GAME PREVIEW – IOWA WILD VS. CHICAGO WOLVES 1.1.18Dec 31, 2017
Iowa Wild (15-10-6-2; 38 pts.) vs. Chicago Wolves (14-12-5-2; 35 pts.)
Iowa Wild rings in the New Year with an afternoon matinee against Central Division foe, Chicago Wolves. It will be the third of eight meetings between the two teams this season and the first taking place at Wells Fargo Arena.
The Wild closed out 2017 with a 5-3 victory against Rockford IceHogs on Dec. 29, buoyed by three second period goals. Forward Mario Lucia opened the scoring in the first period and forwards Luke Kunin, Lucia and Landon Ferraro each potted a goal in the second. After two goals by Rockford in the third period, forward Kyle Rau popped in an empty-net goal late in the stanza to secure the victory.
- Iowa finished 2017 with a 37-24-11-3 record, including going 17-11-5-2 at Wells Fargo Arena.
- The Wild’s matchup against Chicago is just the second New Year’s Day game in franchise history and the first home contest to fall on the first day of the New Year.
- Forward Mario Lucia recorded his first multi-goal game of his career in the Wild’s 5-3 win against Rockford on 12.29.17.
- With the win against Rockford, Iowa is 6-0-2-0 in the previous eight games immediately following a regulation loss.
- Chicago enters Monday’s game earning points in its last 10 games, going 8-0-1-1 during that stretch.
- Monday’s game is the team’s 12th consecutive contest against a Central Division opponent.
- Forward Beau Bennett has registered at least one point in his last five games (1g, 6a).
- The Wolves’ roster features five players with at least 20 points.
Opponent Date Time Broadcast
at Milwaukee 1/5 7:00 PM CT KXNO / iHeartRadio
vs. Manitoba 1/6 7:00 PM CT KXNO / iHeartRadio
vs. Cleveland 1/7 5:00 PM CT KXNO / iHeartRadio
at Manitoba 1/13 2:00 PM CT KXNO / iHeartRadio
at Manitoba 1/14 2:00 PM CT KXNO / iHeartRadio
The Iowa Wild 2017-18 season is presented by Mercy Medical Center and runs from October through April. For more information, please contact the Wild office by calling 515-564-8700 or by visiting www.iowawild.com.