31 January 2011

Weekly Press Notes for Jan. 31

Left wing Fredrik Pettersson. Photo: Steven Christy

Fri., Feb. 4*
vs. Abbotsford Heat
Allstate Arena
7:30 p.m.


Sat., Feb. 5^
vs. Peoria Rivermen
Allstate Arena
7 p.m.

*Comcast Network 100


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Defenseman Paul Postma, who will be in the starting lineup, and right wing Spencer Machacek will skate for the Western Conference team in tonight’s 2011 AHL All-Star Game in Hershey, Pa.; this year’s contest marks the first time since 2008 that Chicago has sent multiple players to the All-Star Game.


--- Spencer Machacek: Tallied six assists and eight points in six games since being reassigned by the Atlanta Thrashers on Jan. 19 ... Shares third on the Wolves and 14th in the league with 41 points in 45 games this season ... Shares second on the team with 16 goals and holds fifth with 25 assists ... Has accrued a plus or even rating in 19 of his last 20 outings and ranks first on the team and shares ninth in the league with a +17 plus/minus rating

--- Nigel Dawes: Potted a goal in his return to the Wolves lineup on Friday after being reassigned by Atlanta on Thursday ... He dished out one assist in three games during his recall ... Paces the Wolves and shares fifth in the league with 22 goals and ranks fifth on the team with 37 points in 42 games this season ... Led Chicago with eight goals and shared first on the club with 12 points in 10 games during the month of January

--- Darren Haydar: Dished out two assists in three games this week and has collected six points (3G, 3A) in his last seven outings ... Shares first on the Wolves and fourth in the AHL with 45 points in 49 games this season ... Ranks second on Chicago and eighth in the league with 29 assists and shares second on the squad with 16 goals

--- Paul Postma: Saw his season-best four-game point streak snapped on Saturday, he recorded four assists during that span ... Ranks second among league blueliners with 35 points in 52 games this season ... Tied for third on Chicago and first among AHL rear guards with 27 assists ... Shared the team lead with 12 points (3G, 9A) in 14 games during the month of January

--- Jared Ross: Held scoreless in his last two contests after racking up eight points (2G, 6A) during a five-game point streak ... Shares third on the Wolves and 14th in the league with 41 points in 47 games this season ... His 27 assists are tied for third on the team and 10th in the league ... Amassed 10 points in 12 games during the month of January


--- Chicago opens a three-game homestand with a matchup against the Abbotsford Heat on Friday; the Wolves, who will play 17 of their final 28 games on home ice, have notched an 11-9-0-3 mark at the Allstate Arena this year.

--- The Wolves enter the All-Star break with four players ranked among the AHL’s top 14 scorers; Darren Haydar and Jason Krog share fourth in the league with 45 points, while Spencer Machacek and Jared Ross share 14th in the AHL with 41 points.

--- Chicago has outshot opponents in its last three games after failing to outgun its foes in the previous three matchups; the Wolves have notched a 12-11-0-0 record when outshooting opponents this season.

--- The Wolves have earned just three victories in their last 10 games against West Division opponents (3-5-0-2); Chicago, which battles West Division foes in 24 of its final 28 outings, has notched a 11-16-1-2 mark against the West Division overall this season.

--- The Wolves have allowed a power-play goal in 38 of their 52 matchups this season, which includes one on Saturday (four of five); Chicago ranks 30th in the league with a 75.7 percent efficiency rating on the penalty kill overall this season (187 of 247).


--- Chicago enters the All-Star break ranked first in the AHL with 55 power-play goals and a 22.7 conversion rate on the man-advantage (55 of 242); the Wolves are one goal shy of matching their total of 56 power-play goals in 80 games last year (56 of 324).


Sat., Jan. 29
(at) Oklahoma City 5, Chicago 2
--- The Wolves trailed by two after the first period and fell victim to an Alexandre Giroux hat trick, falling 5-2 against the Oklahoma City Barons at Cox Convention Center
--- Forwards Jason Krog and Tim Miller tallied for Chicago
--- Goaltenders Peter Mannino (two of five) and Edward Pasquale (25 of 27) split time in MANNINO’s loss

Fri., Jan. 28
(at) San Antonio 4, Chicago 1
--- The Wolves scored first but saw their lead slip away in a 4-1 loss to the San Antonio Rampage Friday night
--- Left wing Nigel Dawes scored the Wolves only goal
--- Goaltender Peter Mannino made 18 saves on 21 shots

Wed., Jan. 26
Chicago 5, (at) Oklahoma City 4 (SO)
--- The Wolves scored with 34 seconds left to tie the game and won a 10-round shootout to beat Oklahoma City, 5-4, at Cox Convention Center
--- Forwards Ryan Garbutt (2G), Andre Deveaux and Fredrik Pettersson scored for Chicago
--- Goaltender Drew MacIntyre made 25 saves in regulation and overtime and stopped nine of 10 shootout attempts