TALE OF THE TAPE: FEB. 9
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Tuesday, Feb. 9, 6:00 p.m. Quicken Loans Arena
Tonight’s contest marks the first of four road games this week for the Wolves, who will stay in Cleveland for a Thursday encounter against the Monsters before moving on to Manitoba over the weekend.
The Wolves have eight road wins this season, with half of them occurring over the last six games when the team is 4-2-0-0.
This week’s road trip concludes a stretch of games (from Jan. 17 to Feb. 14) that has the Wolves playing 10 of 12 away from home.
PAT CANNONE and YANNICK VEILLEUX have excelled against Lake Erie during their Wolves career. CANNONE owns 11 points (3G, 8A) in 14 games over three seasons, while VEILLEUX has stockpiled 9 points (4G, 5A) in 10 games, including a team-high 4 points this season.
The mid-week, two-game series with Lake Erie takes on added importance for the Wolves, who are chasing the Monsters for a possible “crossover” playoff spot. The new AHL playoff qualification format allows the fifth-place team from the Central Division to take the place of the fourth-place team from the Pacific Division if it owns a superior points percentage. If the season were to end today, Lake Erie (.585) would edge out San Jose (.535) for the final spot in the Pacific’s intradivisional playoffs.
By The Numbers
3: Points needed by PAT CANNONE to break into the Top 20 on the Wolves’ all-time scoring list.
5.8: Chicago’s power-play percentage (1-for-17) versus Lake Erie this season.
13: The Wolves’ shot differential (37-24) in a 5-1 loss to Iowa on Saturday. It was the second-largest shot margin that didn’t go in the Wolves’ favor this season, second only to a +23 differential (50-27) in a 5-2 setback at Texas on Jan. 9.
Follow The Action
Today’s game begins at 7:00 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: 24-16-4-3
Last Game: 4-1 W at Charlotte (Feb. 6)
2015-16 Season Series: 3-1-0-0
Last Meeting: 4-2 Road Win (Jan. 16)
Team Record: 22-20-1-2
Last Game: 5-1 L vs Iowa (Feb. 6)
2015-16 Season Series: 1-3-0-0
Last Meeting: 4-2 Home Loss (Jan. 16)
You can’t miss Oleg Yevenko when he’s out on the ice. The 6-foot-7, 235-pound Lake Erie defenseman looks true to his team’s moniker when he’s out there and he’s certainly using his size to his advantage this season.
The rookie currently ranks tied for second in the AHL with 122 penalty minutes, tied for third with 10 fighting majors and third with 21 minor penalties this year.
The Belarus native played four full seasons with UMass-Amherst where he was an alternate captain his senior season and ranked second in the conference with 89 blocked shots. The undrafted blue liner played two preseason games with Columbus before being sent to the Monsters’ training camp.
Perhaps no one on the Wolves squad enjoys playing on the road more than DANNY KRISTO, who leads the team with 22 road points (12G, 10A) in 22 games. The numbers show that 76 percent of KRISTO’s points (22 of 29) have been produced on the road, as well as 12 of his 14 goals.
Not surprisingly, KRISTO’s biggest single-game performances also have taken place on the road. There were back-to-back overtime game-winners in San Antonio (Nov. 6 and Nov. 8), two-goal efforts versus Rockford (Dec. 30) and Charlotte (Jan. 22), and a three-assist game against Iowa (Jan. 26).
The former North Dakota product needs six more goals and 11 points to reach the 20-goal, 40-point plateaus for a third straight AHL season, having accomplished the feat in back-to-back seasons with Hartford.