Last season, the Wolves opened the second half with a 4-3 shootout victory over Rockford on the third Saturday in January before 16,005 fans on Girl Scout Night. That served as the springboard for a 25-7-3-3 run that earned Chicago’s second Midwest Division title in three years.
The Wolves have only dropped one game to Lake Erie at Allstate Arena --- a 5-3 decision on Jan. 14, 2012 --- since the teams first faced off in 2007-08; overall the Wolves hold an 13-1-0-0 record against the Monsters in the comfort of their own arena.
The Wolves travel to Des Moines to face the Iowa Wild tonight as the teams head into the stretch run of their season series. Chicago has had success at Wells Fargo Arena, never dropping a regulation decision there against the Wild and with their last regulation loss in the building coming on Oct. 31, 2008, to then-tenant the Iowa Chops.
Today’s contest marks the first of five Illinois Lottery Cup games between the Wolves and the IceHogs. Every meeting at Allstate Arena will be an occasion as the Wolves honor defenseman BRENT SOPEL for his 1,000 professional games prior to tonight’s faceoff -- and the team will wear commemorative Fight Against Cancer jerseys for the games on Jan. 17 and 31.
With 2014 in the rearview mirror, the Chicago Wolves will look to get back on track in 2015, starting with tonight’s tilt and tomorrow’s 7 p.m. faceoff against Rockford. Entering the new year, the team leaves behind a rocky December when they went 4-6-1-0, their first month with a losing record since October 2013 (3-5-0-1).
Tonight’s matchup between the Chicago Wolves and Grand Rapids Griffins could turn into an offensive jamboree as both teams find themselves on hot streaks when it comes to putting the puck in the net. The Wolves have potted 18 goals in their last four games while the Griffins have collected 23 in that same span, including a nine-goal outburst against the Iowa Wild in their last outing on Dec. 27.