Thursday, Dec. 17, 11 a.m. Allstate Arena
Chicago resumes its Illinois Lottery Cup series tonight against Rockford as the visitors make their first Allstate appearance of the season. The Wolves have dropped four straight in the series dating to last season.
The 2015-16 Illinois Lottery Cup rivalry has featured two close games in Rockford. Chicago rallied from two goals down to earn a road point in the series opener (Oct. 23). The rematch on Nov. 27 saw Chicago pull even in the second period before Bryan Bickell scored the game-winner.
The Wolves are coming off a 4-3 shootout win over Texas on Wednesday. JOHN ANDERSON’s club jumped on the Stars early, striking for three goals in the first period. Chicago will try to win back-to-back games for the first time since Nov. 8-12.
Tonight’s game marks the start of seven straight games against Central Division opponents as the Wolves look to improve upon their sixth-place position in the standings.
The Wolves will wear purple jerseys in recognition of Epilepsy Awareness Night, presented by Heidenhain. The epilepsy-themed jerseys (to be auctioned) are inspired by the bond between Wolves general manager Wendell Young and his older son, Matthew, who was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2013 at the age of 22.
By The Numbers
4: Number of consecutive one-goal games the Wolves have played.
37: PHEONIX COPLEY’s saves total from Thursday’s win over Texas, matching the Wolves’ season-high mark.
102: Combined penalty minutes between Rockford (9-30) and Chicago (14-72) in two meetings this season.
1.000: Chicago’s winning percentage (8-0-0) when scoring four-or-more goals in a game.
Follow The Action
Today’s game begins at 7 p.m. and can be seen on WCIU The U Too. The game can also be streamed on www.ahllive.com.