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The Wolves are currently 4-1-0-0 on their six-game road swing, which concludes on Friday at Quad City… Chicago has allowed four goals in consecutive games after not surrendering more than three in any of its first 15 contests… The Wolves continue to lead the league in defense, though, allowing a league-low average of 1.88 goals per game… Joe Motzko has registered a point in four straight games (2-2-4) for the Wolves, including a goal in his last two outings… Joey Crabb also has a goal in two straight games (2-1-3), and defenseman Jamie Rivers has collected three assists in the last two contests… Rookie goaltender Dan Turple is out to a 4-0-0 start to his season (1.96, .932).
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Grand Rapids dropped a pair of games in Milwaukee earlier this week, marking the first time all season that the Griffins lost two straight in regulation… The Griffins collected their first-ever win against Quad City on Saturday, defeating the Flames, 3-1, at the I Wireless Center; Last season, Quad City became the first opponent in Griffins history to sweep a season series of at least four games (0-3-0-1)… Darren Helm brings a five-game scoring streak (2-4-6) into the new week, as does Landon Wilson (2-3-5); Wilson has registered a point in eight of his last nine contests (6-4-10)… Grand Rapids had denied 43 of their opponents’ previous 44 power play chances before Milwaukee scored twice in a span of three opportunities on Sunday.
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Hamilton wrapped up its brief three-game homestand at 2-1-0-0… Matt D’Agostini tallied the game-winning goal in both of the Bulldogs’ victories; His four-game goal-scoring streak (6-0-6) came to an end in Wednesday’s 4-2 loss to Manchester… Ryan Russell earned the first hat trick of his professional career in Sunday’s 5-2 victory over Rochester, and two of the three goals came shorthanded… Rookie Ben Maxwell has registered a point in five of his last six outings (2-4-6)… Hamilton leads the league with seven shorthanded goals, including five at home… The Bulldogs open a four-game road swing this weekend in Peoria and Houston.
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Houston opened a four-game homestand with a 3-2 shootout loss to league-leading Bridgeport on Sunday… Krys Kolanos scored both Aeros goals in that game and has lit the lamp in seven of the nine games he has played for Houston this season (9-2-11)… Kolanos’ 11 points rank second on the team behind Corey Locke, who shows 15 points (3-12-15) in 13 contests… Goaltender Barry Brust has stopped 111 of the last 117 shots he’s faced for a .949 save percentage in his last four games played… Houston has scored just eight goals in its last five games, an average of 1.60 per contest… The Aeros welcome Worcester and Hamilton to the Toyota Center this weekend.
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Bobby Ryan earned his first recall of the season to parent-club Anaheim on Saturday after registering a team-high nine goals and 19 points in 14 games for the Chops this season… Ryan had tallied a point in seven straight games (6-5-11) prior to his recall… Joakim Lindstrom shows a point in seven of his last eight outings (1-8-9) for Iowa, and Drew Miller has a goal in three of his last four tilts (3-1-4)… Goaltender Jean-Philippe Levasseur is on a personal three-game winning streak and is 4-1-0 (2.78, .899) for the season… The Chops conclude their six-game homestand this weekend when they host Milwaukee twice and Grand Rapids once.
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Lake Erie is currently on a three-game losing skid and is just 2-8-0-0 since starting the season at 3-1-0-1… All three games of the Monsters’ current skid have come against non-divisional opponents (Houston, Hartford, and Chicago)… The Monsters wrap up a six-game homestand this weekend by hosting two more non-divisional foes; Manchester visits for a Saturday matinee and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton comes to town on Sunday… Chris Stewart (4-1-5) and Philippe Dupuis (1-4-5) each have a point in three of their last four contests… Kyle Cumiskey’s four-game scoring streak (1-5-6) ended in Wednesday’s 5-4 loss to Chicago.
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Manitoba has won three straight games and is 12-1-0-0 in its last 13 outings… Second-year goaltender Cory Schneider is on a personal nine-game winning streak (1.22, .952) since taking the loss in Manitoba’s season opener on Oct. 10… Schneider’s 1.30 goals-against average is tops in the AHL, his .948 save percentage is good for second, and his nine victories (9-1-0) are tied for second… As a team, the Moose rank second in the league in defense, allowing just 1.93 goals per game thus far… Jason Jaffray has racked up five goals (5-0-5) in his last three games and has a point in 10 of his last 11 contests (9-5-14)… Jason Krog has a point in eight of the nine games he has played for the Moose this season (1-11-12).
