Monsters Takes On Wolves In Playoff Implication Matchup

MATCHUP For the eighth and final time this season, the Lake Erie Monsters (31-26-8-4) meet the Chicago Wolves (36-26-6-1) tonight at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois.  Since Chicago won the first two games of the season series in October, the Monsters have won five straight games against their Midwest Division rivals.  The Monsters enter Tuesday five points behind eighth place Milwaukee in the Western Conference playoff chase, and the Monsters have played two fewer games than the Admirals.  Chicago enters Tuesday in the seventh spot in the Western Conference.  The Monsters are 3-0-2-0 on their five-game point streak, while Chicago is 7-1-0-0 over their last eight games.  The Monsters most recently fell in overtime at home to Toronto on Friday, while Chicago saw a seven-game winning streak snap at the hands of the Texas Stars on Saturday by a 6-2 score.

LAST TIME OUT For the second straight game, the Monsters suffered an overtime loss after holding a lead in the third period, as they  fell 4-3 at home to Toronto in overtime on Friday.  The Monsters led 3-0 when Andrew Agozzino scored his second goal of the game at 10:56 of the second period, but Toronto finished the game with four straight goals and the two points.  Michael Schumacher also scored for the Monsters, while Stefan Elliott had a multi-point game with a pair of assists.

WHO TO WATCH: MONSTERS Ben Street leads the Monsters with six points on a goal and five assists in three games against the Wolves this season.  Street has eight assists and is plus-five over his last six games.

WHO TO WATCH: WOLVES Magnus Paajarvi had five goals in his first 24 games for the Wolves this season, but has exploded for six goals and nine points over his last six games.  He is plus-three over his last two games.

TUNE IN Catch all of Tuesday's action, live from Chicago, beginning at 8:00 p.m. Eastern on ESPN 850 WKNR with Doug Plagens on the play-by-play.