Friday, Nov. 27, 7:00 p.m. MetroCentre
The Chicago Wolves look to even their season series against the Rockford IceHogs this Friday at the MetroCentre in round two of the Illinois Lottery Cup rivalry. The IceHogs claimed the series opener on Oct. 23 with a 4-3 shootout win in Rockford.
The Wolves are winless in their last three (0-1-1) visits to Rockford. The team’s last win occurred Jan. 19, 2015 (a 4-1 decision). Tonight’s contest marks the start of three games in three days for the Wolves, marking the busiest 72 hours of the season thus far. The team has three more three-in-threes slated for this season (Jan. 15-17, Feb. 26-28, March 18-20).
Chicago is coming off a 2-1 win over Iowa on Nov. 22, signaling a milestone for head coach JOHN ANDERSON. ANDERSON became the fifth coach in the AHL’s 80-year history to reach 400 regular-season wins while also logging his 600th regular-season victory with the Wolves.
Chicago enters tonight’s tilt having earned points in 11 of 14 games, including five of six road games. The Wolves are 3-1-1-1 on the road this season and are dead-even in scoring (21 goals for, 21 goals against.)
By The Numbers
0: The number of penalties IVAN BARBASHEV has taken in his first professional season.
3.5: The Wolves have an identical scoring average at home and on the road, averaging 3.5 goals per game.
42: Chicago’s season-high shot total from a 2-1 win over Iowa on Sunday. It was the most shots by the Wolves since March 22, 2015 (48 in a 4-1 win at Oklahoma City)
73: The distance in miles separating Illinois Lottery Cup rivals, Chicago and Rockford.