CENTRAL DIVISION FINAL, GAME 6 PREVIEW - IOWA WILD AT CHICAGO WOLVESMay 13, 2019
Iowa Wild (5-5) at Chicago Wolves (6-4)
Central Division Final, Game 6 (Chicago Leads 3-2)
Iowa Wild and Chicago Wolves head back to Rosemont, Il., as the two teams face off Monday night in Game 6 of the Central Division Final. Chicago currently leads the series 3-2 thanks to a 7-4 win in Game 5. Monday’s contest represents the second elimination game the Wild have played in team history; the first being the club’s 2-1 victory against Milwaukee in Game 5 of the Central Division Semifinals this postseason.
The Wild dropped Game 5 to the Chicago Wolves by a score of 7-4, the largest margin of victory for either team this season when facing each other. Forward Ryan Donato recorded his first and second goal of the Calder Cup Playoffs, while forward Kyle Rau and defenseman Matt Bartkowski notched the other tallies. Goaltender Andrew Hammond stopped 22 of 29 shots in the loss.
- Defenseman Matt Bartkowski’s score in Game 5 was his first playoff goal since scoring vs. Toronto on May 13, 2013 as a member of the Boston Bruins.
- Iowa has recorded a first-period goal in nine of its 10 playoff games this postseason.
- Iowa’s 95.2 penalty kill percentage on the road is the best mark among remaining Calder Cup Playoff teams.
- The Wild’s 88 third-period shots rank second in the entire Calder Cup Playoffs and first among remaining teams.
- Forward Sam Anas has an assist in his last four road games this postseason.
- Chicago is 4-4 in elimination games since 2015.
- Chicago’s seven goals on Friday were the most in a Calder Cup Playoff game for the team since scoring seven against Grand Rapids on May 5, 2017.
- Forward Curtis McKenzie’s hat trick on Friday was the fifth three-goal game this postseason.
- Chicago is currently riding a four-game home winning streak, tied for the longest active streak in the 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.