The Wolves look to move within striking distance of a postseason berth tonight as their magic number hovers at six. If Chicago can collect three wins this weekend it will be on its way to the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs regardless of other teams’ results.
ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Chicago Wolves stacked up five third-period goals to squelch a Lake Erie rally and earn a crucial 7-3 victory on Tuesday night at Allstate Arena.
While they could not overcome the Stars, the Wolves look to break a different team-specific drought tonight as they face Lake Erie. After going 12-1-1-0 from the 2011-12 season through October of 2014-15, Chicago has dropped the last five games to the Monsters, four of them by just one goal. Lake Erie has won just twice at Allstate Arena: Jan. 14, 2012, a 5-3 decision, and Jan. 16, 2015, a 5-1 decision.
The Chicago Wolves enter the second-to-last week of the season with a league-high seven games remaining and magic number of 11 to secure a postseason berth. Following big wins in Toronto and Hamilton last week, both teams that are fighting for one of the final seeds, the Wolves saw their seven-game win streak snapped at the hands of the Texas Stars on Saturday. The team has the chance to rebound quickly as they host Lake Erie tonight before closing out the season with Friday/Saturday/Sunday three-in-three sets this weekend and next. Chicago (79 points/69 games) leads a group of six squads battling for the No. 7 and 8 positions in the Western Conference, with Milwaukee (79/71), Hamilton (76/70), Toronto (75/69), Adirondack (74/69), and Lake Erie (74/69) still in contention.
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.