TALE OF THE TAPE: MARCH 30
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Wednesday, March 30, 7:00 p.m. Allstate Arena
Chicago closes another chapter with Rockford tonight in the final regular season encounter for 2015-16. Tonight’s contest marks the 100th meeting all-time, and only 3 wins separate the teams in a rivalry that has spanned 9 seasons.
The Wolves have won 2 straight in the series after recording a weekend sweep on March 18-19. Chicago posted a 4-1 win at Allstate Arena and followed with its first win of the season at the MetroCenter the next night behind DANNY KRISTO’s overtime game-winner.
This year’s series has produced its share of physicality with the teams combining for 170 penalty and 558 penalty minutes. The Dec. 19 encounter alone, generated 35 total penalties for 132 PIMs. At other times, the series has been more civil – only 6 total penalties for 12 PIMs during the Jan. 30 meeting and just 7 penalties on Jan. 2 and March 18.
In terms of career scoring, PAT CANNONE and TY RATTIE have experienced the most success against the IceHogs. CANNONE has collected 20 points (5G, 15A) in 31 games and RATTIE has stockpiled 17 points (7G, 10A) in 29 contests.
By The Numbers
19: With a win tonight, the Wolves can match their home win total of a season ago (19). The Burgundy and Gold are 18-13-1-1 (.576) at home this year after compiling a 19-15-3-1 (.553) mark last season at Allstate Arena.
44: The number of players who have worn the Wolves jersey this season – the most since the 2012-13 season when 47 players appeared in a game.
.778: The Wolves’ winning percentage when scoring the game’s first goal, based on a 20-5-2-0 record.
Follow The Action
Today’s game begins at 7:00 p.m. and can be seen on WCIU The U Too as well as 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: 30-30-5-3
Last Game: 2-1 W at Iowa (March 26)
2015-16 Season Series: 5-5-0-1
Last Meeting: 4-3 OT Road Win (March 19)
Team Record: 35-19-8-4
Last Game: 5-1 L at Lake Erie (March 26)
2015-16 Season Series: 6-2-3-0
Last Meeting: 4-3 OT Home Loss (March 19)
While JEREMY WELSH and TY RATTIE have skated a good portion of the season together, the addition of EVAN TRUPP to the line has seen all 3 players thrive offensively.
TRUPP is riding a 3-game point streak, coming off a goal and assist in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Iowa. Four of TRUPP’s 7 goals this year have occurred within the last 10 games, including a 2-goal showing March 18 against Rockford.
RATTIE is averaging a point per game over his last 11 contests, compiling 3 goals and 8 assists. In the process, he has moved into third place in team scoring with 37 points.
A power forward who has played at center and wing, WELSH has returned to the left side and still provides support from the faceoff circle. He scored the Wolves’ first goal in 3 straight games and owns 5 points (3A, 2A) over his last 5 games, raising his season goal total to 15.
The Rockford IceHogs might not have fared well against Lake Erie, dropping both contests to the Monsters over the weekend, but David Rundblad did just fine.
The defenseman got his first goal of the season on Saturday in just his third game wearing an IceHogs uniform. Rundblad became the eighth defenseman and 31st player to notch a goal for the team this season. The blueliner was also the only Rockford player to finish with a positive plus/minus rating in both games.
After being waived by the Chicago Blackhawks and being reassigned to Rockford earlier this season, Rundblad opted to play for Zurich in the Swiss-A league. The former first-round pick of St. Louis in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft has played 87 games in the AHL between Portland and now Rockford, and 113 NHL games between Phoenix and Chicago.