TALE OF THE TAPE: APRIL 1
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Friday, April 1, 7:00 p.m. Allstate Arena
Chicago’s push for the playoffs reaches a critical juncture this weekend as Lake Erie makes its final visit of the season to Allstate Arena.
Chicago enters tonight’s game trailing Charlotte by 7 points in the Central Division standings. To have an outside shot at qualifying for the postseason, the Wolves must first bypass Charlotte for fifth place in the Central. For those scoreboard watching, the Checkers play Texas twice this weekend in Charlotte.
Chicago enters its series against the Monsters looking to snap a 3-game losing skid on home ice. With more one win at Allstate Arena, Chicago can match its home win total from a season ago (19) and record its 22nd consecutive winning campaign at home.
Tonight’s contest marks the possible professional debuts of two University of Michigan teammates who recently completed their careers with the Wolverines. Forward JUSTIN SELMAN was signed to an ATO by Chicago on Wednesday, and Lake Erie defenseman Zach Werenski, a first-round draft pick, recently signed with Columbus (NHL).
By The Numbers
1: PAT CANNONE needs one point to join the 50-point club. The Wolves have produced 50-point scorers in 20 of 21 seasons, the lone exception being in 2013-14 when TY RATTIE led the team with 48 points.
14: Should JUSTIN SELMAN make his professional debut tonight, he would become the fourth Wolves player this season to wear uniform No. 14.
50: Number of days since the Wolves and Monster last met – on February 11 in Cleveland. It’s been 76 days dating to Lake Erie’s last appearance at Allstate Arena.
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: 30-31-5-3
Last Game: 1-0 L vs Rockford (March 30)
2015-16 Season Series: 1-4-1-0
Last Meeting: 5-0 Road Loss (Feb. 11)
Team Record: 37-21-5-5
Last Game: 5-2 W at Grand Rapids (March 26)
2015-16 Season Series: 5-1-0-0
Last Meeting: 5-0 Home Win (Feb. 11)
Center PAT CANNONE was named the team’s winner of the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award on Thursday for his outstanding contributions to the Chicago community during the 2015-16 season.
CANNONE created “Pistol’s Pals,” which partnered with Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation and Little Heroes Pediatric Cancer Foundation to bring patients and their families to games. At midseason, he extended his program to include “Wolves Wish,” which provides special experiences for Wolves fans facing adversity. Cannone also has served as the spokesmen for many of the Wolves community endeavors and fundraising events – including the “Read To Succeed” program and the “Stick It To Breast Cancer” campaign that raised money for A Silver Lining Foundation.
CANNONE is now one of 30 finalists for the AHL’s 2015-16 Yanick Dupre Memorial Award, which honors the overall IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year
While the Wolves have dropped three straight home games, the second-longest active streak of its kind in the AHL, the Monsters are currently in the midst of a three-game road winning streak, tied for the longest such active streak league-wide.
Speaking of streaks, Lukas Sedlak is currently in the midst of a five-game goal streak, the AHL’s longest-such active streak. The forward is getting hot at the right time, recording 11 goals — a career high — and four assists for 15 points this season.
The Czeck Republic native posted 14 goals, 30 points, 56 penalty minutes and a +13 rating in 105 AHL appearances entering 2015-16 seasons for the Springfield Falcons spanning two seasons from 2013 to 2015