09 November 2009

Wolves Weekly Press Notes for Nov. 9

Sat., Nov. 14*
at Texas Stars
Cedar Park Center
7 p.m.

Sun., Nov. 15*
at Houston Aeros
Toyota Center
4 p.m.

*Comcast Network 100


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The Wolves have potted 22 goals in their last six outings after scoring 12 markers in their previous six matchups; Chicago ranks 14th in the AHL with an average of 2.77 goals per game.


--- Tim Stapleton: Potted his first multiple-goal game of the season, including the game-winning tally, on Nov. 4 at Milwaukee ... Paces the Wolves and shares fifth in the AHL with seven goals in 13 games this season ... Shares the team lead with 10 points ... Ranked first on the Toronto Marlies and tied for seventh in the AHL with 79 points in 70 outings last season ... Paced the Marlies with 28 goals and 51 assists ... Appeared in four NHL outings with the Toronto Maple Leafs, picking up his first career NHL goal on Feb. 28 at Ottawa

--- Chris Chelios: Dished out two assists on Nov. 4 at Milwaukee, his third mutliple-point outing of the season ... Paces Wolves defensemen and ranks fifth on the team with seven points (G, 6A) in seven games played since signing with Chicago on Oct. 20 ... Ranks second on the team with a +6 plus/minus rating ... Appeared in 28 NHL games with the Detroit Red Wings last season, accruing 18 penalty minutes ... Also tallied an assist and two penalty minutes in two AHL games with the Grand Rapids Griffins last year

--- Arturs Kulda: Tallied two points (G, A) in two games last week, including his third career multiple point game on Nov. 4 ... Has set a career-high with two goals and has registered four points in 11 contests this season ... Paces the Wolves and shares second in the AHL with a +10 plus/minus rating ...Tallied 15 points (G, 14A) and 59 penalty minutes in 57 contests with the Wolves during his first full professional season last year

--- Johnny Pohl: Collected three points (G, 2A) in two games this week, which includes his second goal of the season ... Shares seventh on the team with five points (2G, 3A) in seven games this season ... Recorded three goals and 25 points in 22 outings with Lugano of the Swiss League and five goals and 12 points in 12 matchups with Vastra Frolunda of the Swedish Elite League last season


--- The Wolves saw a franchise record penalty killing streak come to a halt on Nov. 4, when they allowed their first power-play goal in seven games; Chicago blanked opponents on the man advantage in six consecutive games (26 of 26) for the first time since Oct. 18 through Nov. 2, 2000; the team has thwarted 30 of its opponent’s last 31 power-play attempts and ranks eighth in the league with an 88.0 efficiency rating on the penalty kill (44 of 50).

--- The Wolves are in the midst of a season-high six game road trip; Chicago, which notched its first road win of the season on Nov. 4 at Milwaukee, will play its first three-games-in-three-days set this weekend when the team travels through Texas with stops in San Antonio, Austin and Houston.

--- Right wing Spencer Machacek has been held scoreless in a season-high four games; the 21-year-old forward shares the team lead with 10 points and ranks second with seven assists.

--- Chicago outshot Grand Rapids 32-23 on Friday, the fourth straight contest in which the team has outgunned its foes.

--- The Wolves have just allowed two third period goals in their last eight games; Chicago is outscoring opponents 11-5 in the final frame this season.

--- Defenseman Scott Lehman has dished out an assist in each of his last two games after being held scoreless in his first seven outings this season.


--- Wolves forward Andrew Kozek will visit the Elmwood Park Library, 1 Conti Parkway, on Wed., Nov. 11, at 4 p.m., to kick off the team’s “Read to Succeed” program, presented by Vista Health System and Pace. Members of the squad will make more than 30 library visits throughout the Chicago area this season for the program, which has reached more than 500,000 children since its inception in 1995.


Fri., Nov. 6
(at) Grand Rapids 5, Chicago 4
--- The Wolves jumped out to a 2-0 lead, 6:50 into the game, but watched it slip away when they surrendered three goals in the second period on the way to a 5-4 loss to the Grand Rapids Griffins at Van Andel Arena
--- Forwards Brett Sterling, Andrew Kozek, Johnny Pohl and Joey Crabb each potted tallies for Chicago
--- Goaltender Manny Legace posted 10 saves on 14 shots in 28:07 of action, while Drew MacIntyre stopped eight of nine shots he faced in 30:30, taking the eventual loss.

Wed., Nov. 4
Chicago 4, (at) Milwaukee 3
--- Right wing Tim Stapleton broke a 3-3 tie midway through the third period to give the Wolves their first road win of the season, 4-3, over the Milwaukee Admirals at the Bradley Center
--- STAPLETON tallied twice, while Anthony Stewart and Arturs Kulda added the other markers
--- Goaltender Drew MacIntyre posted 14 saves in his third straight win