Wednesday, Dec. 30, 7 p.m. MetroCentre
Chicago looks to close out the 2015 calendar year the same way it rang in the year — with a victory. The Wolves take on Rockford tonight in an Illinois Lottery Cup game at the MetroCentre. The teams play twice in four days, with the home-and-home series continuing Saturday at Allstate Arena.
The Wolves broke through for their first win against Rockford this season on Dec. 19 at home. The IceHogs rallied from two goals down in the third period to force overtime. Chicago, however, outshot the visitors, 6-2, in the extra period that culminated with ZACH O’BRIEN’s game-winner at 3:55.
The Burgundy and Gold have lost their last four games at the MetroCentre, the last win occurring Jan. 19.
A win tonight would give the Wolves a non-losing record for the seventh straight month, stretching back to last January. Chicago is 5-6-0-1 for December.
By The Numbers
4: Four times this season the Wolves have placed at least 35 shots on goal and lost. Chicago took 36 shots in a 4-1 setback to Milwaukee on Monday.
264: Combined penalty minutes in the Illinois Lottery Cup series this season: Chicago (32-119 PIMs), Rockford (41-145 PIMs).
13: Road games played by Chicago, which ranks second-lowest in the league behind San Jose (12). Grand Rapids, Milwaukee, Ontario, and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton have also played 13 road contests.
3:20: Chicago’s drive time (3 hours, 20 minutes) to Milwaukee under blizzard conditions Monday evening. The 80-mile trek normally takes 1 hour, 20 minutes.
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.