COMPLETE NUTRITION GAME PREVIEW VS MANITOBA 12.18.16Dec 18, 2016
Manitoba Moose (11-11-2-2, 26 points) at Iowa Wild (12-13-2-1, 27 points)
Iowa returns home after a successful two-game visit to Cleveland that resulted in three out of a possible four points. Iowa posted a 2-1 shootout win on Friday night at the Quicken Loans Arena. Manitoba returns to Des Moines for its final visit of the season. The Moose played a pair of games at Wells Fargo Arena in October to open the year. Iowa and Manitoba have met four times this season out of eight total meetings. The Wild leads the season series with three wins in four tries. The Moose is 1-1-1-1 against Iowa this year. Over the course of history, the Wild and the Moose have met a total of 12 times. Iowa leads the all-time series with a 9-3-0-0 record, including a 4-2-0-0 mark at home. Manitoba is 3-6-1-2 all-time, including a 2-3-0-1 mark in Des Moines.
Iowa is 6-9-0-1 at home this season and 5-3-2-0 over the last 10 outings. The Wild has been outscored by the road teams 51-42 this season. Manitoba is 5-7-1-1 on the road and 4-4-1-1 over the last ten games. The Moose is winless in five straight (0-3-1-1) after falling 4-2 in Rockford on Saturday. Manitoba has been outscored by the home team 46-35.
Team Date Time Radio / TV
vs. Manitoba 12/18 3:00 PM CT KXNO/ iHeartRadio
vs. Manitoba 12/19 7:00 PM CT KXNO/ iHeartRadio
vs. Rockford 12/26 7:00 PM CT KXNO/ iHeartRadio
at Milwaukee 12/28 7:00 PM CT KXNO/ iHeartRadio
at Rockford 12/30 7:00 PM CT KXNO/ iHeartRadio
12.17.16: Add – F Zac Dalpe / F Teemu Pulkkinen– assigned by Minnesota (NHL)
Last Time Out
The Iowa Wild defeated the Cleveland Monsters 2-1 in a shootout in front of 10,923 fans at Quicken Loans Arena on Friday night. Iowa defenseman Mike Reilly scored with 33 seconds left in regulation, tying the game and forcing the eventual overtime. Iowa Wild goalie Steve Michalek was solid in net, stopping 17 of 18 in regulation and four of five shootout attempts for the win. Iowa forward Alex Tuch scored the decisive shootout goal, helping the Wild take three of four points in Cleveland. Monsters goalie Joonas Korpisalo stopped 30 of 31 in regulation and three of five attempts in the shootout loss.
Through the first 28 games of the regular season, forward Jordan Schroeder leads the team in scoring with 12 assists and 17 points in 23 games played. Schroeder’s 12 assists are tied for first on the team. Center Pat Cannone is second on the team in scoring with 16 points in 28 games played. He is tied for the team lead with 12 assists and has a point in three straight games. Right wing Teemu Pulkkinen and rookie Alex Tuch are tied for third in scoring. Pulkkinen was recently recalled to Minnesota with eight goals and 15 points in 17 games played. Tuch has seven goals and eight assists for 15 points in 28 games played. He ranks in the top 20 for all AHL rookies in points. Defenseman Gustav Olofsson is next in scoring with 12 points, he leads all defensemen in points with three goals and nine assists in 26 games. Forward Colton Beck (3g-9a) and defenseman Mike Reilly (3g,8a) also rank among the team’s scoring leaders.
Veteran Alex Stalock and Steve Michalek split time in net for Iowa. Stalock is 7-7-2 with a 2.88 GAA and a .904 SV%. Michalek is 5-6-1 with a 2.91 GAA and a .915 SV%.
Iowa’s power play sits 22nd in the league after going 18-for 109 (16.5%). The Wild’s penalty kill sits 20th after stopping 89 of 111 (80.2%).
● Since Nov. 18, Iowa has killed off 42 of the last 49 penalties – 85.7%.
● Iowa’s Pat Cannone has 13 points (2g-11a) in his last 16 outings.
Rookie Jack Roslovic leads the Moose in scoring with 19 points in 25 games played. Roslovic has a team-high 11 assists this season and is tied for the team lead in goals with eight. He ranks tied for 5th in the AHL among all rookies in points. Fellow rookie Dan DeSalvo (8g,6a) is tied for second in points with 14 in only 15 gams played. Left wing Quinton Howden has seen quality time in Winnipeg this season. Howden has 14 points (7g,7a) in 21 games in a Moose uniform.
Second-year forward Chase De Leo is tied with Kevin Czuczman for fourth on the squad in points with 12 each. De Leo has five goals and 12 points in 21 outings. Czuczman leads all Moose defenders in points with four goals and eights assists in 25 games.
Goalies Eric Comrie and Ondrej Pavalec share time in net for Manitoba. Comrie sees the majority of time and is 6-7-2 with a 2.90 GAA and a .909 SV %. Pavelec is 5-3-2 with a 3.08 GAA and a .907 SV %.
Manitoba’s power play is 17th, going 19-for-110 (17.3%). The Moose is 28th on the penalty kill, stopping 85 of 112 (75.9%).