Tale of the Tape: Nov. 22
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Sunday, Nov. 22, 4 p.m. Allstate Arena
On the night of Thursday, Nov. 12, the Wolves earned a 5-3 victory at Manitoba that ran the team’s winning streak to six games. It also gave John Anderson his 750th win as a head coach and his 599th with the Wolves. Chicago also owned the best record in the Central Division and the Western Conference.
Since the calendar flipped to Friday, Nov. 13, the Wolves have gone 0-2-1 to encounter their first losing streak of the year and they’re still seeking Anderson’s 600th win with the franchise.
The latest loss came Saturday on Salute to Military Families Night, presented by Kia and Magellan, at Allstate Arena. Despite holding Grand Rapids to 16 shots — one shy of the franchise record — the Wolves suffered a 2-1 defeat.
Iowa comes to town to wrap up its second three-in-three weekend of the season. The Wild dropped 3-2 decisions to Lake Erie on Friday night and Saturday afternoon to extend their losing streak to nine games. The Wolves start their first three-in-three weekend on Friday.
By The Numbers
23: Number of days since the Wolves started the morning without leading the AHL’s Central Division. Chicago took control with a win over Manitoba on Oct. 30, but Saturday’s loss (coupled with wins by Lake Erie and Milwaukee) dropped the team into third.
+10: The Wolves still have the best goal differential in the Central Division at plus-10 (47-37). It’s tied for the third-best differential in the Western Conference.
1: Saturday’s 2-1 loss marked the first time this season the Wolves failed to score at least 2 goals.
24: Center SPENCER ASUCHAK celebrates his 24th birthday today.
Follow The Action
Today’s game begins at 4 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.
Team Record: 3-13-1-2
Last Game: 3-2 L vs Lake Erie (Nov. 21)
2015-16 Season Series: 0-0-0-0
Last Meeting: 1-0 Road Loss (April 12)
Team Record: 8-3-1-1
Last Game: 2-1 L vs Grand Rapids (Nov. 21)
2015-16 Season Series: 0-0-0-0
Last Meeting: 1-0 Home Win (April 12)
After being recalled by Minnesota on Nov. 17 and making his NHL debut Tuesday in Pittsburgh — recording one hit in 6:09 of ice time — MICHAEL KERANEN was reassigned to Iowa on Friday.
The Stockholm, Sweden, native has tallied 10 points (5G, 5A) including two power-play goals and eight penalty minutes in 15 games with the Wild this season. KERANEN has paced Iowa offensively this season, leading the team in goals and assists while tied for third with 39 shots.
The 6-foot-2, 170-pound forward put up 37 points (10G, 27A) last season with the Wild, which was good enough to rank first on the team in assists and tied for second in scoring.
Center Jeremy Welsh was reassigned to the Wolves by the St. Louis Blues (NHL) on Saturday morning. The move was made early enough that Welsh had seven hours to get from St. Louis to Allstate Arena for Saturday night’s game, but that wasn’t enough thanks to Chicago’s largest snowfall in 120 years.
The 27-year-old Bayfield, Ontario, native hopped a 11:30 flight from St. Louis to O’Hare, but it was rerouted to Moline. After a few hours’ delay, Welsh’s flight arrived at O’Hare by 4 p.m. But with no gates open, his flight sat on the runway two more hours and he couldn’t get to Allstate Arena until game time. He wound up being scratched from the lineup, but should be good to go today.
WELSH has posted 5 goals and 3 assists in 11 games for the Wolves. He has notched 4 goals in his last five AHL appearances.