Tale of the Tape: Nov. 27
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Friday, Nov. 27, 7:00 p.m. MetroCentre
The Chicago Wolves look to even their season series against the Rockford IceHogs this Friday at the MetroCentre in round two of the Illinois Lottery Cup rivalry. The IceHogs claimed the series opener on Oct. 23 with a 4-3 shootout win in Rockford.
The Wolves are winless in their last three (0-1-1) visits to Rockford. The team’s last win occurred Jan. 19, 2015 (a 4-1 decision). Tonight’s contest marks the start of three games in three days for the Wolves, marking the busiest 72 hours of the season thus far. The team has three more three-in-threes slated for this season (Jan. 15-17, Feb. 26-28, March 18-20).
Chicago is coming off a 2-1 win over Iowa on Nov. 22, signaling a milestone for head coach JOHN ANDERSON. ANDERSON became the fifth coach in the AHL’s 80-year history to reach 400 regular-season wins while also logging his 600th regular-season victory with the Wolves.
Chicago enters tonight’s tilt having earned points in 11 of 14 games, including five of six road games. The Wolves are 3-1-1-1 on the road this season and are dead-even in scoring (21 goals for, 21 goals against.)
By The Numbers
0: The number of penalties IVAN BARBASHEV has taken in his first professional season.
3.5: The Wolves have an identical scoring average at home and on the road, averaging 3.5 goals per game.
42: Chicago’s season-high shot total from a 2-1 win over Iowa on Sunday. It was the most shots by the Wolves since March 22, 2015 (48 in a 4-1 win at Oklahoma City)
73: The distance in miles separating Illinois Lottery Cup rivals, Chicago and Rockford.
Follow The Action
Today’s game begins at 7:00 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 computer can follow @Chicago_Wolves or @ChiWolvesLive on Twitter for live in-game play-by-play.
Team Record: 9-3-1-1
Last Game: 2-1 W vs Iowa (Nov. 22)
2015-16 Season Series: 0-0-0-1
Last Meeting: 4-3 Road SO Loss (Oct. 23)
Team Record: 11-4-1-0
Last Game: 3-2 W vs San Antonio (Nov. 25)
2015-16 Season Series: 1-0-0-0
Last Meeting: 4-3 Home SO Win (Oct. 23)
After missing the first chunk of the season due to three broken bones in his face caused by an inadvertent goalie stick during a preseason game, ERIAH HAYES is finding his way with the Chicago Wolves.
HAYES recorded a couple of “firsts” last week. It started with the removal of his helmet cage and was followed by his first goal in a Wolves uniform. HAYES also finished with 11 shots in three games.
HAYES has shown a penchant for crashing the net, using his 6-foot-4, 210-pound frame to create scoring opportunities. He spent the past two seasons dividing time between San Jose (NHL) and Worcester (AHL).
Rockford IceHogs defenseman Erik Gustafasson powered his squad past San Antonio Wednesday night, tallying his first career AHL goal 3:52 into overtime to give Rockford the 3-2 win.
The 23-year-old blue liner, playing in his first season in North America, made his NHL debut earlier this year with the Chicago Blackhawks.
GUSTAFSSON impressed with six solid performances with the club, accumulating three assists and a plus-five rating, but was reassigned from the AHL following MICHAL ROZSVIAL’s return from injury.