GAME PREVIEW – IOWA WILD VS. CHICAGO WOLVESNov 7, 2019
Iowa Wild (7-1-2-1; 17 pts.) vs. Chicago Wolves (6-5-1-0; 13 pts.)
Back home after a season-long seven-game road trip, Iowa will play seven of its next eight games at Wells Fargo Arena, starting with a contest against the Chicago Wolves Thursday for the team’s annual Wild About Education School Day Game. The meeting will be the first time the two teams will battle since the second round of the 2019 Calder Cup Playoffs. Iowa heads into the contest in first place in the Central Division with 17 points while Chicago is in fourth with 12.
The Wild jumped out to a 2-0 lead against Rockford on Nov. 2 but eventually fell to the IceHogs by a score of 3-2 in overtime. Forwards Kyle Rau and Colton Beck each scored a power-play goal while goaltender Mat Robson made 34 saves on 37 shots in the contest.
- Goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen’s six wins this season is second most of any netminder in the AHL and his six-game win streak is the most in franchise history.
- Defenseman Brennan Menell’s nine assists are tops among all blueliners this season.
- Iowa is one of four teams to earn points in every home game this season.
- The Wild is the only Central Division team to not have a regulation loss against a divisional opponent.
- Broadcaster Joe O’Donnell made his NHL debut on Tuesday, calling Minnesota’s 4-2 win against the Anaheim Ducks.
- Chicago fell to the Rockford IceHogs by a score of 7-4 on Nov. 3.
- Rookie forward Lucas Elvenes leads the Wolves with 18 points (5g, 13a) in 12 games.
- Elvenes’ 18 points rank second among all AHL players and he leads all skaters in assists.
- Chicago is one of six teams with an above .500 points percentage and a negative goal differential.
The Iowa Wild 2019-20 regular season is presented by MercyOne Des Moines 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.