The Wolf Pack start the final week of 2004 just four points out of first place in the Atlantic Division. The club has a record of 21-7-1-2, including a current four game winning streak. The club is 9-2-0-0 in its last 11 games. The Wolf Pack have given up the least goals against in the league, with 54 - a stat supported by the two best goalies in the AHL. Jason LaBarbera stands number one with a goals against average of 1.48, while Steve Valiquette is number two with a 1.70 GAA.THIS WEEK:
A quick start after Christmas - three road games in three days. Then the team just catches its breath before back-to-back contests against the Utah Grizzlies on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.Monday, December 27
Hartford at Providence - Dunkin' Donuts Center, 7:05 p.m.
The Pack are 3-3-0-0 against the Bruins this season, their last game a 3-2 shootout victory on December 18 at home. As of today, Providence sits in third place in the Atlantic Division with a record of 16-10-2-4 ... they have won five in a row at home. The Bruins currently have the third best power play in the league (19.31%). They scored 5 goals with the extra attacker versus Hershey on December 5. Radio - live on ESPN Radio 1410 with Bob Crawford and on the web at: www.hartfordwolfpack.com.Tuesday, December 28
Hartford at Worcester - DCU Center, 7:05 p.m.
The IceCats sit in fourth place, 8 points back of the Wolf Pack, with a record of 17-10-1-2 as of today. Currently, Worcester is the least penalized team in the league, averaging only 15.13 minutes per game ... they also have given up the least shots per game at 26.17. The IceCats are 6-0-0-1 when leading after the first period. The Wolf Pack have a record of 3-1-0-0 against the IceCats, winning their last meeting in a shootout 2-1 back on December 12 in Hartford. On the web only at: www.hartfordwolfpack.com.Friday, December 31
Hartford vs. Utah - Hartford Civic Center, 4:05 p.m.
The Grizzlies pay their first visit of the season to the Hartford Civic Center on New Year's Eve for a back-to-back match-up against the Wolf Pack. The Grizzlies are in last place in the West Division with a record of 9-19-0-2
The Phoenix Coyotes' affiliate sports the lowest penalty killing average in the league, giving up 33 goals in 159 opportunities (79.25%). It's Guida's Family Value Night - a family of four can purchase a package for as low as $44 and receive tickets to the game, refreshments and a Wolf Pack souvenir ... call 548-2000 for more information. Radio - live on ESPN Radio 1410 with Bob Crawford and on the web at: www.hartfordwolfpack.com.Saturday, January 1
Hartford vs. Utah - Hartford Civic Center, 7:05 p.m.
The second of four meetings between the two clubs. Hartford travels to Utah in March for two away games. The Wolf Pack welcome Radio Disney's Aaron Carter and Fan 3 to the game. They will perform live before the game and during intermissions. Radio - live on ESPN Radio 1410 with Bob Crawford and on the web at: www.hartfordwolfpack.comINJURIES:
Jed Ortmeyer (sprained right knee) - 3-4 weeks
David Liffiton (right shoulder sprain) - 3-4 weeks
Thomas Pöck (left ankle sprain) - 3-4 weeks
Trevor Gillies (broken left foot) - 6 -8 weeks
Blair Betts (right shoulder) - had surgery December 23, out indefinitelyRECENT TRANSACTIONS:
December 20, 2004 - Ryan Glenn returned to Charlotte of the ECHL
December 25, 2004 - Steve MacIntyre recalled from Charlotte of the ECHLLOOKING AHEAD:
January 15 is the date of this season's scout sleepover ... baseball caps will be given away to everyone in attendance at the game courtesy of Match-Up Promotions ... Red Wolf tickets are almost completely sold out for the game.
The 96.5 TIC Acoustic Café -Volume IV CD to benefit the Wolf Pack Community Foundation is available at Strawberries or FYE locations in Connecticut, Big Y World Class Markets in Connecticut and Massachusetts, FootPrints Family Super Shoe Store in Newington or the Hartford Wolf Pack store. CD's are only $9.65 and contain a voucher for a free Wolf Pack ticket (value $16.50).