10-26 Grand Rapids Tale of the Tape

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  • 1. CHICAGO WOLVES TALE OF THE TAPE Saturday, Oct. 26 7 p.m. Allstate Arena Team Record: 3-3-0-1 Last Game: 4-5 SOL at Iowa (Oct. 24) Season Series: 0-0-0-0 Last Meeting: 1-3 Home Loss (April 21) Team Record: 2-2-1-1 Last Game: 5-0 L vs. Charlotte (Oct. 25) Season Series: 0-0-0-0 Last Meeting: 3-1 Road Win (April 21) Storylines • Tonight’s tilt marks the first of 10 meetings between the Wolves and reigning Calder Cup champion Grand Rapids Griffins. • The Wolves lost seven of eight matchups to the Griffins last season despite six of the eight games being one-goal affairs and four of the eight meetings extending past regualtion (1-3-3-1). • Chicago enters tonight’s game at the .500 mark through seven games this season (3-3-0-1) after dropping a 5-4 shootout decision at Iowa in its last outing on Thursday. • Four Wolves skaters matched a season-best +2 plus/minus rating on Thursday (Cannone, Chorney, Harper, Shields). • The club has lit the lamp first in all three of its wins, while it has surrendered the opening marker in each of its four losses. • Chicago has surrendered four goals in its three victories, while it has allowed 18 goals in its four defeats. • Four Chicago defensemen have scored goals in the first seven games this season (Hakanpaa, Oberg, Regner, Shields); it took the team 12 games last year to see four rear guards dent the net. By The Numbers 1 - Number of power-play goals the Wolves have surrendered in their last five games; Chicago has posted an 90.9% efficiency rating on the penalty kill this season (30 of 33). 4 - Number of goals the Wolves bagged on Thursday, a season-high; prior to Thursday the team was averaging 2.33 goals per game. 5 - Number of Wolves skaters that notched multiple points on Thursday at Iowa; Aucoin, Harper, and Shields tallied a goal and an assist, while Andronov and Porter dished out two helpers. Follow The Action Tonight’s game begins at 7 p.m. and can be seen on The U-Too (WCIU-DT 26.2). U-Too also can be found on XFinity’s Chs. 248 and 360, RCN’s Ch. 35 and WOW’s Ch. 170. The game can also be streamed on www.ahllive.com. Those away from a TV or computer can follow @Chicago_Wolves on Twitter for live in-game play-by-play. PLAYER SPOTLIGHT #7 DAVID SHIELDS #13 GUSTAV NYQUIST David Shields recorded 2 points (G, A) on Thursday which marked his first AHL multiple point outing in his 114th league game. Gustav Nyquist has had a strong start to the 2013-14 season, leading the Griffins with 7 points (3G, 4A) in SIX games. Defenseman The 22-year-old has bagged two goals in his last four tilts after not denting the net in his first 110 AHL outings. The Rochester, N.Y., native accrued five assists and 41 penalty minutes in 59 AHL games with Peoria last season. Right wing The 24-year-old split last season between Grand Rapids and the Detroit Red Wings; he bagged 6 points (3G, 3A) in 22 NHL games and 60 points (23G, 37A) in 58 AHL outings. He also began the 2013 playoffs with Detroit before joining Grand Rapids in time to help the Griffins win Calder Cup.