Game PreviewMar 4, 2018
Game Day Info:
Hartford Wolf Pack vs. Charlotte Checkers
Puck Drop: Sunday, March 4 at 3 p.m.
The Wolf Pack are 2-3-0-0 on the year vs. the Checkers, but have won the last two meetings at the XL Center after a loss in Charlotte’s first visit. The Checkers split their games so far this weekend, with a 6-3 loss to the Providence Bruins on Friday and a 3-2 overtime win against the Springfield Thunderbirds last night. The Checkers currently hold the last playoff position, with a 32-24-0-3 record and 67 points.
Last Time Out:
The Wolf Pack fell to the Providence Bruins yesterday in a 6-2 loss. Wolf Pack goals were scored by Gabriel Fontaine and Ryan Sproul, while Chris Nell made 27 saves on 33 shots.
Thus far, the Pack are 26-26-5-3 on the season with a .500 win percentage, which places them sixth in the ultra-competitive Atlantic Division with 60 points from 60 games played. The Pack sit behind the fifth place Bridgeport Sound Tigers, who have collected 64 points from 58 games played for a 0.552 win percentage. Following the first place Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the Wilkes/Barre Scranton Penguins, Providence Bruins and Checkers currently hold the remaining playoff positions.
Players to Watch:
#10 Cole Schneider
In 53 games played, Cole Schneider has scored 11 goals and notched 23 assists for a tied team-leading 34 points. The left wing is in his first season with the Wolf Pack, but he is no stranger to Connecticut, as he played collegiately for UConn. Schneider led the Rochester Americans last season in points (63), assists (39) and +/- (+9), and tied for fourth on team in PIM (45.)
#19 Andrew Miller
Andrew Miller has totaled 51 points this season with 15 goals and 36 assists in 53 games. Miller is currently in his second full season with the Checkers, and contributed 11 goals and 30 assists for 41 points in 55 games played last season, ranking him third amongst Checkers skaters. The 29-year-old forward has played in 15 NHL games with the Edmonton Oilers in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons, where he tallied one goal and five assists for six points. The Oilers signed Miller as a free agent following his four-year collegiate career at Yale University where he captured the NCAA championship in 2013.
Coming Up Next:
The Pack will be back home at the XL Center March 16 and 18 to face the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and Rochester Americans. For tickets and information, visit the Hartford Wolf Pack ticketing site or call 866-762-6451.