Wolves: Scouting the Enemy

(Photo Credit: Scott Paulus)
Marek Mazanec will need to be a source of composure in net if the Milwaukee Admirals are going to steady the ship tonight. (Photo Credit: Scott Paulus)

Considering how last night played out perhaps the very best thing to come out of it is that there is a game tonight. The Milwaukee Admirals are facing a foe in the Chicago Wolves who they have seen ad nauseam for what feels like the last month or so now. The familiarity factor is incredibly high – as is playing at the Allstate Arena. After tonight’s game is said and done the Admirals play in Chicago two more times this month and they won’t have to travel into the Allstate Arena again for the rest of the regular season.

The Wolves enter this game with a record of 21-12-3-2 (47 points, 0.618 points percentage). They are in third place in the Central Division behind the Admirals (0.647) and Griffins (0.691). The Wolves are the most taxed team in the AHL in terms of games played to date, 38 games. They have played 4 games more to this point in the season than the Admirals.

As far as entertainment goes, whether you like them or not, the Wolves this season are a massively entertaining group to watch play. They have scored the most goals in the AHL this season (134) for an average of 3.53 goals forced per game. They also average 2.84 goals allowed per game as well as 13.9 penalty minutes per game.

At the forefront of this surging Wolves group, that has a record of 8-2-0-0 in their last 10 games, is AHL All-Star Kenny Agostino. It has been an incredible season for the 24-year old forward. He leads the AHL in scoring this season with 50 points (15 goals, 35 assists) in 38 games. The next closest to him in the league scoring race is 12 points behind.

Agostino is surrounded by a solid cast of forwards. Wade Megan and Ivan Barbashyov both have 34 points on the season. There are then three other players that are a goal away from reaching the double-digit plateau in Andrew AgozzinoSamuel Blais, and Bryce Gervais.

And, while the amount of goals allowed this season are still a touch high, the efforts in net this season for Pheonix Copley has been a real bright spot. He has a record of 9-4-1-1 from 16 games this season with a 2.42 goals against average, 0.914 save percentage, and a shutout.

The Wolves are up on the Amtrak Rivalry this season with a 4-1-1-1 record. They have beaten the Admirals in the last four meetings and scored 21 goals from open play in the process. In the last meeting, the Wolves won at home in a 4-3 shootout.

Expectations for tonight’s game? What will the Milwaukee Admirals need to do to limit the scoring ability of the Chicago Wolves? How nice will it be to have Vladislav Kamenev back for the Admirals tonight and can he be the spark plug they needed last night?

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