Tale of the Tape: Dec. 8
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Tuesday, Dec. 8, 7 p.m. Wells Fargo Arena
Chicago begins a four-game road trip tonight at Wells Fargo Arena. The Wolves are winless in four straight road games (0-3-1-0) with their last road win occurring Nov. 12 at Manitoba.
Chicago is making its first appearance this season in Des Moines. JOHN ANDERSON’s team won all four games last season (outscoring the Wild 17-4) and has won six in a row at Wells Fargo dating to April 2014.
Chicago has also won its last five games and 10 of its last 11 encounters against Iowa going back to the 2013-14 season.
The Wolves look to make up ground in the Central Division race as they enter tonight’s contest in fourth place with a .575 winning percentage. Chicago has games in hand versus every team in the Central except for Grand Rapids. Iowa occupies eighth place in the Central, just percentage points behind Manitoba.
Chicago has scored 3+ goals just once in its last eight games. Conversely, the same feat was accomplished eight times in nine games to start the season.
By The Numbers
0: Penalty minutes for ZACH O’BRIEN (16 games) and EVAN TRUPP (13 games), the only Wolves who haven’t visited the sin bin this season.
4: The Wolves’ winless road streak (0-3-1-0) — longest of the season.
42: Number of shots Chicago recorded against Iowa on Nov. 22, a season-high total for the Wolves.
.888: The Wolves’ winning percentage (8-1-0-0) the past two seasons against Iowa.
Follow The Action
Tonight’s game begins at 7 p.m. and can 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: 10-7-1-2
Last Game: 3-2 SO L vs Milwaukee (Dec. 5)
2015-16 Season Series: 1-0-0-0
Last Meeting: 2-1 Home Win (Nov. 22)
Team Record: 4-17-1-3
Last Game: 3-1 L at Lake Erie (Dec. 4)
2015-16 Season Series: 0-1-0-0
Last Meeting: 2-1 Road Loss (Nov. 22)
ANDRE BENOIT has taken over the team scoring lead after compiling six points (G, 5A) in three games last week. The veteran defenseman owns two goals and 15 assists for 17 points.
BENOIT compiled three points in his Wolves debut on Oct. 10, and hasn’t let off the pedal since then, collecting points in 12 of 20 contests. He scored the team’s lone short-handed goal on Dec. 2 against Manitoba and paces the squad in power-play points (7).
The alternate captain is making a strong bid for All-Star team honors, ranking seventh in AHL defenseman scoring with the second-most assists (15) among blue liners.
ZACK MITCHELL’s rookie season is going to be hard to top, but that isn’t stopping the 22-year-old from trying. Last season, MITCHELL finished second on the team in goals and fourth overall in points.
He also paced all Iowa rookies in points while setting new team rookie records for goals, assists and points in a season. To top it all off, the Ontario native became only the second Wild player to appear in all 76 regular-season games.
He’s off to the races once again in his second year with the squad, leading the team in goals (7) and sharing the team lead for points (12).