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PREVIEW: Chicago Steel vs. Dubuque Fighting Saints

04/27/2017, 10:30am CDT
By USHL

Eastern Conference Final matchup between the Chicago Steel and Dubuque Fighting Saints.

 

Overall Record

Chicago: 38-17-2-3, 81 points

Dubuque: 36-17-5-2, 79 points

 

Home Record

Chicago: 20-8-0-2

Dubuque: 18-8-3-1

 

Road Record

Chicago: 18-9-2-1

Dubuque: 18-9-2-1

 

Head-to-Head

Teams split season series 2-2

  • October 1, 2016: Chicago 6, Dubuque 3
  • November 26, 2016: Dubuque 3, Chicago 1
  • December 28, 2016: Chicago 6, Dubuque 5
  • March 24, 2016: Dubuque 3, Chicago 1

 

Playoff Record

Chicago: 3-2

Dubuque: 3-1

 

Leading Scorer

Chicago: Reggie Lutz, 47 points (24G, 23A)

Dubuque: Zach Solow, 69 points (18G, 51A)

 

Leading Rookie

Chicago: Tyler Gratton, 22 points (10G, 12A)

Dubuque: Cole Guttman, 54 points (27G, 27A)

 

Leading Defenseman

Chicago: Graham Lillibridge, 28 points (4G, 24A)

Dubuque: Patrick Kudla, 38 points (8G, 30A)

 

Leading Goaltender

Chicago: Ales Stezka, 22-10-1-2, 2.28 GAA, .916 SV%, 4 shutouts

Dubuque: Jaxon Castor, 30-13-3-1, 2.35 GAA, .902 SV%, 4 shutouts

 

Power Play

Chicago: 16.0% (4th in East, 8th overall)

Dubuque: 21.6% (2nd in East, 2nd overall)

 

Penalty Kill

Chicago: 90.3% (1st in East, 1st overall)

Dubuque: 85.7% (3rd in East, 7th overall)

 

NHL Draft Picks

Chicago: Ales Stezka (Minnesota Wild)

Dubuque: Casey Staum (Montreal Canadiens), Patrick Kudla (Arizona Coyotes)

 

NHL Central Scouting Ranked Players

Chicago: Dayton Rasmussen (6), 17-16-0-2, 2.45 GAA, .912 SV%; Ben Miraegeas (63), 19 points (2G, 17A); Brannon McManus (191), 38 points (18G, 20A)

Dubuque: Jaxon Castor (23), 30-13-0-4, 2.35 GAA, .902 SV%; Tyce Thompson (160); Zach Solow (183), 69 points (18G, 51A)

 

Storylines

  • This matchup features the top-two teams in the Eastern Conference regular season standings. The last time the top two seeded teams in the Eastern Conference met in the Conference Final was 2011-12 when the top-seeded Green Bay Gamblers played against the Indiana Ice.
  • Dubuque has won a Clark Cup Playoffs series for the seventh consecutive season, matching their total Clark Cup Playoffs streak. The Fighting Saints have won two Clark Cup Championships, and have played in the Clark Cup Final three times over the seven-year period.
  • Dubuque will be looking to advance to the Clark Cup Final in back-to-back seasons.
  • Chicago will be playing in the team’s first Clark Cup Conference Final since the 2007-08 season.
  • Special teams might be the biggest factor in the series. Chicago led the USHL in the regular season with a 90.3% on the penalty kill, while Dubuque was second in the league with a 21.6% conversion rate on the man advantage.
  • This will be an exciting series for NHL scouts to watch, as both teams feature three players who were listed on the NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings. 

 

2017 CLARK CUP HUB

 

 

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 15th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2016-17. 30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in four consecutive NHL Drafts, and more than 400 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.

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