Wolves: Scouting the Enemy

(Photo Credit: Ross Dettman)
Thankfully the Chicago Wolves won’t have AHL league leader in points Kenny Agostino in their lineup tonight. Though, based on last night’s result in Chicago, the Wolves might not need him to still do serious damage. (Photo Credit: Ross Dettman)

When looking at who the Milwaukee Admirals face during this weekend’s three-in-three set it is worth noting that every team is in the same boat. The Rockford IceHogs are in action tonight. And the Chicago Wolves who arrive this evening are sandwiching this Admirals game with two home games against the San Antonio Rampage.

The Wolves absolutely throttled the daylights out of the Rampage last night. They earned a 7-3 win in Chicago and pulled that performance off without AHL league leading scorer Kenny Agostino who is currently up with the St. Louis Blues. Chris Butler scored 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists), Brett Sterling scored 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists), and Wade Megan scored 2 goals.

Agostino or not the Wolves offense is lethal. They have the most potent offense in the Western Conference by scoring 168 goals this season. The next closest to them are the Grand Rapids Griffins who are standing at 156 goals. The Admirals have 128 goals this season in three less games work compared to the Wolves.

The Griffins still lead the Central Division but the Wolves are in the hunt in second place with a record of 28-16-3-3 (62 points, 0.620 points percentage). They have won three straight games entering tonight’s contest. The Admirals (0.606) are in third place and have gone 4-5-0-1 this season against the Wolves. The Amtrak Trophy already belongs to the Wolves this season.

Pheonix Copley has really emerged as the Wolves go-to option over the likes of Jordan Binnington and Ville Husso. Copley has now logged the most games and minutes in net and his play is justifying it: 12-5-1-2 record from 21 games played with a 2.37 goals against average, 0.918 save percentage, and he has earned a lone shutout this season. Against the Admirals this year Copley has made 7 appearances and has gone 5-1-1-0 with a 2.25 goals against average and 0.924 save percentage.

Expectations for tonight’s Amtrak Rivalry game? Are you concerned that some of the hiccups in the Milwaukee Admirals defensive game lately could get exploited with the explosive Chicago Wolves offense tonight? Should Jonas Gunnarsson, who hasn’t seen a start in six games – nineteen days, finally get rotated into the Admirals net?

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