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Milwaukee is 6-1-0-0 in its last seven games on the heels of a 2-4-0-1 start to the campaign… In his first decision since Oct. 24, Mark Dekanich made 29 saves to pick up the victory on Tuesday in the Admirals’ 3-2 win over Grand Rapids, the team’s fourth win in as many outings against the Griffins this season… For the seventh time since joining the AHL in 2001, Milwaukee was held to just one shot in a period on Sunday, as Grand Rapids outshot the Admirals 11-1 in the third period… Cody Franson’s four-game scoring streak came to an end in Tuesday’s victory… Hugh Jessiman has tallied a goal in three of his last four games (3-0-3).
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Chris Conner is currently riding a five-game goal-scoring streak (5-2-7) for the Rivermen… Conner’s nine goals overall (9-5-14) are tied with Steve Regier (9-8-17) for the team lead… Trent Whitfield shows a point in three of his last four outings (2-1-3)… Goaltender Marek Schwarz is on a personal three-game winning streak after starting the season at 1-3-0… Five of Julian Talbot’s six goals thus far have come on the power play… The Rivermen visit Rockford on Friday before returning to Carver Arena to host Hamilton on Saturday.
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Quad City matched a franchise record – attained three times last season – with six goals in its 6-2 win at Iowa on Tuesday… Jamie Lundmark matched a franchise high with four points (1-3-4) in the Flames’ 5-3 triumph over Peoria on Friday, a game in which Quad City tied yet another franchise high with three power play goals… The Flames have killed off 31 of their opponents’ last 32 power play opportunities dating back to Nov. 7… Tuesday’s game began a stretch that sees the Flames play 11 consecutive games against West Division opponents, and Friday’s home tilt against Chicago is the first of eight straight in the state of Illinois for the Flames.
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Rochester brings a five-game winless skid (0-4-0-1) into Friday’s game against Manchester, which is the Amerks’ only contest of the weekend… Stefan Meyer has netted a goal in three of his last four games (3-1-4) for Rochester, and rookie Michal Repik has contributed a point in four of his last five outings (2-2-4)… Defenseman Jordan Hendry is riding a three-game scoring streak (1-2-3) after not finding the scoresheet in any of his first four outings with the Americans… Rochester is killing penalties at a league-low rate of 74.2 percent through 17 games.
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Rockford captured back-to-back wins last weekend on the heels of a six-game winless skid (0-5-0-1)… Goaltender Antti Niemi ranks fourth in the AHL with a 1.63 goals-against average through nine appearances (5-3-1), and his .943 save percentage is good for fifth-best in the league… Niemi hasn’t allowed more than three goals in a game yet this season and has allowed three markers just twice… Rockford has six regulation wins thus far and has received game-winning goals from six different players… The IceHogs’ power play currently ranks second in the league at 22.1 percent… Rob Klinkhammer has registered a goal in his last two games after going without a score in his previous eight outings.
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San Antonio currently sits at 2-13-0-1 after 16 games this season; Last year, the Rampage showed an 8-5-1-2 mark after 16 contests… The Rampage are on a franchise-record 10-game winless skid (0-9-0-1), having last captured a victory on Oct. 25, a 5-1 final over Iowa… San Antonio has scored exactly one goal in a game 10 times this season… Derek Nesbitt collected his first goal of the campaign in the Rampage’s 3-1 loss to league-leading Bridgeport on Tuesday… Goaltender Josh Tordjman made 23 saves in a losing effort that night… The Rampage travel north for a pair of games against Manitoba on Thursday and Friday before returning home to host Worcester on Sunday.
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Wednesday’s 3-0 loss at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton marked the Crunch’s first shutout against since Feb. 18, 2008, a 5-0 defeat at Lake Erie in a game that turned out to be their final regulation loss of the 2007-08 regular season… Wednesday’s defeat snapped Syracuse’s points streak at six games (5-0-0-1)… Derek MacKenzie notched six points (3-3-6) in four games for the Crunch last week before going scoreless against the Penguins… Rookie forward Nikita Filatov is scoreless in four straight games on the heels of a four-game scoring run… The Crunch have converted 31.0 percent of their power play tries on home ice, the second best mark in the league.
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Toronto snapped a season-high five-game winless skid (0-4-0-1) with a 5-2 triumph at Rochester on Wednesday… The Marlies had posted an identical 5-2 win in their other trip to Rochester this season, on Oct. 31… Kris Newbury registered a goal and two assists on Wednesday for his fourth three-point effort of the young season; Newbury is pacing the Marlies’ offense with 15 points (5-10-15) in 14 games, and his plus-3 rating is also tops on the team… Jeremy Williams scored twice against the Amerks, and his six goals overall (6-1-7) are now tied with Andre Deveaux (6-2-8) for the team lead… Toronto visits Binghamton on Friday before welcoming Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to Ricoh Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.