Tuesday, Dec. 15, 7:00 p.m. Quicken Loans Arena
Chicago takes on its nemesis to the north with an Amtrak Rivalry game against Milwaukee tonight at the Bradley Center. The Wolves close a four-game road trip this evening and won’t pack their bags again until Dec. 28 (a return trip to Milwaukee).
Now in its seventh season, the Amtrak Rivalry has produced closer results as the series has unfolded this season. Chicago opened with a 5-1 blowout on Oct. 10, striking four times on the power play. Milwaukee answered with a 5-3 home win on Nov. 18, squelching a three-goal rally by the Wolves with a pair of third-period tallies. The last encounter on Dec. 5 at Allstate was decided by a shootout, with Milwaukee’s Kevin Fiala scoring the only shootout goal.
After reeling off a six-game winning streak from Oct. 25 to Nov. 12, Chicago hasn’t been able to win back-to-back games. Put another way, the Wolves posted an 8-1-1-1 record (.909) in their first 11 games and a 3-8-0-1 record (.291) in their last 12 games.
By The Numbers
5: The number of Wolves players who have played in all 23 games: ANDRE BENOIT, PETER HARROLD, DANNY KRISTO, JORDAN SCHMALTZ, and YANNICK VEILLEUX.
80: Distance in miles between Amtrak Rivals Chicago and Milwaukee, who will be meeting for the 224th time tonight.
150: TY RATTIE’s next game appearance will signal his 150th AHL contest. In terms of seniority, he ranks behind ANDRE BENOIT (342), PAT CANNONE (296), JEREMY WELSH (213), PETER HARROLD (206), JUSTIN HODGMAN (157), and JORDAN CARON (156).
200: Faceoffs won this season by PAT CANNONE, who’s winning 54.7 percent of his duels inside the circle. Teammate JEREMY WELSH owns 199 faceoff wins, operating at a 53.9 percent clip.
Follow The Action
Tonight’s game begins at 7:00 p.m. and can be seen on WCIU The U Too or streamed on www.ahllive.com.
Those away from a TV or computer can follow @Chicago_Wolves or @ChiWolvesLive on Twitter for live in-game play-by-play.