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--- DARREN HAYDAR: Named the AHL's most valuable player for the 2006-07 season after leading the league with 81 assists and 122 points - both career highs - and sharing third with a career-best 41 goals in 73 contests ... Selected to the 2006-07 AHL First All-Star Team ... Paced the AHL with 24 points in 15 postseason games ... Recorded 146 total points in 2006-07, four shy of the highest combined total in the league's 71-year history
--- JASON KROG: Averaged 1.82 points per game with Chicago last season, which includes ranking fifth in the AHL with a career-high 54 assists and sharing seventh with a career-best 80 points in just 44 outings ... Accrued three goals and three assists in 23 NHL matchups with Atlanta and the New York Rangers ... Shared second in the AHL with 14 assists and fourth with 19 points in 15 postseason outings with Chicago
--- ALEXANDRE GIROUX: Ranked second in the AHL with a career-high 42 goals and paced the Hershey Bears with a career-high 70 points in 67 games ... Helped Hershey reach the Calder Cup Finals with seven assists and 11 points in 19 postseason tilts ... Netted four points (2G, 2A) in nine NHL games with Washington ... Recorded at least 32 goals in each of his last three AHL campaigns, leading his squad in markers in each of those seasons
--- NATHAN OYSTRICK: Shared fourth among AHL defensemen with 15 goals and ranked third overall among league blueliners with 47 points in a team and league-high 80 games during his rookie year last season ... Named to the 2006-07 AHL Second All-Star Team and the AHL All-Rookie Team
Saturday's game in Houston marks the 10th time in the Wolves 14-year history the team has opened the season on the road. The Wolves have posted a 7-3-1-2 mark in regular-season openers, which includes a 4-3-0-2 mark away from the Allstate Arena.
--- Last season, the Wolves reached the conference finals for the seventh time
in franchise history and third in six years as a member of the AHL.
--- Chicago finished second in the West Division and third in the Western Conference during the 2006-07 regular season with 101 points (46-25-3-6), the
franchise's 13th straight year of finishing .500 or above.
--- Three players from last year's Wolves squad are currently on the Atlanta Thrashers' opening night roster: forwards BRETT STERLING and BRIAN LITTLE and
defenseman MARK POPOVIC.
--- The Wolves' current roster contains 16 players that skated with the squad last year and nine players that have never dressed in an AHL contest.
--- Chicago smashed more than 30 franchise records last season, which includes netting an AHL-best 331 goals (4.14 per game) and a league-high 112 power-play markers.
--- The Wolves matched both a league and club record with 27 road wins during the regular season; nine of Chicago's first 13 games this season will come away from the Allstate Arena.
Left wing TOMAS POSPISIL led Chicago in preseason scoring with three goals;
forwards MATT ANDERSON (2A), COLTON FRETTER (2G) and defensemen CHAD DENNY
(G, A) and SCOTT LEHMAN (2A) shared second with two points apiece.
WOLVES PRESEASON REWIND
Sat., Sept. 29
(at) Milwaukee 4, Chicago 2
--- The Wolves tied the contest late in the second period but allowed two third-period markers in dropping a 4-2 decision in their preseason finale against the Milwaukee Admirals at the Kern Center in Milwaukee
--- Rookies COLTON FRETTER and CHAD DENNY registered goals for Chicago
--- Goaltenders FRED BRATHWAITE and ONDREJ PAVELEC each posted 12 saves on 14 shots in PAVELEC's loss.
Fri., Sept. 28
Lake Erie 6, (at) Chicago 3
--- Chicago opened up a 3-0 lead midway through the contest before allowing six unanswered goals in a 6-3 loss to the Lake Erie Monsters at the Hoffman Estates Park District Community Center and Ice Arena
--- Left wing TOMAS POSPISIL posted two power-play goals, while center LOU DICKENSON chipped in the other marker
--- Netminder DAN TURPLE recorded 18 saves in two periods of action for the Wolves, while goaltender LARRY STERLING registered eight saves in the third period.
Wed., Sept. 26
Milwaukee 8, (at) Chicago 4
--- The Wolves scored twice in the first 12 minutes of play but the Milwaukee Admirals poured in four goals in the second period and eventually topped the Wolves, 8-4, in the preseason opener at Glacier Ice Arena
--- Forwards COLTON FRETTER, JORDAN FOX, KORY KARLANDER, and TOMAS POSPISIL lit the lamp for Chicago
--- Goaltenders DAN TURPLE (13 saves) and CRAIG KOWALSKI (10 saves) combined for 23 saves in KOWALSKI's loss