Saturday, Jan. 30, 7:00 p.m. Allstate Arena
After posting a 3-2-0-0 record during a five-game road trip that took them to Grand Rapids, Charlotte, Iowa and Rockford, the Chicago Wolves get to enjoy their first home game in 14 days as they play host to the Rockford IceHogs at Allstate Arena in an Illinois Lottery Cup clash.
For the first time in almost exactly one year, the Wolves and the IceHogs are meeting on back-to-back nights. On Jan. 30, 2015, Rockford claimed a 3-2 overtime win on its home ice before the Wolves recovered quickly on Jan. 31, 2015, to post a 4-1 victory at Allstate Arena. Chicago seeks another quick recovery as Rockford picked up a 6-0 win on Friday night at the MetroCentre.
The Illinois Lottery Cup is earned by the team that picks up the most wins during the 12-game season series, regardless of whether the game is decided in regulation or extra time. Rockford owns a 5-2 lead in this year’s series as the IceHogs have taken full advantage of playing five of the first seven games on their ice.
By The Numbers
2: The Wolves are in the middle of a scheduling quirk that finds them with just two home games from Jan. 17 to Feb. 17. When the Wolves return home to face Iowa on Feb. 18, it starts a run of five games in a 10-day span at Allstate Arena.
5: The Wolves and IceHogs engaged in five fights on Friday night, which led to a total of 45 penalty minutes for Chicago and 53 penalty minutes for Rockford.
440: Total penalty minutes between Chicago (57-201 PIMs) and Rockford (72-239) in the season series. They combined for a season-high 132 penalty minutes on Dec. 19.