Gamblers Pregame Primer: Chicago, Dec. 10

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Taking three of four games on their latest road trip, the Gamblers (12-6-4) will return home to the Resch Center Tuesday, Dec. 10 for their fifth game against the Chicago Steel (8-15-1) this season. Under head coach Derek Lalonde, Green Bay holds true to a 10-0-0 record against the Steel on its home ice and have outscored Chicago 4.6 to 2.35 on average over 20 games since the start of 2011.

Let’s take a look at several more historic stats between the two clubs.

Season Series: Green Bay 3-1-0, Chicago 1-3-0
2012-2013 Season Series: Green Bay 7-0-1, Chicago 1-7-0
Record vs. Chicago Under Derek Lalonde: 18-1-1
Record @ home vs. Chicago since 2011: 10-0-0
Average score over 20 games since 2011: Green Bay 4.6, Chicago 2.35

Team Season Stats
Green Bay: 28 PTS | 11.5% shot-conversion rate | 90.2% save rate
Chicago: 17 PTS | 6.9% shot-conversion rate | 90.6% save rate

Individual Season Leaders
Points: Nick Schmaltz (22), CJ Smith (14)
Goals: Ryan Lough (11), CJ Smith (9)
Assists: Nick Schmaltz (14), John Ernsting (9)

Goaltender Comparison
Jared Rutledge (GB): 
2.81 GAA, 90.8% save-rate
Chris Nell (CHI): 3.17 GAA, 91.1% save-rate

Additional Notes

  • Chicago comes into Tuesday’s game with an Eastern-Conference low 17 points through 24 games. They also own the league’s longest losing streak (10 games) to this point in the season.
  • The Steel have converted with goals on just 10.4 percent of their power play opportunities thus far, ranking second-worst in the USHL to Fargo’s 9.24 percent. The Gamblers’ 17.6% power-play scoring rate is slightly above league average, which is typically 16.5 percent.
  • Green Bay enters the contest with the conference’s second-best penalty kill rate at 86.41 percent.

Game Briefs

9/21/13 — Green Bay 5, Chicago 1 — Green Bay goaltender Jared Rutledge allowed just one goal into the net in the contest, saving 39 of Chicago’s 40 shots. Evan Tironese scored the season-opening goal five minutes in, while Ryan Lough, Sebastian Weberg, Brent Gates Jr. and Fredrik Olofsson contributed with goals of their own in the season-opening victory.

10/5/13 — Green Bay 3, Chicago 1 — While the Gamblers defense held Chicago to just 19 shots in the contest, Derek Lalonde’s offense scored three times (once in each period) on 37 attempts, with forward Kevin Irwin accounting for two of the scores and Lough distributing two assists.

10/26/13 — Green Bay 5, Chicago 2 — Nick Schmaltz put Green Bay up early with a breakaway goal 1:48 into the game, establishing a lead the Gamblers would not relinquish. Rutledge played all 60 minutes between the pipes for Lalonde and company, tallying 27 saves in 29 attempts en route to his team’s third victory over Chicago this season.

11/8/13 — Chicago 6, Green Bay 3 — Sprinting out to a 2-0 by the end of the first period, John Ernsting added three more goals to Chicago’s total in the game’s final period to give the Steel its first victory over Green Bay in 2013-2014. The 6-3 regulation loss was the Gamblers’ first to Chicago under Lalonde.

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