Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 | 7:00 p.m. | Allstate Arena | Facebook
The Chicago Wolves enter Thursday’s game with a franchise-record 12-game home winning streak on the line. Dating back to Dec. 6, the streak includes victories over all six of their Central Division opponents and two wins against Paci c Division foes the club faced for the first time in franchise history. Chicago looks for its 13th win to continue the streak and third win against Cleveland during this run. Max Lagace was in net for the home win on Jan. 3 while Kasimir Kaskisuo made the third of his season-high six consecutive starts on Jan. 21.
A few Chicago Wolves players have been earning their air miles and the latest member to make the trip to Las Vegas was captain Paul Thompson. On Sunday, the 29-year-old was recalled on an emergency basis by the Vegas Golden Knights. He was on deck at T-Mobile Arena for the Golden Knights’ showdown with the Philadelphia Flyers. He did not see game action and was returned to the Wolves on Monday. Defenseman Jason Garrison has been the most frequent traveler and made a return to the Chicago lineup on Friday for the first time in 11 days. Additionally, goaltender Max Lagace was recalled from loan on Saturday as Vegas goaltender Malcolm Subban was placed on injured reserve indefinitely.
FOURTH AND GOAL
The Chicago Wolves are looking for their fourth consecutive victory against the Cleveland Monsters. After suffering a 3-2 setback in the series opener on Dec. 8 at Quicken Loans Arena, the Wolves rallied the next night with a 3-0 victory that also served as the AHL-record 50th shutout for goaltender Michael Leighton. The next two contests at Allstate Arena were 5-3 and 3-1 victories, respectively, for the Wolves. Through the course of its three straight wins, Chicago has outscored Cleveland 11-4 and own an 87-74 lead in shots. Special teams also have been helpful, especially the penalty kill as the Wolves have allowed only one goal in 13 kills. On the power play, the Wolves own one goal in 11 chances.
By the Numbers:
- 2: On Jan. 3, the Chicago Wolves held the Cleveland Monsters to just two shots on goal in the first period of that contest, which set a season-low for opponent shots on goal in a single period. Cleveland only mustered 24 shots the entire game — exactly four below the average amount for Wolves opponents this season. Chicago has held opponents to fewer than 25 shots in 15 of 48 games in 2017-18. Twice the club has kept opponents under 20 shots on goal. The first occurred Dec. 6 — when the team’s franchise-record home winning streak began — when they held the San Diego Gulls to the season-low 16 shots. Ten days later, they kept the Iowa Wild to just 18 shots.
- 3: Three different goaltenders have been between the pipes for the Chicago Wolves through the first four games of the Wolves-Cleveland Monsters season series. Kasimir Kaskisuo owns a 1-1-0 record against Cleveland as he was in net for the series opener on Dec. 8 — the Wolves suffered a 3-2 setback — and for Chicago’s latest victory on Jan. 21. Veteran Michael Leighton earned his AHL milestone 50th career shutout on Dec. 9 against the Monsters while Max Lagace — currently serving as the Vegas Golden Knights backup netminder — manned the crease for a 5-3 win on Jan. 3.
- 14: The Chicago Wolves needs two more victories on home ice to stretch their franchise home winning streak to 14 games. If they can meet that number, they would join the 2006- 07 Norfolk Admirals and 2015-16 Grand Rapids Griffins for the fifth-longest win streak in American Hockey League history on home ice. That total would also put them 10 games shy of matching the league record of 24 straight games set by the Hershey Bears in 2009-10. The Bears went on to win the Calder Cup that season.
- 60: T.J. Tynan, the Chicago Wolves’ leading scorer, has registered more than 60 percent of his points at Allstate Arena. Twenty-three of his 38 points — seven goals and 16 assists — have come during the team’s 23 games on home ice. Of those 23 points, 18 have come since Dec. 6 when the Wolves’ franchise-record home win streak began. Tynan owns six goals and 12 assists through those 12 games. The 25-year-old also set career highs with his first three-goal performance on Dec. 16 against the Iowa Wild and his four-assist night on Jan. 20 versus the Bakersfield Condors. The Illinois native has five multi-point performances this season and has been held scoreless just three times since Dec. 6.
- 1,541: This season, the Chicago Wolves have fired 1,541 shots on net for an average of 32.1 per game. That average ranks the club third in the league for shots per game. Chicago’s Illinois Lottery Cup rival, the Rockford IceHogs are leading the league with an average of 34.77 shots per game while the Grand Rapids Griffins are No. 2 in the AHL with 32.63 shots per game. In head-to-head competition, the Wolves have only outshot the IceHogs twice this season and have been outshot 227-218 — with an average of 31.14 shots per game — through the first seven contests of the 12-game series. Chicago averages 30 shots per game versus Grand Rapids, but has only outshot the Griffins once in six contests. Grand Rapids has the upper hand in series shots on goal, 194-180, and set the season-high for shots allowed by the Wolves with 41 in the series opener on Oct. 27.
- The Wolves suffered just their fourth regulation loss in two months
- Forward Bryce Gervais scored Chicago’s lone goal, his fourth of the season, just 37 seconds into the second period to give the Wolves a 1-0 lead.
- Making his first start since Jan. 17, goaltender Max Lagace made 22 saves in the loss.
- The Wolves roasted the IceHogs for their fourth Illinois Lottery Cup victory of the season.
- Seven players scored: forwards Bryce Gervais, Mackenzie MacEachern, Teemu Pulkkinen, Brett Sterling and Tyler Wong as well as defensemen Jake Bischoff and Kevin Lough.
- Forward T.J. Tynan collected three assists to make him the Wolves’ leading point-getter with 38 (9G, 29A).
- Veteran Sterling also registered three points (G, 2A) to reach 601 professional career points.
- Goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo made 21 saves for his third consecutive victory.
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Jan. 21, 2018
|12/08/2017||Quicken Loans Arena||L, 3-2|
|12/09/2017||Quicken Loans Arena||W, 3-0|
|01/03/2018||Allstate Arena||W, 5-3|
|01/21/2018||Allstate Arena||W, 3-1|
|03/20/2018||Quicken Loans Arena|
|03/22/2018||Quicken Loans Arena|