27 December 2010

Weekly Press Notes for Dec. 27

Right wing Spencer Machacek


Mon., Dec. 27*
vs. Grand Rapids Griffins
Allstate Arena
7 p.m.

Tue., Dec. 28*
at Hamilton Bulldogs
Copps Coliseum
6 p.m.

Wed., Dec. 29*
at Toronto Marlies
Ricoh Coliseum
6 p.m.

Fri., Dec. 31*
at Manitoba Moose
MTS Centre
4 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 1*
at Manitoba Moose
MTS Centre
7:30 p.m.

*Comcast Network 100


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Tonight begins a stretch that sees the Wolves play five games in six nights, all against the North Division; Chicago has amassed a 7-4-1-0 record against North Division opponents this year, which includes earning points in its last four tilts against the North Division (3-0-1-0).



--- Jared Ross: Potted a goal on Dec. 21 to extend his point streak to four games ... Has posted four assists and five points during that span ... Ranks second on the Wolves and shares eighth in the AHL with 20 assists and ranks second on the team and is tied for 10th in the league with 30 points in 34 games this season ... Shares second on the squad with a +8 plus/minus rating and ranks fifth with 10 goals

--- Darren Haydar: Opened scoring on Dec. 21, his first game back in the Wolves lineup after serving a three-game suspension ... Shares third on the team and 13th in the league with 29 points in 31 games this season ... Ranks third on the Wolves with 12 goals and shares third on the team with 17 assists ... Ranks fourth on the club with four power-play goals ... Posted nine assists and 12 points in his last nine contests.

--- Spencer Machacek: Tallied an assist on Dec. 21 after matching a team season-high four points (G, 3A) in his previous game ... Shares first on the Wolves and 11th in the AHL with 13 goals and shares third on the team and 13th in the league with 29 points in 33 games this season ... Paces the team with a +10 plus/minus rating ... Collected six points (2G, 4A) in his last three outings

--- Patrice Cormier: Posted an assist on Dec. 21, his third point (G, 2A) in his last four games ... Notched five points (2G, 3A), 14 penalty minutes and shares second on the team with a +8 plus/minus rating in 11 games with the Wolves this season ... Made his professional debut with Chicago during the Calder Cup playoffs last year and notched eight penalty minutes in nine games during the Wolves run to the West Division Finals

--- Nigel Dawes: Saw his season-high five-game point streak snapped on Dec. 21 ... Bagged six goals and eight points during that span, which includes collecting at least one marker in four of those outings... Shares first on the Wolves and 11th in the AHL with 13 goals and ranks fifth on the team with 21 points in 28 games this season ... Shares second on the team with five power-play strikes and holds second on the squad with 91 shots on goal



--- Wolves Head Coach DON LEVER is one win shy of becoming the 16th head coach in AHL history to record 300 career wins; the 58-year-old has amassed a 299-218-21-11-24 record in eight seasons and 573 games behind the bench for Rochester (1990-92), Hamilton (2005-09) and Chicago (2009-present).

--- Chicago was blanked on two power-play chances on Dec. 21, just the 12th time in 34 outings this season the team has failed to score on the man advantage; the Wolves lead the AHL with a 24.2 conversion rate on the power play (36 of 149).

--- Center Ryan Garbutt dished out his fifth assist of the season on Dec. 21 after being signed to a Standard Player Contract (SPC) earlier that day; the 25-year-old forward, who has registered four points (2G, 2A) in his last five contests, has tallied six goals, 11 points, 31 penalty minutes and a +7 plus/minus rating in 21 games since joining the Wolves on Nov. 10.

--- The Wolves have dropped just two games when leading after two periods this season, which includes holding a 2-1 edge entering the third period on Dec. 21; Chicago has notched a 10-0-1-1 mark when leading after 40 minutes of play this year.

--- The Wolves have given up two or more power-play goals in a game 13 times this season, which includes allowing two on five chances on Dec. 21; Chicago ranks 30th in the league with a 74.0 percent efficiency rating on the penalty kill overall this season (125 of 169).


--- Wolves captain Jason Krog is one point shy of becoming the third player in team history to record 300 points; he ranks third on Chicago’s all-time scoring list with 299 points (86G, 213A) in 236 games with the Wolves, spanning four seasons (2006-08; 2009-present).




Tue., Dec. 21
Milwaukee 3, (at) Chicago 2 (SO)
--- The Wolves held a 2-1 lead heading into the third period, but the Milwaukee Admirals rallied to force overtime and came away with a 3-2 shootout victory at the Allstate Arena
--- Forwards Darren Haydar and Jared Ross tallied regulation goals, while left wing Nigel Dawes scored in the shootout
--- Goaltender Peter Mannino posted 30 saves in regulation and overtime and stopped one attempt in the shootout