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"Game Time" Prospect Sunday Apr. 26, 2015: Playoff Edition, Vol. 4

While the Blues teeter on the brink, the Chicago Wolves head east to upstate New York with their Calder Cup playoff series even at a game apiece. Ivan Barbashev and the Moncton Wildcats -- the GTPD's last shot at a berth in this year's Memorial Cup -- trail Quebec two games to none in the QMJHL semifinals. Up-to-the-minute prospect stats... and Team USA faces Finland today for the Gold medal at the U18 World Junior Championship in Switzerland.

The Wolves will have to win two of three in Utica for this scene to be repeated. Photo by
The Wolves will have to win two of three in Utica for this scene to be repeated. Photo by
Ross Dettman / CHI Wolves

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Chicago

WOLVES GAME RECAPS

Apr. 22, 2015 -- WOLVES 2 vs Utica 3 2OT (box score)

Apr. 24, 2015 -- WOLVES 2 vs Utica 1 (box score)

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Apr. 22, 2015

Wolves rally to force OT, but Utica prevails

ROSEMONT, IL --- Chicago Wolves forward Magnus Pääjärvi’s goal with one second left forced overtime, but Utica recovered to earn a 3-2 victory at 3:10 of the second extra period Wednesday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals at Allstate Arena.
Pääjärvi scored both goals for the eighth-seeded Wolves, who rallied after surrendering two goals in the opening 10:28. Chicago and Utica return to Allstate Arena for Game 2 at 7 p.m. Friday.
"That game could have gone either way," said Wolves head coach John Anderson. "It’s just one game. Let’s strap it on again Friday."

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Apr. 24, 2015

Wolves square series with 2-1 triumph

ROSEMONT, IL --- Jeremy Welsh’s second-period goal stood up as the game-winner as the Chicago Wolves evened their Western Conference Quarterfinals with a 2-1 victory over Utica on Friday night at Allstate Arena.
Defenseman Brent Regner scored a goal and added an assist for the Wolves (1-1) while goaltender Jordan Binnington rejected 30 of 31 shots to earn the win. The scene shifts to Utica for the rest of the best-of-five series with Game 3 at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
"I thought our goalie was the best player on the ice tonight," said Wolves head coach John Anderson. "I thought we did a lot of good clearing. We didn't give them a ton of good cycles in our zone."
"I felt confident and the team was doing a very good job of blocking out and I was able to see the majority of the shots," Binnington said. "In the playoffs, you need that extra compete level and I think our team has that."

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Wolves' 2014-15 Scoring and Penalty Statistics

Wolves' 2014-15 Goaltending Statistics

Chicago

DATE ... OPPONENT TIME VENUE
04-29-15 at UTICA 7:00 PM EDT War Memorial Auditorium, Utica, NY
05-01-15 at UTICA 7:00 PM EDT War Memorial Auditorium, Utica, NY
05-02-15 at UTICA (if necessary) 7:00 PM EDT War Memorial Auditorium, Utica, NY

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President's CupQMJHL PLAYOFFS: Semifinals

The second-seeded Moncton Wildcats are taking on the fourth seed Quebec Remparts in the semifinal round of the QMJHL playoffs. Blues' prospect Ivan Barbashev currently leads all QMJHL playoff goal scorers with 13, and is third in the overall playoff scoring race with 24 points in 14 games.

LINK to series preview at the QMJHL website (in English) with complete head-to-head comparisons for the 2014-15 season.

LINK to expanded playoff brackets at the QMJHL website; scroll down for the Moncton/Quebec series.

WILDCATS SEMIFINAL ROUND GAME RECAPS

Apr. 23, 2015 -- WILDCATS 1 vs Quebec 4 (box score)

Apr. 25, 2015 -- WILDCATS 3 vs Quebec 4 (box score)

WILDCATS SEMIFINAL ROUND GAME SCHEDULE

DATE ... OPPONENT TIME VENUE
04-27-15 at QUEBEC 7:00 PM EDT Colisee Pepsi, Quebec, QC
04-28-15 at QUEBEC 7:00 PM EDT Colisee Pepsi, Quebec, QC
05-01-15 vs QUEBEC (if necessary) 7:00 PM ADT Moncton Coliseum, Moncton, NB
05-03-15 at QUEBEC (if necessary) 3:00 PM EDT Colisee Pepsi, Quebec, QC
05-05-15 vs QUEBEC (if necessary) 7:00 PM ADT Moncton Coliseum, Moncton, NB

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Prospect Statistics Update

Below is a link to a Word Online document with up-to-date stats for all the Blues' prospects in the 2014-15 season. Click on the "Full Page View" icon (lower right-hand corner) to view the file in a large and easy-to-read display. Stat lines in RED are stats from players still active in this season's playoffs.

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