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CHICAGO WOLVES (AHL):
The Chicago Wolves' first season as the AHL affiliate of the Blues ends not with a bang, but with a whimper as John Anderson's squad was swept out of the second round of the AHL Calder Cup playoffs by the Toronto Marlies.
The Wolves' playoff failure this year sounds remarkably like that of their parent team in St. Louis. Like the Blues, the Wolves' biggest problem was a lack of offense, particularly on the power play (just 2 for 14, or 14.3%, vs. Toronto) and also like the Blues, the Wolves' goaltending let them down, in a big way.
Jake "The Snake" Allen, after winning the Baz Bastien Award as the AHL's top goaltender in the regular season, was disappointing to say the least in the playoffs with a 3-6 record, 3.29 GAA and 87.9 save percentage. Rookie Dmitrij Jaskin led the team in playoff scoring with a 4-5-9 scoring line (minus-3, 10 PM, 3 PPG, 2 GWG) in nine games, while winger Sebastian Wännström chipped in a goal and three points in six games, and was the only forward on the Wolves to finish the post-season with a positive plus/minus at plus-1).
Game Stories (from TheAHL.com):
Playoff Scoring/Goaltending Stats (from TheAHL.com):
LINK to Wolves' playoff scoring stats as of this morning.
LINK to Wolves' playoff goaltending stats as of this morning.
|05-09-14||CHI 2 vs TOR 5||7:30 PM CDT||Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL|
|05-10-14||CHI 2 vs TOR 4||7:00 PM CDT||Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL|
|05-14-14||CHI 3 at TOR 4 (OT)||7:00 PM EDT||RICOH Coliseum, Toronto, ON|
|05-16-14||CHI 0 at TOR 4||7:00 PM EDT||RICOH Coliseum, Toronto, ON|
INDIANA ICE (USHL):
And then there was one...
After splitting the first two games of the USHL Clark Cup Final in Waterloo, the Indiana Ice returned home to Indianapolis for what may be the last time in franchise history. And just like they did in Iowa, the Ice and Blackhawks split the two games in Indianapolis, sending the series back to Waterloo for a winner-take-all Game Five on Tuesday night.
Right wing Sam Kurker is now the only Blues' prospect still active in this season's playoffs. Kurker currently sits third on the Ice and 17th in the USHL in playoff scoring, with three goals and six points (plus-3, 6 PM, 1 GWG) in 11 games played.
Game Stories (from USHL.com):
|05-09-14||IND 2 at WAT 4||7:05 PM CDT||Young Arena, Waterloo, IA|
|05-10-14||IND 3 at WAT 2 (2 OT)||7:05 PM CDT||Young Arena, Waterloo, IA|
|05-16-14||IND 4 vs WAT 1||7:05 PM EDT||Pan Am Center, Indianapolis, IN|
|05-17-14||IND 2 vs WAT 7||7:05 PM EDT||Pan Am Center, Indianapolis, IN|
|05-20-14||at||WATERLOO||7:05 PM CDT||Young Arena, Waterloo, IA|
In "The '14 File" at 1414 hours (2:14 PM CDT for you civilians), we'll take a closer look at players that the Blues might have a shot at late in the first round, now that they've failed to meet the conditions that would have sent that pick to Buffalo in the Miller deal.
Since Tuesday's Indiana-Waterloo game is -- win or lose -- the last game to be played this season that will feature a current Blues' prospect, we're holding off one more week before finishing up the Blues' 2014 Prospect Scoring Stats. Tune in next week for the rundown on what every prospect accomplished this season, and check out "Trending Up" for the final "Fab Five" of the 2013-14 season.