No. 3 Toronto Marlies (1-0) at No. 2 Chicago Wolves (0-1)
7 p.m. Saturday
TV: U-Too 26.2, XFinity 248 and 360, RCN 35, WOW 170
|3.0||Goals per game||4.5|
|3.33||Goals allowed per game||1.5|
|32.7||Shots per game||31.8|
RELIVING GAME 1
The Chicago Wolves wanted to avoid penalties, but they were assessed the game’s first three penalties in the opening minutes. Toronto turned those into two power-play goals that triggered a 3-0 lead and an eventual 5-2 victory Friday night at Allstate Arena.
The Wolves fired 39 shots --- tying their postseason best --- but former Wolves goaltender Drew MacIntyre stopped 37 of them in his first game against Chicago since his 2009-11 stint with the franchise.
NUMBERS TO RECITE
- Friday’s loss marked the 13th time the Wolves have lost Game 1 in a seven-game series during their 20-year history. They rallied to win five of the first 12 series.
- Friday’s loss marked the Wolves’ 16th loss since the second half of the American Hockey League’s regular season began on Jan. 18. After the first 15 losses (which includes the Wolves’ pair of Western Conference Quarterfinals defeats), the team responded with 13 wins, 1 overtime loss and 1 shootout loss.
- The Wolves have allowed 10 power-play goals in six playoff games. They never allowed more than eight PPG during any six-game stretch in the regular season and gave up 49 for the entire 76-game regular-season schedule.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
Wolves center Christian Hanson
Marlies center Peter Holland