Two seven-game streaks collide tonight as the Chicago Wolves host the Texas Stars for the final time in the regular season. The Wolves carry a season-high seven-game winning streak into the tilt while the Stars hold a seven-game winning streak against Chicago. The last time the Wolves defeated the Stars was on March 5, 2013, and the team is on the brink of back-to-back season series sweeps.
The Wolves have enjoyed tremendous regular-season success in Ontario over the last four-plus seasons. Including Wednesday’s win, Chicago owns a 5-1-0-0 mark at Toronto and a 5-0-0-0 record at Hamilton heading into the team’s final regular-season appearance at Copps Coliseum.
HAMILTON, Ont. --- Left wing Magnus Paajarvi posted four points as the Chicago Wolves extended their season-high winning streak to seven games with a 4-2 triumph over the Hamilton Bulldogs on Thursday night at the FirstOntario Centre.
Chicago Wolves individual playoff tickets for the first round of the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs go on sale to the public at 11 a.m. on Friday. The American Hockey League’s postseason schedule will be released after the Wolves wrap up their regular season on Sunday, April 19, with a 4 p.m. game against Toronto at Allstate Arena.
Despite being in the final three weeks of the season, the Wolves are seeing an opponent for the first time tonight. Chicago and Toronto have not faced off since the Marlies completed the second-round Calder Cup playoff sweep of the Wolves on May 16, 2014, 10-and-a-half months ago.
The Chicago Wolves put forth an impressive effort last week as they posted a 3-0-0-0 record to run their winning streak to a season-high five games. It is the team’s first five-game regular-season streak since Nov. 7-16, 2013, and included its first three-in-three sweep since Jan. 6-8, 2012. While the wins bumped up the team from No. 11 to No. 7 in the Western Conference over the weekend, the Wolves will be tested this week with back-to-back road games in Toronto and Hamilton followed by a visit from Texas, a team Chicago has not defeated in its last seven tries. The Stars sit just above the Wolves at No. 6 with 78 points in 67 games, with Chicago (75/66), Hamilton (75/68), Milwaukee (75/68), Toronto (73/66), Adirondack (72/66), and Lake Erie (70/66) trailing and all in contention.
The American Hockey League announced Monday that Chicago Wolves right wing Ty Rattie has been named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending March 29. The forward registered seven points (2G, 5A), a +4 plus/minus rating, and nine shots on goal in three games as the team posted a perfect 3-0-0-0 record last week.