GAME PREVIEW - IOWA WILD AT CHICAGO WOLVESFeb 20, 2021
Iowa Wild (2-1-1-0; 5 pts.) at Chicago Wolves (5-0-0-0; 10 pts.)
The Wild’s last contest was a 3-2 win in overtime over the Rockford IceHogs on Feb. 13 at Wells Fargo Arena. Forward Adam Beckman tallied the game-winner in OT for his second point of the night (1g-1a). Forward Damien Giroux scored his first career pro goal to tie the game in the second period. Chicago’s last game was on Feb. 16 against Rockford, resulting in a 3-2 win for the Wolves. Iowa and Chicago will meet eight times this season.
LAST SEASON’S SLIM MARGINS
In 2019-20, Iowa and Chicago clashed six times and split the series with each team winning three games. Iowa won both games in Chicago, while the Wolves won three of four games in Des Moines. Wild forward Connor Dewar led all current Iowa players in scoring vs. Chicago last season (2g-2a-4pts).
- Forward Dmitrii Sokolov led all current Wild players in goals vs. Chicago in 2019-20. He scored three times in the season series last year.
- Forward Gabriel Dumont has points in all four games this season and is on a three-game goal streak.
- Defenseman Louie Belpedio and forwards Joseph Cramarossa and Mason Shaw have returned from the Minnesota Taxi Squad.
- Iowa was 16-10-4-2 when playing on the road in 2019-20.
- Tonight marks Belpedio’s 150th professional game.
- Iowa’s next seven games are on the road, and they play five contests over the next seven days.
- The Wolves new NHL affiliate this season is the Carolina Hurricanes.
- The Nashville Predators are also affiliated with Chicago this season as the Milwaukee Admirals opted out of the 2020-21 AHL season.
- Chicago is a perfect 5-0-0-0 this season, and their 20 goals for is second-most in the AHL.
- Forward Seth Jarvis is tied for first in the AHL in goals, and power play goals and tied for second in points and power play points.
- Jarvis and Forward Philip Tomasino are first and second amongst AHL rookies in scoring.
- Chicago’s roster features four first-round NHL Draft picks (Dominik Bokk, Jarvis, Ryan Suzuki, Tomasino).
Iowa Wild hockey is presented by MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center. For more information, please visit www.iowawild.com.