12 April 2010

Weekly Press Notes For April 12


Fri., April 16
vs. Milwaukee Admirals
Allstate Arena
7:30 p.m.

Sat., April 17
at Milwaukee Admirals
Bradley Center
7 p.m.

Mon., April 19
at Milwaukee Admirals
Bradley Center
7 p.m.

Wed., April 21*
vs. Milwaukee Admirals
Allstate Arena
7 p.m.

at Milwaukee Admirals
Bradley Center

Mon. April 26*
vs. Milwaukee Admirals
Allstate Arena
7 p.m.

*If necessary


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Chicago will open its 14th postseason run in 16 years when they host the fourth-seed Milwaukee Admirals in the West Division Semifinal at the Allstate Arena on Wed., April 14 at 7 p.m.; the Wolves have met Milwaukee five times in postseason action, posting wins in four of the series, which includes defeating the Admirals, 4-games-to-2 in the 2008 West Division Semifinal.


--- Jason Krog: Paced the team and ranked second in the AHL with 61 assists and ranked first on the Wolves and seventh in the league with 75 points in 78 games this season ... Dished out an assist in the regular-season finale to snap a season-high six game scoreless streak ... Collected 70 assists and 107 points in 87 career Calder Cup playoff contests

--- Peter Mannino: Shared third in the AHL with a .921 save percentage and ranked sixth in the league with a 2.34 goals-against average - the third-lowest single-season average in franchise history - in 38 appearances this season ... Tied for 10th in the league with 26 wins ... Held opponents to one or fewer goals 16 times, which includes two shutouts

--- Chris Chelios: Ranked second on the team and shared sixth in the AHL with a +34 plus/minus rating in 46 games this season which includes posting a plus or even rating in 41 of his 46 outings ... Ranked third among Wolves defensemen with 17 assists and fifth among team rearguards with 22 points

--- Tim Stapleton: Ranked second on the team and shared 10th in the AHL with a career-high 30 goals in 73 games this season ... Ranked second on the Wolves with 59 points and shared third with 29 assists ... Paced team forwards and ranked third overall on the team with a +22 plus/minus rating


--- Chicago posted a 7-2-1-0 record against Milwaukee during the regular-season series, which includes a 4-1-0-0 mark at the Allstate Arena; the squads met twice in the final three games of the regular-season last week, with each team claiming a victory on home ice.

--- The Wolves matched a franchise high 29 home wins this season (29-8-0-3);
the team's 29 home victories and .762 winning percentage paced the Western Conference and ranked second overall in the league.

--- The Wolves have recorded a 21-2 mark in playoff series that begin at home, with the only two losses coming in the 2005 Calder Cup Finals against Philadelphia and the 2007 Western Conference Final against Hamilton.

--- Left wing Brett Sterling shared sixth in the league with 34 goals despite appearing in only 55 games this season; the 25-year-old forward has potted 30 or more goals in three of his four professional campaigns.

--- Chicago finished the season with 105 points, 24 more than the 2008-09 squad and the seventh time in franchise history the squad cracked the century mark in points.

--- The Wolves were perfect on the penalty kill 40 times in 80 games this season (24-13-0-3); Chicago ranked seventh in the league with an 85.1 efficiency rating on the penalty kill (263 of 309), which was the fourth highest kill rate in franchise history; the Wolves 304 short-handed opportunities and 1112 penalty minutes were both franchise lows.


--- Wolves defenseman Arturs Kulda established a franchise record with his +46 plus/minus rating, which shared first in the AHL and was the second time a Chicago player has led the league in that category; the 21-year-old blueliner posted a plus or even rating in 56 of his 66 outings and ranked second among Wolves defensemen with a career-high 19 assists and third among team rearguards with a career-best 25 points.


Sat., April 10
(at) Chicago 6, Grand Rapids 4
--- The Wolves closed out their 16th regular season with a 6-4 win over the Grand Rapids Griffins before 14,019 fans at the Allstate Arena
--- Defenseman Paul Postma led the charge with three points (G, 2A), while four other Wolves players notched multiple-points
--- Goaltender Peter Mannino kicked out 35 of 39 shots

Fri., April 9
(at) Milwaukee 8, Chicago 1
--- The Wolves were handed an 8-1 drubbing by the Milwaukee Admirals at the Bradley Center
--- Center Kevin Doell scored the lone goal for Chicago
--- Goaltender Peter Mannino (16 of 21) and Drew MacIntyre (five of eight) split time in MANNINO's loss

Wed., April 7
(at) Chicago 2, Milwaukee 1
--- The Wolves scored two unanswered goals and clung to a one-goal lead to earn a 2-1 win over the Milwaukee Admirals at the Allstate Arena
--- Defenseman Paul Postma and left wing Andrew Kozek tallied
--- Goaltender Peter Mannino made 35 saves on 36 shots