No. 7 Rochester Americans (1-2) at No. 2 Chicago Wolves (2-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday
TV: U-Too 26.2, XFinity 248 and 360, RCN 35, WOW 170
|3.33 (T-2)||Goals per game (AHL rank)||2.0 (T-9)|
|2.0 (T-7)||Goals against per game (rank)||3.33 (T-13)|
|32.3 (6)||Shots per game (rank)||26.0 (16)|
|5 of 18 (3)||Power plays (rank)||3 of 15 (7)|
|12 of 15 (10)||Penalty kills (rank)||13 of 18 (14)|
|2 (T-1)||Shorthanded goals (rank)||0 (T-8)|
|53:21||Regulation time with lead||72:55|
WHAT’S AT STAKE
The Wolves can close out this best-of-five series with a win tonight. Top-seeded Texas and third-seeded Toronto already have advanced to the Western Conference semifinals while fourth-seeded Grand Rapids holds a 2-1 lead over fifth-seeded Abbotsford. If the Wolves win their series, then they will face Toronto in the next round. If Rochester wins today and in Game 5 on Sunday, then it will face Texas in the next round.
NUMBERS TO KNOW
- Jake Allen recorded his eighth shutout of the 2013-14 season Thursday night, which sets a Wolves record. Kari Lehtonen posted five regular-season whitewashes and two playoff shutouts in 2004-05.
- Adam Cracknell posted two goals for the third time this season and notched the 15th multiple-goal game of his career. The 28-year-old hadn’t scored two goals in a postseason game since 2008 while playing for the ECHL’s Las Vegas Wranglers.
- The Wolves allowed Rochester just 18 shots Thursday, which is the lowest total surrendered by Chicago this season and tied for the fourth-fewest of any Wolves playoff game.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
Wolves defenseman Brent Regner
Americans left wing Nick Deslauriers