Wednesday, March 23, 7:00 p.m. Allstate Arena
As the 2015-16 Wolves campaign winds down to its final weeks, tonight’s game against Charlotte takes on added importance – the last chance for Chicago to earn points against the team its chasing in the Central Division standings.
The Checkers hold a 7-point cushion over Chicago for fifth place in the Central. To qualify for the AHL postseason, the Wolves must 1.) overtake Charlotte in the standings, and 2.) post a higher winning percentage than the Pacific Division’s fourth-place team (currently San Jose at .552). A tall order no doubt, but still mathematically possible with 11 games left on the schedule.
Chicago has won all three encounters against Charlotte at Allstate Arena this season. The Wolves started out with a pair of home wins in October by a combined 12-5 score. Since then, the series has been tightly-contested, with 5 games decided by 2 goals-or-less (including 4 one-goal decisions).
By The Numbers
4: The Wolves are playing their fourth Wednesday night game of the season, and have one more on tap next week. The only other time Chicago played a hump day home game, the team came away with its largest margin of victory – an 8-2 win over Manitoba on Dec. 2.
-40: Combined shot differential for the Wolves over the last three games, as opposing teams have built a 107-67 advantage. Despite the lopsided total, the Wolves have out-scored their opponents, 9-6.
.769: The Wolves’ all-time winning percentage against Charlotte at the Allstate Arena, based on a 9-2-2-0 record.
Follow The Action
Today’s game begins at 7:00 p.m. and can be seen on WCIU The U and 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.