TALE OF THE TAPE: FEB. 13
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Saturday, Feb. 13, 2:00 p.m. MTS Centre
Chicago arrives north of the border to close out a 4-game road swing this weekend in Winnipeg. This weekend’s series marks Chicago’s last visit to the MTS Centre for the regular season.
With just 29 games left in the season, the Wolves are in needs of wins to contend for a playoff spot. If the season were to end today, the Wolves would be on the outside looking in based on their .511 points percentage.
Manitoba is the team the Wolves have experienced the most success against this season, winning 5 of 6 games (5-0-1-0) for a .916 win percentage. Chicago has earned points in all 6 games, with their lone loss coming in overtime on Nov. 13. The Wolves have out-scored the Moose, 24-10, winning by a margin of 2-or-more goals each time.
The Moose posted their biggest win of the season last Saturday (Feb. 6), downing league-leader Toronto, 6-5, on Nick Petan’s overtime goal.
The Wolves have fared well on Canadian soil in recent years, compiling a 7-1 record in regular season play over the last 3 seasons. This includes road wins at Toronto and Hamilton (2013-14, 2014-15) and Abbotsford (2013-14) in addition to a split against Manitoba in mid-November.
By The Numbers
47: Rookie defenseman JORDAN SCHWALTZ is the only player to appear in all 47 games this season. He is looking to become the first Wolves player since Jordan Schroeder in 2011-12 to play in every regular season game.
55: Days since Manitoba and Chicago last met on Dec. 21 at the Allstate Arena (a 4-1 Wolves win).
92.8: The Wolves’ penalty-kill percentage (26-for-28) this season against the Moose.
Follow The Action
Today’s game begins at 2:00 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: 12-27-3-5
Last Game: 7-6 SO L vs Iowa (Feb. 10)
2015-16 Season Series: 1-5-0-0
Last Meeting: 4-1 Road Loss (Dec. 21)
Team Record: 22-21-2-2
Last Game: 5-0 L at Lake Erie (Feb. 9)
2015-16 Season Series: 5-0-1-0
Last Meeting: 4-1 Home Win (Dec. 21)
On throwback night at the MTS Centre, the Manitoba Moose will get a boost in net. The team recently announced Connor Hellebuyck has been reassigned to the AHL squad from Winnipeg.
The 22-year-old played 26 games with the Jets this season, going 13-11-1 with a 2.34 goals against average and a .918 save percentage.
The Commerce, Michigan native played 10 games for the Moose earlier this season registering a 2.41 goals against average and a .927 save percentage.
The team will be wearing throwback jersey’s from the 1996 season and the game will feature some other surprises during the retro game.
The Wolves have spent most of the season platooning JORDAN BINNINGTON and PHEONIX COPLEY in goal. With COPLEY currently in St. Louis, BINNINGTON has taken over the No. 1 spot, starting the last 4 games.
BINNINGTON, who stands ninth place in career games played for Wolves goaltenders (69), carries a 10-9-3 record into today’s game, along with a 2.81 goals-against average and a .904 saves percentage.
Also available for netminding duties is NIKLAS LUNDSTROM, who look solid last Saturday in a relief appearance, stopping 12 of 13 shots in 43:14 of action against Iowa. LUNDSTROM earned his first and only start of the season Jan. 23 at Charlotte.