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Game #3 Preview: Tucson at Chicago

By: Alexander Kinkopf
Game #3 – Tucson (1-1-0-0) at Chicago (1-1-1-0)
5:00 PM PST, Allstate Arena, Chicago, Illinois
Referees: #19 Tim Mayer, #21 Chris Pontes
Linesmen: #52 Ian McCambridge, #53 Jonathan Sladeck
HELLO, CHICAGO: Tonight marks the first of four meetings with the Wolves this season, and the first of two visits to Chicago’s Allstate Arena. The Roadrunners are playing the second of a four-game road trip; they’re coming off of a 4-0 win over the Bakersfield Condors on Saturday night. The Wolves are playing the second of a four-game home stand; they’re coming off of a 5-2 win over the Ontario Reign last Saturday.
FIRST THINGS FIRST: The Roadrunners will be playing the Wolves for the first time in franchise history. Chicago is one of four Central Division teams Tucson will make its debut against in 2017-18. The Roadrunners have only played one other Central Division club, the Manitoba Moose, who they posted a 2-1-1-0 mark against in four meetings last season.
PROJECTED LINEUP: The team held a pregame morning skate at Allstate Arena ahead of tonight’s game. Per club policy, specifics regarding the team’s lineup will not be published until 3:00 PM this afternoon. *UPDATED:
SISLO (9) - STROME (91) - MERKLEY (38)
ETEM (26) - MACINNIS (72) - PEDERSON (18)
LOOKE (24) - GAUDET (10) - GARLAND (8)
ALLEN (29) - CHEEK (39) - LATTA (46)
HANLEY (44) - MAYO (37)
MISKA (35)
ALL OVER THE PLACE: All of the Roadrunners’ 10 goals scored through their first two games of the season have come from separate players. 14 players have recorded at least one point through two games. Can the team continue to receive balanced scoring tonight against the Wolves?
POWER PLAY PLUG: The Wolves enter the night with the top power play unit in the American Hockey League, chiming in with a 40.0% success rate (6-for-15). The Roadrunners have killed off 70% of their opponents’ power play opportunities (7-for-10), including all three in last Saturday’s win over the Condors. Can the Roadrunners keep the Wolves’ power play at bay tonight?
STEADY RHYTHM: The Roadrunners, who have played just two games through the first 13 days of the regular season, are beginning a three-game-in-five-day stretch tonight. “Our guys haven’t played a lot, we’ve only played two games, it’s been a lot of practicing, and I think they just want to get into some games at this point,” Head Coach Mike Van Ryn said during the week. Can the Roadrunners their rejuvenated game schedule on a positive note with a win tonight?
ALLSTATE INSURANCE: The Wolves were virtually unbeatable on home ice at Allstate Arena last season, where they posted a 27-7-3-1 record. Chicago, with a win in their home opener against the Ontario Reign last weekend, will be looking to continue their success in familiar territory. Can the Roadrunners pocket a pair of points in hostile territory tonight?
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: You can catch tonight’s action on AHL Live. Roadrunners play-by-play broadcaster Tom Callahan will have the radio call on AM 1450 Fox Sports Tucson. Radio coverage begins at 4:45 PM.