CENTRAL DIVISION FINAL, GAME 5 PREVIEW - IOWA WILD VS. CHICAGO WOLVESMay 10, 2019
Iowa Wild (5-4) vs. Chicago Wolves (5-4)
Central Division Final, Game 5 (Series Tied 2-2)
What started as a best-of-seven series has now essentially become a best-of-three as both the Central Division Final is tied 2-2 between Iowa Wild and Chicago Wolves. Chicago started off the series with back-to-back wins, but since the series headed to Wells Fargo Arena, Iowa has pulled even with the top-seeded Wolves. In the past five Calder Cup Playoffs, the winner of Game 5 has won the series 85.7 percent of the time (36-of-42).
The Wild evened the series at 2-2 with a 2-1 victory against the Chicago Wolves Wednesday night at Wells Fargo Arena. Forward Gerry Mayhew continued his torrid postseason as he potted both goals in the contest while goaltender Andrew Hammond stopped 33 of 34 shots in the win. The Wild is now a perfect 4-0 at home during the Calder Cup Playoffs.
- Forward Gerry Mayhew’s nine goals through nine games are the most in a single postseason since 2015.
- Mayhew’s three multi-goal games lead the Wild this postseason.
- Forward Jordan Greenway ranks second among rookies in assists with 5 during the playoffs.
- Defenseman Brennan Menell recorded eight shots against the Wolves on Wednesday, the highest total in a single game by a blueliner in the Calder Cup Playoffs this postseason.
- Chicago has not won at Wells Fargo Arena since Dec. 7, 2018, going 0-3-1-0 since that date.
- Defenseman Zach Whitecloud and forward Cody Glass rank second and third among rookies in shots with 19 and 18, respectively.
- Chicago is the only remaining playoff team with a negative goal differential (-3).
- Chicago’s 267 shots for is the most in the Calder Cup Playoffs.
The Iowa Wild 2018-19 season is presented by MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center and runs from October through May. For more information, please contact the Wild office by calling 515-564-8700 or by visiting www.iowawild.com.