Wolves Weekly Press Notes for Jan. 27 Photo: Graig Abel/Toronto Marlies
27 January 2014

Wolves Weekly Press Notes for Jan. 27

 

THIS WEEK:

Wed., Jan. 29*
at Rochester Americans
Blue Cross Arena
6 p.m.

Fri., Jan. 31*
at Grand Rapids Griffins
Van Andel Arena
6 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 1*
vs. Iowa Wild
Allstate Arena
7 p.m.

*U-Too

GAMES WILL BE TELECAST LIVE ON THE U-TOO OR WCIU
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IT’S A MIDWEST THING

Starting with the Wolves game at Grand Rapids on Friday, the team will play eight of nine contests against the Midwest Division; Chicago has posted a 12-7-0-2 mark against division foes this season after notching just 13 wins against the Midwest Division last year (13-22-4-3).

WOLVES HEADLINES

--- Dmitrij Jaskin: Opened scoring in Chicago’s wins against Toronto (Saturday) and Sunday (Hamilton) last week to extend his point streak to four games ... Notched 5 points (2G, 3A) in his last four tilts after posting 5 points (3G, 2A) in his previous eight matchups ... Ranks second on the team with 12 goals and shares second with 23 points in 29 outings this year ... Also holds second on the squad with a +10 plus/minus rating and has accrued a plus or even rating in 12 of his last 14 tilts ... Missed eight games due to injury from Oct. 13 to Nov. 6 ... Appeared in four NHL games with St. Louis this season and potted his first career NHL goal on Dec. 28 against the Blackhawks

--- Jake Allen: Stopped 28 of 29 shots, including all 20 he saw in the second and third periods, to help lead Chicago to a 2-1 win over Toronto on Saturday ... Accumulated a 3-3-0 record in his six starts during January despite posting a 1.82 goals-against average and .934 save percentage in those contests ... Has received 10 goals of offensive support during that span ... Has lost just twice in regulation dating back to Dec. 13, a span of 10 starts ... Shares third in the AHL with 17 wins, ranks fourth in the circuit with a 2.10 goals-against average, and is tied for sixth in the league with a .925 save percentage in 29 games this season (17-10-2) ... Named to the 20-man roster AHL All-Star Roster on Jan. 8, the second AHL All-Star Selection of his four-year pro career (2011)

--- Mark Cundari: Made his team debut in two games last week after being loaned to the Wolves by Calgary as compensation for Chicago trading center Corey Locke to the Abbotsford Heat ... Registered 2 points (G, A) and a team-high six shots in the club’s 4-1 win over Hamilton on Sunday ... Collected 5 goals, 7 assists, and 12 points in 34 AHL tilts with Chicago and Abbotsford this year

WOLF TRACKS

--- Chicago has won 11 of its last 16 tilts (11-3-2-0) and has dropped three regulation contests since Dec. 15 -- and the team was held to one goal in all three tilts; the Wolves have registered a 13-6-2-0 mark and .667 winning percentage since the start of December to move into second place in the Midwest Division with 50 points through 42 games (23-15-2-2).

--- Center Adam Cracknell made his Chicago debut in two games last week after being assigned to the team by the St. Louis Blues on Jan. 23; the 28-year-old forward assisted on Joel Edmundson’s second-period tally on Sunday against Hamilton.

--- Chicago has been perfect on the penalty kill in 21 of its 42 contests this season, which includes killing off all four of Hamilton’s attempts on Sunday; the Wolves, who have killed off 17 of 18 power-play attempts in their last four tilts, rank seventh in the AHL with a 85.1 efficiency rating on the penalty kill this season (165 of 194).

--- The Wolves bagged power-play goals in back-to-back games for just the fourth time this season when they scored one against Toronto and Hamilton last week; Chicago has cashed in on 23 of its 198 power-play chances this season.

THE BETTER HALVES

--- The Wolves Wives kick off their annual puck fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 1, and will be selling autographed pucks during home games throughout the month of February. The specially wrapped pucks, which contain candy and the autograph of a surprise Wolves player, can be purchased for $10 in the concourses of the Allstate Arena. Fans who buy a puck that has a player’s name signed in gold will have the chance to meet that player after the game.

WOLVES REWIND (2-1-0-0)

Sunday, Jan. 26
Chicago 4, (at) Hamilton 1
--- The Wolves used goals from four different players to upend the Hamilton Bulldogs 4-1 at Copps Coliseum
--- Forwards Dmitrij Jaskin and Tyler Shattock and defensemen Joel Edmundson and Mark Cundari lit the lamp for Chicago
--- Goaltender Matt Climie thwarted 21 of 22 shots

Saturday, Jan. 25
Chicago 2, (at) Toronto 1
--- The Wolves struck first and staved off a late charge by the Toronto Marlies en route to earning a 2-1 victory at Ricoh Coliseum
--- Forwards Dmitrij Jaskin and Chris Porter potted tallies for Chicago
--- Goaltender Jake Allen kicked out 28 of 29 shots

Tuesday, Jan. 21
(at) Utica 2, Chicago 1
--- The Wolves dropped their first meeting against the Utica Comets 2-1 at the Utica Memorial Auditorium
--- Right wing Ty Rattie notched Chicago’s lone goal
--- Goaltender Jake Allen stopped 28 of 30 shots