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Wolves Weekly Wrap Up: California nightmares
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02.04.18 08:59
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Wolves Weekly Wrap Up: California nightmares

The Chicago Wolves’ 14-game point streak came to a close in the first game of their California road trip, and what came after was nothing but bad https://www.knightsstoreonline.com/Mikha...ovski_Jersey-24.Seriously, when asked if there was anything positive about the road trip, Wolves’ coach Rocky Thompson said simply, “No.he Wolves ended up losing three out of four games in the last week, all on the road. Three of the games were in California, against the San Diego Gulls, Bakersfield Condors and Ontario Reign. Then, when the Wolves got back to the Midwest, they took on the Iowa Wild.The Bakersfield game was the only one the Wolves pulled any points out of. Tomas Hyka and Teemu Pulkkinen came up big in that game, the only two multi-point players in the contest. Those performances make up half the multi-point games over the four-game stretch, the other two being Ivan Barbashev against Ontario and Brett Sterling against Iowa.Missing Brandon Pirri for the last two games doesn help. Both of those players represent elite talents in the AHL. Pirri is the Wolves’ first-line center and Garrison is a top-pairing defender. When you lose two players like that, recovery isn going to be easy. So far, it hasn been.This losing stretch has pushed the Wolves out of the playoffs in a tightly packed Central Division. The five best offenses in the AHL Western Conference are all in the Central. The Wolves are number five. They have the third-best defense goaltending combo in the division, as well. Yet theye the odd team out. Still, there are positives. Barbashev made an impact over the St. Louis Blues’ bye week, as did Vince Dunn. Both had two points in two games. Tobias Lindberg had two assists and Teemu Pulkkinen had a goal and a helper. Max Lagace two games weren awful either, as he only allowed two goals in his loss to San Diego and won with 30 saves and only three goals allowed versus Bakersfield. He was injured in the game against Iowa, though. Kasimir Kaskisuo has had problems filling in full time for Lagace.3. Brett SterlingSterling is a veteran of the AHL. And his only drawback is his size. He stands at just 5’7” and, at 33 years old, missed the “size doesn matter” window that came around five years after he made his AHL debut. He a favorite player amongst Wolves’ fans and may see his number retired in Chicago William Carrier Jersey.This season, Sterling has 10 goals and 13 points in 24 games. He a major locker room presence and somebody who helps develop the younger, shorter talent on the team like Tyler Wong, who been a consistent linemate of Sterling this season.Through this four-game stretch, Sterling has two goals and three points, pitching in both goals against Iowa. His speed, shot, and ability to be more than his shorter stature is a part of why his offense comes to the forefront. A member of the defensive fourth line, Sterling also pitches in along the boards and on defense Brayden McNabb Jersey.If Sterling were four inches taller, he a fan-favorite NHL third liner. I think the Wolves are grateful to have him, though.2. Stefan MatteauIt feels like Stefan Matteau is finally back after his brief stint in Vegas. He hasn been consistently scoring since he returned to the Wolves, but something clicked in California, which has set him back on the right path. He scored two goals and an assist in the last four games, with both goals coming on the power play.His presence is sorely needed as the Wolves’ depth dwindles, and if he can continue to pitch in like this, it won be long before the Wolves are back on the right track. Matteau has been bouncing between lines in the last month, but this stretch may have solidified his spot with Tomas Hyka on the top line. The gameplan for Matteau after this stretch ust keep shooting,” said Matteau. “Keep being dangerous around the net and just keep shooting. You can score if you don shoot, so that the big thing.”1. Tomas HykaIt hard to argue with a goal and five points in four games, especially when Hyka chipped in three assists in the sole win. Hyka goal was pretty as well, as he collected a rebound and got behind the goaltender.Hyka already been talked about this week, but he chipped in three more power play points. This week has been exhausting for the Wolves, but Hyka was the least exhausting part.When asked for an NHL comparison for his game, Hyka had an interesting reply. t hard to say,” said Hyka. ecause I believe each player is a different player, but I like to watch Connor McDavid and these guys because theye really fast, skilled guys. But David Pastrnak, he kind of a similar player as me. He can skate, he can score.”

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