 seasons who have worn CODY BEACH’s No. 20 jersey number. 

19: The age of center IVAN BARBASHEV, the youngest player on the Wolves roster. The Moscow, Russia, native turns 20 on Dec. 14.

24.6: The Wolves are allowing just 24.6 shots per game, which ranks fourth in the AHL.

1,699: The number of days since the Moose last played the Wolves.


Follow The Action

Today’s game begins at 3 p.m. and can be seen on WCIU The U Too. (channel listings can be found here) 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.


Manitoba

Team Record: 1-4-1-1
Last Game: 3-2 W vs Milwaukee (Oct. 29)
2015-16 Season Series: 0-0-0-0
Last Meeting: 3-2 Road Loss (March 6, 2011)

ChicagoWolves

Team Record: 3-1-0-1
Last Game: 3-0 W vs Charlotte (Oct. 25)
2015-16 Season Series: 0-0-0-0
Last Meeting: 3-2 Home Win (March 6, 2011)

Player Spotlight

Manitoba

#8 Brenden Kichton – Defenseman

The Manitoba Moose, who finally earned their elusive first win of the season Thursday night vs. Milwaukee, haven’t had much to cheer about in the beginning of the 2015-16 campaign, but the play of third-year defenseman BRENDEN KICHTON has helped lift some spirits.

The Alberta native has provided offense to a team that has severely lacked scoring, providing six points in seven games, which is good enough to lead the team in scoring. Kichton added the eventual game winner in the second period against the Admirals last night to lead his squad to their first victory after dropping their first six in a row.

KICHTON led all rookie defensemen in scoring with 48 points during the 2013-14 season, being named to the AHL All-Rookie Team.

Player Spotlight

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#29 Danny Kristo – Right Wing

DANNY KRISTO is stepping up in a big way. Coming off back-to-back 20-goal campaigns with Hartford (AHL), it’s no surprise that the winger has found his scoring touch with the Wolves.

With the departure of leading scorer TY RATTIE (recalled by St. Louis), KRISTO stepped in with a four-point weekend and now shares team scoring honors with eight points (3G, 5A) in five games. The Minnesota native owns a four-game point streak, which includes three straight multiple-point efforts.

KRISTO also reached an AHL milestone last week, reaching 100 career points with 50 goals and 50 assists.

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