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ROCKFORD ICEHOGS-CHICAGO WOLVES WEST DIVISION FINALS PLAYOFF PREVIEW

By: Mike Peck
04/29/2008 11:00 AM -

Rockford, Ill.- After an intense 10-game regular season series, the Rockford IceHogs and Chicago Wolves get to meet up once again, this time in the postseason.  The IceHogs and Wolves will begin a battle in the best-of-seven West Division Finals on Thursday in Rosemont at the Allstate Arena.  The following is a series preview between the West Division clubs.

Game     Date             Location     Time       Season Ticket To Use
Game 1  Thurs, May 1  at Chicago   7 p.m.  
Game 2  Sat, May 3     at Chicago   7 p.m. 
Game 3  Sun, May 4    at Rockford  4:05 p.m. (Playoff Game  “C”)
Game 4  Wed, May 7   at Rockford  7:05 p.m. (Playoff Game  “D”)
Game 5* Fri, May 9      at Chicago   7:30 p.m.  
Game 6* Sun, May 11  at Rockford  4:05 p.m. (Playoff Game  “E”)
Game 7* Tues, May 13 atChicago    7 p.m.

*if necessary  

2007-08 Wolves-IceHogs Season Results:
Fri., Oct. 19       Rockford 4 at Chicago 5 OT   
Sat., Nov. 24     Rockford 3 at  Chicago 8    
Thurs., Dec. 27  Rockford 3 at  Chicago 4 OT    
Fri., Jan. 4        Chicago 4 at Rockford 5    
Fri., Jan 25       Chicago 3 at Rockford 4    
Sat., Feb. 2      Rockford 2 at  Chicago 4    
Sat., Feb. 16    Chicago 4 at  Rockford 1    
Fri., Mar. 28     Chicago 2 at  Rockford 3 SO  
Fri., April 11     Chicago 2 at  Rockford 3   
Sat., April 12    Rockford 1 at Chicago 7 

Rockford   Overall Comparison   Chicago
44-26-4-6                Record                     53-22-2-3
98                          Points                      111
2nd-West                Place                      1st-West
3.09 (6th)           Goals/Game                3.75 (1st)
2.89 (16th)       Goals Against/Game      2.83 (14th)
26.35 (2nd)         PIMs/Game                 23.36 (4th)
18.6% (7th)       Power Play                  20.8% (3rd)
84.0% (10th)      Penalty Kill                 84.4% (6th)

Regular Season Leaders

Rockford          
Chicago


Martin St. Pierre  87        Points   
Jason Krog         112

Troy Brouwer      35        Goals   
Jason Krog         39

Martin St. Pierre  67       Assists    
Jason Krog         73


Kris Versteeg     174      Penalty Minutes  
Andre Deveaux   232

Petri Kontiola       +17    Plus/Minus
Joel Kwiatkowski  +23


Corey Crawford     29     Wins
Ondrej Pavelec     33


Wade Flaherty    2.54    Goals Against Average 
Robert Gherson  2.61

Wade Flaherty   .917     Save Percentage  
Robert Gherson  .914

Regular Season Leaders vs.
Rockford     
Chicago


Martin St. Pierre     11    Points    
Jason Krog            21

Martin St. Pierre     4     Goals
Troy Brouwer          4     
Jason Krog             6   

Petri Kontiola         8     Assists  
Jason Krog           15

Kris Versteeg       47   Penalty Minutes  
Andre Deveaux     69

Ryan Stokes       +3   Plus/Minus   
Joey Crabb          +7

Corey Crawford     3    Wins    
Ondrej Pavelec     3

Corey Crawford   3.89 Goals Against Average 
Ondrej Pavelec   2.82

Corey Crawford  .868 Save Percentage  
Ondrej Pavelec  .912

        Team vs. Team 
   
 Rockford                   Chicago
    4          Wins            6   
   29         Goals          43

    45        Assists         79
    74        Points         122
  -35      Plus/Minus    +32
 392  Penalty Minutes  404
 297   Shots On Goal   311
21.9%   Power Play    31.0%
69.0%  Penalty Kill     78.1%

                 Postseason Leaders
Rockford                                        Chicago
Kris Versteeg 5          Points           Jason Krog       6
Kris Versteeg 3          Goals            Darren Haydar  3
                                                      Jesse Schultz  3    
Martin St. Pierre 3     Assists            Jason Krog      6
Gavin Morgan  8   Penalty Minutes  Kevin Doell     14
Ryan Stokes   +5    Plus/Minus       Jason Krog     +4 
 Kris Versteeg +5                            Darren Haydar +4   
                                                     Karel Pilar       +4
Corey Crawford 4      Wins              Ondrej Pavelec  4
Corey Crawford 1.10  G.A.A.           Ondrej Pavelec 1.74
Corey Crawford .955   SPCT           Ondrej Pavelec .929

IceHogs Playoff History
Appearances:         6     
AHL Appearances: 1     
Last Appearance:  Won 4-1 (best-of-seven) vs. Houston Aeros (‘07-08)
All Time Record:  28-22    
Home Record:      18-6 (Last, 0-1 2OTL; vs. Houston on 4/18/08)     
Road Record:       10-16 (Last, 5-2 W at Houston on 4/25/08)     
Overtime Games:  2-5 (Last, 0-1 2OTL; vs. Houston on 4/18/08)     
Playoff Series Win: 6 (Last, 4-1 vs. Houston, Calder Cup Division Semifinals 2008
Championship:        1 (2007 Colonial Cup)



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