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).
The Chicago Wolves will celebrate a Brent Sopel milestone prior to Saturday’s 7 p.m. game against the Rockford IceHogs at Allstate Arena. The veteran defenseman played in his 1,000th professional regular-season game on Dec. 3. His ceremony will be broadcast live on The U Too (Digital 26.2; XFinity 230/360, RCN 35, WOW 170).
The Chicago Wolves close out 2014 tonight with a tilt against Midwest Division rival Grand Rapids. The Wolves defeated the Griffins and Milwaukee Admirals last week to stretch their winning streak to three games before being upended in Rockford on Sunday. Chicago looks to remain unbeaten against Grand Rapids this season (3-0-0-0) and close out the year with a win. The team has played in 85 contests so far in 2014, including the second half of the 2013-14 season (28-9-4-3), the 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs (3-6), and the first half of the 2014-15 season (17-12-3-0) for a .624 points percentage. The Wolves ring in the New Year with back-to-back home matchups on Friday and Saturday as they host Hamilton for the lone time this season and then face Rockford in the first of five January contests between the squads.
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.