Tuesday, Feb. 9, 6:00 p.m. Quicken Loans Arena
Tonight’s contest marks the first of four road games this week for the Wolves, who will stay in Cleveland for a Thursday encounter against the Monsters before moving on to Manitoba over the weekend.
The Wolves have eight road wins this season, with half of them occurring over the last six games when the team is 4-2-0-0.
This week’s road trip concludes a stretch of games (from Jan. 17 to Feb. 14) that has the Wolves playing 10 of 12 away from home.
PAT CANNONE and YANNICK VEILLEUX have excelled against Lake Erie during their Wolves career. CANNONE owns 11 points (3G, 8A) in 14 games over three seasons, while VEILLEUX has stockpiled 9 points (4G, 5A) in 10 games, including a team-high 4 points this season.
The mid-week, two-game series with Lake Erie takes on added importance for the Wolves, who are chasing the Monsters for a possible “crossover” playoff spot. The new AHL playoff qualification format allows the fifth-place team from the Central Division to take the place of the fourth-place team from the Pacific Division if it owns a superior points percentage. If the season were to end today, Lake Erie (.585) would edge out San Jose (.535) for the final spot in the Pacific’s intradivisional playoffs.
By The Numbers
3: Points needed by PAT CANNONE to break into the Top 20 on the Wolves’ all-time scoring list.
5.8: Chicago’s power-play percentage (1-for-17) versus Lake Erie this season.
13: The Wolves’ shot differential (37-24) in a 5-1 loss to Iowa on Saturday. It was the second-largest shot margin that didn’t go in the Wolves’ favor this season, second only to a +23 differential (50-27) in a 5-2 setback at Texas on Jan. 9.