The Chicago Wolves enter the second-to-last week of the season with a league-high seven games remaining and magic number of 11 to secure a postseason berth. Following big wins in Toronto and Hamilton last week, both teams that are fighting for one of the final seeds, the Wolves saw their seven-game win streak snapped at the hands of the Texas Stars on Saturday. The team has the chance to rebound quickly as they host Lake Erie tonight before closing out the season with Friday/Saturday/Sunday three-in-three sets this weekend and next. Chicago (79 points/69 games) leads a group of six squads battling for the No. 7 and 8 positions in the Western Conference, with Milwaukee (79/71), Hamilton (76/70), Toronto (75/69), Adirondack (74/69), and Lake Erie (74/69) still in contention.
Two seven-game streaks collide tonight as the Chicago Wolves host the Texas Stars for the final time in the regular season. The Wolves carry a season-high seven-game winning streak into the tilt while the Stars hold a seven-game winning streak against Chicago. The last time the Wolves defeated the Stars was on March 5, 2013, and the team is on the brink of back-to-back season series sweeps.
The Wolves have enjoyed tremendous regular-season success in Ontario over the last four-plus seasons. Including Wednesday’s win, Chicago owns a 5-1-0-0 mark at Toronto and a 5-0-0-0 record at Hamilton heading into the team’s final regular-season appearance at Copps Coliseum.
HAMILTON, Ont. --- Left wing Magnus Paajarvi posted four points as the Chicago Wolves extended their season-high winning streak to seven games with a 4-2 triumph over the Hamilton Bulldogs on Thursday night at the FirstOntario Centre.
Chicago Wolves individual playoff tickets for the first round of the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs go on sale to the public at 11 a.m. on Friday. The American Hockey League’s postseason schedule will be released after the Wolves wrap up their regular season on Sunday, April 19, with a 4 p.m. game against Toronto at Allstate Arena.
Despite being in the final three weeks of the season, the Wolves are seeing an opponent for the first time tonight. Chicago and Toronto have not faced off since the Marlies completed the second-round Calder Cup playoff sweep of the Wolves on May 16, 2014, 10-and-a-half months ago.