Friday, April 1, 7:00 p.m. Allstate Arena
Chicago’s push for the playoffs reaches a critical juncture this weekend as Lake Erie makes its final visit of the season to Allstate Arena.
Chicago enters tonight’s game trailing Charlotte by 7 points in the Central Division standings. To have an outside shot at qualifying for the postseason, the Wolves must first bypass Charlotte for fifth place in the Central. For those scoreboard watching, the Checkers play Texas twice this weekend in Charlotte.
Chicago enters its series against the Monsters looking to snap a 3-game losing skid on home ice. With more one win at Allstate Arena, Chicago can match its home win total from a season ago (19) and record its 22nd consecutive winning campaign at home.
Tonight’s contest marks the possible professional debuts of two University of Michigan teammates who recently completed their careers with the Wolverines. Forward JUSTIN SELMAN was signed to an ATO by Chicago on Wednesday, and Lake Erie defenseman Zach Werenski, a first-round draft pick, recently signed with Columbus (NHL).
By The Numbers
1: PAT CANNONE needs one point to join the 50-point club. The Wolves have produced 50-point scorers in 20 of 21 seasons, the lone exception being in 2013-14 when TY RATTIE led the team with 48 points.
14: Should JUSTIN SELMAN make his professional debut tonight, he would become the fourth Wolves player this season to wear uniform No. 14.
50: Number of days since the Wolves and Monster last met – on February 11 in Cleveland. It’s been 76 days dating to Lake Erie’s last appearance at Allstate Arena.
Follow The Action
Today’s game begins at 7:00 p.m. and can be seen on WCIU The U Too as well as 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.