Rockford, IL – The Rockford IceHogs, proud American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL), visit the Grand Rapids Griffins tonight at 6:00 CT at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI. Tonight is the fifth of eight scheduled meetings between the two clubs and the final game of three consecutive gatherings between the IceHogs and Griffins.
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IceHogs to Honor Frontline Workers This Weekend During Pregame Warmups
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a group of individuals whose efforts have gone above and beyond to protect the Stateline community and putting the needs of others first: Rockford’s healthcare heroes and frontline workers. During pregame warmups on Friday and Saturday at BMO Harris Bank Center, each IceHogs player will wear the name of a healthcare hero or frontline worker in the Rockford community on their jersey nameplate. As an additional thank you from the IceHogs, those heroes will receive that jersey directly from the team. More details will be coming soon.
Hogs and Griffins Close Three-Game Mini-Series Tuesday
The IceHogs close a three-game mini-series against the Griffins on Tuesday in Grand Rapids after wrestling with the club on Mar. 11 and Mar. 13. The occasion marks the second time the IceHogs will see an opponent three consecutive games (Cleveland Feb. 22, Feb. 23 and Feb. 27). Coming up, the IceHogs will see the Chicago Wolves for four-straight meetings starting Saturday, Mar. 27.
Through the first four games of the head-to-head series between the IceHogs and Griffins, the road team has picked up the victory in every contest. The IceHogs earned their first road win of the season on Saturday at Grand Rapids while the Griffins added wins at Rockford on Feb. 18, Mar. 3 and Mar. 11.
Home Ice Advantage?
The current trend of the road team earning victories between the Griffins and IceHogs breaks a long-time tendency between the two teams. The IceHogs are currently 14-9-0-0 against the Griffins at BMO Harris Bank Center over the past five seasons while the Griffins hold a 13-3-3-2 record against the IceHogs the past five seasons at Van Andel Arena.
Hello Old Friend
The IceHogs will see the Iowa Wild on Friday at Saturday at BMO Harris Bank Center first the first time after picking up back-to-back wins against their Central Division rivals on Mar. 6 (3-2) and Mar. 7 (4-3 OT). The IceHogs are 2-0-1-0 against the Wild so far this season.
Tomkins Finding his Groove
After a great outing on Thursday (29 saves) vs. Grand Rapids, goaltender Matt Tomkins provided a career-high 42 saves on Saturday in the 2-1 overtime win at Grand Rapids. Tomkins’ previous career high was 41 saves on Feb. 1, 2020 against Milwaukee.
Chalupa Picking Up Pace
After being limited to one goal in his first six games, forward Matej Chalupa has three goals and an assist for four points in his last six games and has registered at least one shot in each of those six games. Chalupa struck on the power play on Saturday in Grand Rapids to help the IceHogs pull even with the Griffins before overtime.
The Rockford IceHogs head home to BMO Harris Bank Center to take on the Iowa Wild on Friday, March 19 and Saturday, March 20 at 6:00 p.m. During pregame warmups on Friday and Saturday, each Rockford IceHogs player will wear the name of a healthcare hero or frontline worker in the Rockford community on their jersey nameplate as a special tribute to Rockford-area healthcare heroes.
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2020-21 Regular-Season Records:
Rockford: 4-8-1-0, 9 points (5th, Central Division)
Grand Rapids: 6-3-1-0, 13 points (3rd, Central Division)
2019-20 Regular-Season Records:
Rockford: 29-30-2-2, 62 points (5th, Central Division)
Grand Rapids: 29-27-3-4 65 points (3rd, Central Division)
2020-21 Head-to-Head Schedule:
Feb. 18 Griffins at IceHogs 1-3 Loss Recap & Highlights
Mar. 3 Griffins at IceHogs 4-9 Loss Recap & Highlights
Mar. 11 Griffins at IceHogs 1-3 Loss Recap & Highlights
Mar. 13 IceHogs at Griffins 2-1 Overtime Win Recap & Highlights
Mar. 16 IceHogs at Griffins 6 p.m.
Apr. 10 IceHogs at Griffins 6 p.m.
Apr. 28 IceHogs at Griffins 6 p.m.
May 1 Griffins at IceHogs 6 p.m.
IceHogs vs. Griffins 2020-21 Head-to-Head Record
IceHogs vs. Griffins, All-Time
Rockford: Derek King (2nd season with IceHogs)
Grand Rapids: Ben Simon (3rd season with Griffins)
Rockford: Chicago Blackhawks
Grand Rapids: Detroit Red Wings