Chicago seeks to defend its Illinois Lottery Cup title after winning seven of the 12 games last year versus Rockford.
Saturday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m.
Team Record: 2-2-0-1
Last Game: 2-3 L vs. Rochester (Oct. 22)
Season Series: 0-0-0-0
Last Meeting: 2-4 Road Loss (April 13)
Team Record: 3-0-2-0
Last Game: 2-3 L vs. Milwaukee (Oct. 24)
Season Series: 0-0-0-0
Last Meeting: 4-2 Home Win (April 13)
- Tonight marks the first meeting this year between Midwest division rivals Chicago and Rockford and the 77th all-time regular-season meeting between the clubs.
- The Wolves claimed their first Illinois Lottery Cup last season, edging the IceHogs 15-12 in points earned during the series between the two; Chicago finished third in the 2012-13 competition behind Peoria (11 wins in 22 games) and Rockford (13 wins in 24 games).
- Forward TERRY BROADHURST joined the Wolves organization over the summer after parts of three seasons with the IceHogs; this will be his first time he and his younger brother, Alex, a Rockford center, face off as professionals.
For the fourth year in a row, the Illinois Lottery is sponsoring the Illinois Lottery Cup to reward the best American Hockey League team in the Land of Lincoln. The team that nets the most wins in the 12-game series between the Wolves and Rockford IceHogs will hoist the cup at season’s end.
By The Numbers
92 – The Wolves pace the American Hockey League in fewest shots allowed per game as they’ve surrendered just 92 shots in five games (18.4 avg). Chicago has outshot its opponent in all five games this season, which marks the franchise’s first such five-game streak since April 1-12, 2014.
1.60 – The Wolves gave up just eight goals in their first five games — and just six during regulation time. Only the 2001-02 and 2008-09 teams were stingier as they allowed 7 goals in their first five games.
10 – The number of first-time Wolves on this year’s current roster (six forwards and four defensemen). Four of those 10 (JEREMY WELSH, COLIN FRASER, ROB BORDSON and PETTERI LINDBOHM) already have scored goals for Chicago.
Follow The Action
Tonight’s game begins at 7 p.m. and can be seen on The U-Too (channel 26.2). U-Too also can be found on XFinity’s Chs. 230 (HD) and 360 (SD), RCN’s Ch. 35 and WOW’s Ch. 170. The game can also be streamed on www.ahllive.com.
#12 Pat Cannone
“Pistol” Pat Cannone has come out this season guns blazing, tallying two goals and two assists in just five games. In 2013-14, it took Cannone 14 games into the season to see four points.
Centering the line with Shane Harper and John McCarthy, the 28-year-old vet has seemed to be at the right place at the right time. Whether he’s finding guys like Harper crashing in the slot or simply using his stickwork to dangle around defenders, Cannone is playing a huge role in the Wolves’ hot start.
While Friday night’s loss didn’t see Cannone crack the scoresheet for the first time in two games, don’t be surprised to see “Pistol” getting shots off and contributing. In eight games last season versus Rockford, Cannone tallied two goals and six assists.
#11 Peter Regin
As the only multi-goal scoring player for the IceHogs, the Rockford captain has been on a two-game pointless streak after scoring in their second and third games. Regin leads the team with four points and scored the overtime game-winner in the Icehogs game versus Hamilton on Oct. 18.
The Denmark native is spending his first season with Rockford after playing parts of his last six seasons with the Ottawa Senators, New York Islanders and Chicago Blackhawks, and will be a fresh face in this bitter in-state rivalry.
In his only other AHL season – with the Binghamton Senators – Regin tallied 18 goals and 47 points. During this two-game pointless streak, the Icehogs have yet to find a victory, thus needing some help on the front lines from players like their captain.