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Tale of the Tape: Dec. 4

Friday, Dec. 4, 6 p.m. Van Andel Arena

Chicago makes its first visit to Van Andel Arena tonight, taking on a red-hot Grand Rapids squad that has won six straight games. The Wolves are winless (0-2-1-0) in their last three road contests.

The Wolves are coming off their second-highest goal total of the season, an 8-2 win over Manitoba on Wednesday at Allstate Arena. JOHN ANDERSON’s team is 5-2-1-1 in games following a win.

The Griffins lost seven of eight games to start the season, but have since managed to reach the .500 mark and are coming off the team’s most successful November (7-2-0-1) in 10 years.

Chicago went 3-1-0-0 last season at Van Andel, finishing with a 14-13 edge in goal scoring. The Wolves will always have a fond spot for Van Andel Arena — the site of Chicago’s Turner Cup-clinching win in 2000.

Starting tonight, Chicago plays five of its next six games on the road. The team’s lone home game during that stretch is tomorrow night against Milwaukee.

By The Numbers

4 (+): Three Wolves finished with a +4 plus/minus rating in Wednesday’s game: SPENCER ASUCHAK, JACOB DOTY, and YANNICK VEILLEUX. 

12: ANDRE BENOIT paces the Wolves with 12 assists on the season. He’s looking to become the first defenseman to lead the team in helpers since Greg Hagwood in 2003-04.

35: Saves recorded by PHEONIX COPLEY on Wednesday — the second-highest total this season for a Wolves goaltender.

.875: The Wolves’ winning percentage this season when scoring first (7-1-0-0).

Follow The Action

Tonight’s game begins at 6 p.m. and can be seen on WCIU The U. 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.