29 March 2010

Weekly Press Notes For March 29

Fri., April 2*
at Houston Aeros
Toyota Center
7:30 p.m.

Sat., April 3*
at San Antonio Rampage
AT&T Center
7 p.m.

*Comcast Network 100


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The Wolves will host the first two games of the West Division Semifinal at the Allstate Arena with dates, times and opponent still to be determined; despite Chicago's home loss to Texas on Sunday, the team has notched a 27-8-0-3 record on home ice overall this season, outscoring opponents, 132-92, along the way.


--- Matt Anderson: Posted two goals and four points in four games this week, which includes his 12th multiple-point outing of the season on Saturday ... Has set career-highs in every offensive category this season, which includes dishing out 27 assists, which ranks third on the team ... Ranks fifth on the team with 15 goals and sixth with 42 points in 59 games ... Paces team forwards and shares 20th in the AHL with a +22 plus/minus rating

--- Jason Krog: Dished four assists in four games this week and has collected seven assists and eight points in his last eight contests ... Ranks first on the Wolves and second in the AHL with 60 assists and paces the team and shares fourth in the league with 74 points in 72 matchups this year ... Ranks second among team forwards and third overall on the squad with a +21 plus/minus rating

--- Joey Crabb: Held scoreless in his last three games after registering six points (2G, 4A) during a five-game point-streak ... Ranks second on the team with a career-high 23 goals and fifth with 25 assists - one shy of matching a career high ... Shares third on the team with a career-best 48 points in 73 games overall this season

--- Spencer Machacek: Tallied two goals in four games this week and has dished out four points (2G, 2A) in his last six outings ... Ranks third on the team with 19 goals and fourth with a career-high 26 assists in 72 games this season ... Holds fifth overall on the team with 45 points and is three points shy of matching his total in 77 games last season


--- Chicago (46-21-1-6) ranks third in the AHL with 99 points and shares third in the league with 46 wins through 74 games; the Wolves 46 victories are the fourth most in franchise history while their 99 points share fourth through 74 games, trailing the 1998 and 2000 Turner Cup Champion and 2008 Calder Cup Champion teams.

--- With six games remaining in their regular season, the Wolves hold a six-point cushion over Texas for the West Division lead.

--- Goaltender Drew MacIntyre's 33-save shutout performance against Rockford on Saturday was Chicago's 84th all-time shutout and the first against the IceHogs in 37 all-time matchups.

--- The Wolves have killed off 18 of their opponents last 20 power-play attempts, which includes being perfect on the penalty kill in their last two outings; Chicago ranks seventh in the league with an 84.8 efficiency rating on the penalty kill (240 of 283).

--- Chicago scored twice on five power-play attempts on Saturday, the first time in 22 games the team has bagged multiple man-advantage markers in a game; the Wolves rank 14th in the AHL with an 17.7 efficiency rating on the power-play (53 of 300).

--- The Wolves will embark on a three-game swing through Texas this week, beginning when they take on the Houston Aeros on Wednesday; Chicago has posted a 19-13-1-3 mark away from home this season, which includes earning points in four of its last five road tilts (3-1-0-1).

LEVER 2000

--- Chicago Head Coach DON LEVER has amassed 45 wins behind the Wolves bench this season and is one win away from setting a new career-high for wins in a regular-season; the 57-year-old notched 45 wins as head coach of the Rochester Americans during the 1990-91 season - a team he led to the Calder Cup Finals.


Sun., March 28
Texas 5, (at) Chicago 0
--- The Wolves fell behind just over two minutes into the game and could never crack the scoreboard as they were shut out, 5-0, by the Texas Stars at the Allstate Arena
--- Goaltender Drew MacIntyre posted 15 saves in 27:44 of action, while Peter Mannino made 10 saves in 32:09 of relief duty

Sat., March 27
Chicago 3, (at) Rockford 0
--- Goaltender Drew MacIntyre thwarted all 33 shots he faced to lead the Wolves to a 3-0 win over the Rockford IceHogs at the Rockford MetroCentre
--- Forwards Matt Anderson and Spencer Machacek and defenseman Ivan Vishnevskiy tickled the twine for Chicago

Fri., March 26
Texas 4, (at) Chicago 3 (SO)
--- The Wolves let a 3-2 lead slip away late in the third period and fell in a shootout, 4-3, to the Texas Stars at the Allstate Arena
--- Forwards Matt Anderson and Andrew Kozek and defenseman Paul Postma scored in regulation for Chicago
--- Goaltender Peter Mannino made 34 saves in regulation and overtime and stopped three of five shootout attempts

Wed., March 24
(at) Peoria 4, Chicago 2
--- The Wolves fell into a hole early and never climbed out, falling 4-2 to the Peoria Rivermen at Carver Arena
--- Forwards Spencer Machacek and Joey Crabb scored
--- Goaltender Drew MacIntyre made 27 on 30 shots