24 January 2011

Weekly Press Notes for Jan. 24

Right wing Spencer Machacek. Photo: Ross Dettman/Chicago Wolves
THIS WEEK:

Wed., Jan. 26*
at Oklahoma City Barons
Cox Convention Center
7 p.m.

 

Fri., Jan. 28*
at San Antonio Rampage
AT&T Center
7 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 29^
at Oklahoma City Barons
Cox Convention Center
7 p.m.

*Comcast Network 100
^My50

GAMES WILL BE TELECAST LIVE ON MY50 CHICAGO OR ON COMCAST NETWORK 100 ON XFINITY TV FROM COMCAST

Log on to chicagowolves.com for broadcast schedule, or to watch or listen to the action live online

ROAD WORK AHEAD

The Wolves will play their final three games before the All-Star break on the road, beginning with a matchup in Oklahoma City on Wednesday; Chicago, which is on a season-high three-game road winning streak, has notched 13-11-2-0 mark away from the Allstate Arena this season.

WOLVES HEADLINES

--- Spencer Machacek: Amassed six points (2G, 4A) in three games since being reassigned by the Atlanta Thrashers on Jan. 20 ... He appeared in four games with Atlanta during his recall ... Shares first on the Wolves and 16th in the AHL with 16 goals and ranks fourth on the team and is tied for 12th in the league with 39 points in 42 games this season ... Has accrued a plus or even rating in 17 straight outings and ranks first on the team and shares third in the league with a +19 plus/minus rating

--- Jared Ross: Shared the team lead with six points (G, 5A) in three games last week, which includes matching a team season-high three assists on Saturday ... Ranks third on Chicago and is tied for ninth in the AHL with 40 points (14G, 26A) in 44 games this season ... His 26 assists hold third on the team and share 10th in the league ... Amassed six assists and nine points in his last seven contests

--- Drew MacIntyre: Earned two wins in three starts last week, which includes posting a season-high 35 saves in both victories ... Registered 1.98 goals-against average and .934 save percentage in his last 10 outings (7-2-1), after not appearing in a game since Nov. 16 ... Accrued a 2.81 goals-against average and .909 save percentage in 14 games overall this season (7-5-1) ... Held opponents to two or fewer goals in seven of his 13 starts this season, which includes four of his last five

--- Darren Haydar: Posted four points (3G, A) in his last four games, which includes his 12th multiple-point game of the season on Saturday ... Ranks second on the squad and shares fifth in the league with 43 points in 46 contests this season ... Shares first on the Wolves and 16th in the AHL with 16 goals and ranks second on Chicago and shares sixth in the league with 27 assists

WOLF TRACKS

--- Chicago has bagged 15 goals in its last four games after potting just eight goals in its previous four outings; the Wolves are averaging 3.20 goals-per-game this season, which shares eighth in the AHL.

--- The Wolves were blanked on three power-play chances on Sunday, the 17th time in 49 games this year the team has failed to score on the man-advantage; Chicago holds second in the AHL with a 22.6 conversion rate on the power play (51 of 226).

--- Defenseman Noah Welch amassed a +3 plus/minus rating in his return to the Wolves lineup on Saturday after missing the previous 26 games; the 28-year-old blueliner has tallied seven assists and a +6 plus/minus rating in 19 games this season.

--- Chicago’s 2-1 loss to Oklahoma City on Sunday was just its second loss this season when holding opponents to two or fewer goals in game (17-2-0-0).

--- The Wolves have earned just one victory in their last six games against West Division opponents (1-3-0-2); Chicago, which battles West Division foes in 27 of its final 31 outings, has notched a 10-14-1-2 mark against the West Division overall this season.

--- The Wolves surrendered multiple power-play goals for the first time in 11 games on Sunday; Chicago ranks 30th in the league with a 75.5 percent efficiency rating on the penalty kill overall this season (176 of 233).

HERE’S THE SITUATION

--- Chicago - which has won three of its last four games - sits in seventh place in the West Division with 53 points (24-20-2-3) through 49 games this season; the Wolves trail first place Peoria by four points, with the Rivermen holding four games in hand; all eight teams in the West Division sit above the .500 mark and first and eighth place in the division are separated by only 14 points, making it the most tightly contested division in the AHL.

WOLVES REWIND (2-1-0-0)

Sun., Jan. 23
Oklahoma City 2, (at) Chicago 1
--- The Wolves surrendered two power-play goals and couldn’t crack the scoreboard until late in the third period as they fell to the Oklahoma City Barons, 2-1, at the Allstate Arena
--- Center Jared Ross scored the lone goal for Chicago
--- Goaltender Drew MacIntyre thwarted 20 of 22 shots

Sat., Jan. 22
Chicago 5, (at) Grand Rapids 3
--- The Wolves took an early lead and held on to defeat the Grand Rapids Griffins, 5-3, at Van Andel Arena
--- Forwards Spencer Machacek (G, 2A), Jared Ross (3A), Darren Haydar (G, A) and Michael Davies (G, A) all posted multiple points
--- Goaltender Drew MacIntyre made 35 saves on 38 shots

Fri., Jan. 21
Chicago 4, (at) Grand Rapids 1
--- The Wolves broke a 1-1 tie with three third period goals and skated away with a 4-1 win over the Grand Rapids Griffins at Van Andel Arena
--- Forwards Spencer Machacek (G, A), Riley Holzapfel (G, A), Michael Davies (G, A) and Jared Ross (2A) all notched multiple points for the Wolves
--- Goaltender Drew MacIntyre stopped 35 shots in the win