Saturday, Feb. 20, 7:00 p.m. Allstate Arena
Chicago and Rockford square off tonight in the latest installment of the Illinois Cup Lottery rivalry. The home team has won all 8 games this season, with 3 of those games extending past regulation (2 overtimes, 1 shootout).
Chicago pulled out a dramatic win in the last encounter between the teams on Jan. 30 – the last game before the All-Star Break. ANDRE BENOIT scored at 1:02 of overtime after ZACH O’BRIEN tied the contest with 5:28 left in regulation.
In terms of career scoring, PAT CANNONE and TY RATTIE have experienced the most success against the IceHogs. CANNONE has collected 18 points (5G, 13A) in 28 games and RATTIE has stockpiled 15 points (7G, 8A) in 26 contests.
The Wolves have dropped back-to-back home games (both to Iowa) for just the second time this season, but have yet to lose three straight at Allstate. The last time that occurred was last spring (March 14-19).
Chicago is in the midst of four home games in six days, which includes matinees against Charlotte on Sunday and Grand Rapids on Tuesday (School-Day Game).
By The Numbers
1.67: Chicago’s scoring average over the last nine games, during which time the Wolves have been outscored 32-15.
452: Total penalty minutes amassed during the first eight games between Chicago (205) and Rockford (247) this season. While the teams combined for 132 minutes on Dec. 19, not every game in the series has resulted in physicality. Only 7 penalties were called (for 14 minutes) on Jan. 2 and just six whistles were blown (12 minutes) on Jan. 30.
.884: Chicago’s winning percentage (11-1-0-1) this season when captain PAT CANNONE scores a goal.
Follow The Action
Today’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.