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.
After dropping their first two games of the week at home, the Chicago Wolves bounced back on Sunday evening with a 5-1 win over the Iowa Wild in Des Moines. They host Grand Rapids tonight in the last game on the American Hockey League slate before the league-wide three-day holiday break. Tonight’s contest is the first of four straight Midwest Division matchups. With four of the five teams (Chicago, Grand Rapids, Lake Erie, and Milwaukee) separated by just two points, this stretch of games could influence the standings dramatically. So far this season, the Wolves are 7-6-2-0 (.533) against their own division after going 26-11-2-5 (.670) within it last season.