The old adage ‘In like a lion, out like a lamb’ applied to the Chicago Wolves venture through March, but a but differently. A slow start to the month turned into a scoring outage, followed by a five-game winning streak against conference opponents. Chicago enters the final stretch of the regular season in the seventh spot of the Western Conference standings. [Read more…]Follow paulmbanks
The Chicago Wolves have been lacking in the goal department and it is hurting their playoff chances. The goal scoring scarcity has been apparent on home ice as well. The Wolves have been shut out in three of their last seven games overall and continue to miss out on solid scoring opportunities in front of the net. Sunday’s loss to division rival Rockford was no exception.
“That’s another two points that we pissed away,” said Wolves head coach John Anderson.
Chicago experienced another up-and-down game, holding the IceHogs to eight shots in the first, but gave up three goals on fourteen shots in the second. [Read more…]Follow paulmbanks
‘Next man up’ is a cliché used often in sports, but for Chicago Wolves goaltender Jordan Binnington being next on the depth chart has given him a chance to keep the Wolves in the AHL playoff hunt.
The 21-year old Ontario native has posted an 18-11-3 record this season, with majority of the decisions coming in the past two months. Binnington has started a franchise-record 15 consecutive games in net for Chicago. [Read more…]Follow paulmbanks
It won’t happen overnight, or even next year, but it seems outdoor hockey is going the way of aircraft carrier college basketball. Both were transcendent ideas at the time of inception. Both worked beautifully; for a while, but then over-expanded rapidly beyond their demand.
Now with the San Jose Sharks hosting the L.A. Kings Saturday night, in the latest iteration of the NHL Stadium Series, you’ll see the best example yet of outdoor hockey jumping the shark. Apologies for the coincidental pun.Follow paulmbanks
The Chicago Wolves finished their up-and-down January with a win/loss against in-state foe the Rockford IceHogs, ending/extending their losing streak at three games. Saturday’s game was Chicago’s first after a five game road trip. The team went 2-2-1 away from the Allstate Arena during that time, and 5-5-1-1 overall.
The Wolves enter February locked in a battle for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, eight points behind the IceHogs. Chicago earned six points out of a possible ten in five January games against Rockford. [Read more…]Follow paulmbanks
For what seems so long ago, before the Islanders embarked on a home and home, back-to-back series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, we explored the idea of Islanders trying to win “statement games.”Follow paulmbanks
Adam Burish was welcomed to the Chicago Wolves organization this past week after starting the season in the NHL with the San Jose Sharks.
The 2010 Stanley Cup winner with the Chicago Blackhawks is the fourth member of that team to suit up for the Wolves, joining forwards Ben Eager and Colin Fraser and defenseman Brent Sopel.Follow paulmbanks
When Adam Burish was in Chicago, he was the best sports soundbite in the city. Unfortunately, the rock star from the 2010 Stanley Cup Champions had to leave as he was made part of the Hawks’ summer yard sale that followed capturing the Cup. It was a ten player sell-off of 1992 San Diego Padres proportions.
However, Burish is back in The Chi now.Follow paulmbanks
Before you head out for the slopes, the ice rink, or just for some good old-fashioned snowshoeing, make sure you’re not heading into a self-made trap. Winter accidents tend to happen mainly because people aren’t prepared for the weather conditions, aren’t physically healthy enough to be doing the thing they’re doing, or because they’re ignorant of how to safely engage in some sport or activity.Follow paulmbanks
Brent Sopel returned to Chicago to continue his playing career and has now accomplished something that establishes his longevity. On December 3, 2014 versus the Lake Erie Monsters, Brent Sopel played in his 1,000th career professional hockey game.
To honor the feat, the Chicago Wolves will honor Sopel prior to the team’s game on January 3rd versus the Rockford IceHogs. Rockford’s parent club, the Chicago Blackhawks, is where the veteran defenseman won his only Stanley Cup Championship. [Read more…]Follow paulmbanks
All good things come to an end.
It’s a little dramatic but I’m purposely exaggerating what’s been going on with the Islanders since the second period of last Saturday’s home matinee against the St. Louis Blues. By the end of the first period, the Islanders were up 3-0 and it appeared their November dominance was not going to be halted in December. I mean, the Blues are one of the best teams in a western conference that looks unbeatable right now. But that’s exactly it-
the Islanders became complacent and the final 40 minutes was all Blues, all the time in a 6-4 loss.Follow paulmbanks
It’s almost Thanksgiving, which means it’s November and that the New York Islanders should be in the midst of some sort of record-setting losing streak. Well thanks to the additions of Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy on October fourth, plus the recently stellar play of goaltender Jaroslav Halak and secondary scoring that has been there all season, the Islanders are playing like the best team in all of New York.Follow paulmbanks