After dropping Wednesday morning’s game 4-1 to Adirondack, the Chicago Wolves will look to rebound this weekend as they play a home-and-home against Iowa on Saturday and Sunday before hosting Grand Rapids on Monday.
Saturday, Dec. 20, 7 p.m.
Team Record: 8-17-1-1
Last Game: 5-1 W vs. Rockford (Dec. 16)
Season Series: 0-3-0-0
Last Meeting: 3-2 Road Loss (Nov. 22)
Team Record: 14-10-3-0
Last Game: 4-1 L vs Adirondack (Dec. 17)
Season Series: 3-0-0-0
Last Meeting: 3-2 Home Win (Nov. 22)
After dropping Wednesday morning’s game 4-1 to Adirondack, the Chicago Wolves will look to rebound this weekend as they play a home-and-home against Iowa on Saturday and Sunday before hosting Grand Rapids on Monday. The Wolves are a combined 5-0-0-0 against the Wild and the Griffins this season and will look to celebrate the holidays with some wins following the three-in-three.
This is Chicago’s third of six sets of three games in three days this season. They are 3-2-1-0 in them thus far.
After posting points percentages above .600 in both October (.714) and November (.633), the Wolves’ mark has plummeted in December as the team has stumbled to a 1-4-0-0 record (.200) in the final month of 2014. The last time the team failed to post two wins in their first five games of a month was December 2011 (1-2-1-1), finishing 7-5-1-1.
Last season the Wolves also dropped their first home game of December before going on to post a 5-1-0-0 record at Allstate Arena that month. A December 8 win over Oklahoma City marked the beginning of the team’s franchise-record 17-game home point streak that ran until March.
By The Numbers
3 – Power-play goals allowed by the Wolves in the team’s 4-1 loss to Adirondack on Wednesday. It is just the second time this season that Chicago has allowed multiple man-advantage markers in a game, with the other instance coming in the team’s last game against Iowa on Nov. 22 when the penalty kill went 2-for-4.
.400 – The Wolves’ points percentage (2-3-0-0) against the North Division this season following Wednesday’s loss. The North is the only division against which Chicago is below .500 in 2014-15.
0 – Games the Wolves have lost when leading after either the first period (6-0-0-0) or the second period (12-0-0-0). Only Chicago, Utica, and Worcester hold perfect records when leading in either intermission this season.
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.
#4 Petteri Lindbohm
At a time when the Wolves are dressing every defenseman capable of playing, their former top-scoring defenseman has been returned on loan from the NHL.
Before his recall up to the big leagues at the beginning of December, Lindbohm was leading all Wolves defenseman in goals scored with four. He was just behind Brent Regner in scoring with eight points.
In eight games with the St. Louis Blues, Lindbohm tallied an assist and six penalty minutes — his assist coming in Thursday night’s 6-5 loss to the Los Angeles Kings. Lindbohm brings another scoring threat to the Wolves blue line, especially on the power play.
#55 Matt Dumba
After losing six of their last seven games to end November, the Iowa Wild have split their recent six. Scoring this season has been a challenge, as they have the second-worst goal differential (-22) in the Western Conference.
Since his call up in late November, Dumba has been a bright light for the Wild’s offense, tallying three goals and four assists in his first AHL ice time since the 2013 Calder Cup playoffs with the Houston Aeros. His point per game average is best on the team.
Coming off the big win over the Midwest Division leader Rockford IceHogs — in which Dumba tallied a goal and an assist — the Wild are riding high. Especially after their goalies had to split time to come up with 58 saves on 59 shots in that game.