When the Chicago Wolves (19-14-5-2; 45 pts.) take on the Iowa Wild (17-13-6-3; 43 pts.) on Wednesday evening at Wells Fargo Arena, the two similarly matched teams from the American Hockey League’s Central division will be looking to get back into the win column after each club fell in their previous contest.
Although Chicago currently sits two points above the Wild, Iowa holds a game in hand on the Wolves as both teams push towards solidifying a post-season spot.
As it stands at the moment, the Wolves are in 4th with the Wild directly behind them in the standings. Tonight will mark the fourth of eight matchup between the two clubs this season, and the last time these two clubs met was to open up the New Year, when the Wolves defeated Iowa by a score of 2-1 on January 1st.
The Chicago’s NHL affiliate, the Las Vegas Golden Knights announced yesterday that they recalled defenseman Jason Garrison, who currently leads the wolves with 4 goals and 18 points in 31 games played from the back end.
In Garrson’s absence, this means that the Wolves will be without their heaviest shot. Without this threat at their disposal, the Wolves already mediocre power play (14.9% efficiency) will look slightly different. It is expected that youngster Giffin Reinhart will be given a good look on the first wave in this game.
Defensively, it is paramount that the Wolves contain Wild forward Sam Anas, who has manufactured three goals and an assist in the previous three games against Chicago this season. As well, Wild forward Cal O’Reilly enters the game on a three game point streak, and has tallied two goals and five assists during the stretch.
Puck-drop is set for 7pm CT, and be sure to return here for some post-game coverage following the game.