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TALE OF THE TAPE: FEB. 11


Thursday, Feb. 11, 6:00 p.m. Quicken Loans Arena

With 30 games remaining in the regular season, no contest counts as a must-win. But with the Wolves chasing the Lake Erie Monsters (and the Charlotte Checkers) for a spot in the playoffs, a regulation win tonight would be particularly valuable for Chicago.

After Lake Erie’s 3-2 overtime win over the Wolves on Tuesday night, the Monsters moved into fourth place in the Central Division. While Lake Erie has played two more games than Chicago, the Monsters own 9 more points and stand 72 percentage points ahead of the Wolves in the standings.

Based on today’s standings, the Wolves are chasing the Monsters and the Checkers for the final spots in the Calder Cup Playoffs. 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 ended today, Lake Erie (.594) would claim the fourth and final spot in the Central Division while Charlotte (.574) would supplant Bakersfield (.535) for the fourth and final spot in the Pacific Division.

The Wolves have one advantage over the rest of the Central Division teams: They’re the only one that faces nothing but Central Division foes the rest of the way, so there’s a double benefit to each victory.

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.

By The Numbers

120: With 2 assists on Tuesday, PAT CANNONE pulled into a tie with Scott Pearson (1997-2000) for 20th place on the Wolves’ all- time scoring list at 120 points. Next on the list is Tim Bergland, who compiled 134 points from 1994-99.

4.5: Chicago didn’t dent the scoresheet on its five power-play opportunities Tuesday, which dropped its conversion rate to 4.5 percent (1 of 22) versus Lake Erie this season.

3: DANNY KRISTO had his third 2-goal game of the season on Tuesday, which is the most on the team..

Follow The Action

Today’s game begins at 6:00 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.


LakeErie

Team Record: 25-16-4-3
Last Game: 3-2 OT W vs Chicago (Feb. 9)
2015-16 Season Series: 4-1-0-0
Last Meeting: 3-2 Home Win (Feb. 9)

ChicagoWolves

Team Record: 22-20-2-2
Last Game: 3-2 OT L at Lake Erie (Feb. 9)
2015-16 Season Series: 1-3-1-0
Last Meeting: 3-2 Road Loss (Feb. 9)

Player Spotlight

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#18 TJ Tynan – Center

Terrific TJ. TJ Tynan has paced the Lake Erie Monsters all season long, leading his team in scoring with 27 points (3G, 24A) and seemingly making things happen every time the puck finds his stick.

The Orland Park native, who played collegiately at Notre Dame and was named an AHL All-Star this year, manages to remain a consistent playmaker despite his small size (5-foot-8, 165 pounds). He also led the team in scoring last season when he suited up for Springfield.

The Monsters’ win over the Wolves on Tuesday gave Lake Erie its first three-game winning streak since late November.

Player Spotlight

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#29 Danny Kristo – Right Wing  

 

Right wing DANNY KRISTO loves to play away from Allstate Arena. With 2 goals on Tuesday at Lake Erie, the Edina, Minn., native owns 14 goals and 10 assists in 23 road games. At home, he has produced 2 goals and 5 assists in 18 games.

Starting with the Wolves’ Jan. 12 game at Rockford, KRISTO has delivered 6 goals and 7 assists in the team’s last eight road games. The only game in which he didn’t score was the shutout on Jan. 29 at Rockford.

With that in mind, it makes sense that KRISTO’s biggest single-game performances also have taken place on the road. He contributed back-to-back overtime game- winner goals in San Antonio (Nov. 6 and Nov. 8), 2-goal efforts versus Rockford (Dec. 30) and Charlotte (Jan. 22) as well as Tuesday night, and a 3-assist game against Iowa (Jan. 26).

The former North Dakota product needs 4 goals and 9 points to reach the 20-goal, 40-point combo for a third straight AHL season, having accomplished the feat in back-to-back seasons with Hartford.

 

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