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Hogs Ready For Second Half

The IceHogs hope to pick up where they left off before the All-Star break.
ROCKFORD-The IceHogs All-Star breaks ends Friday. The goal of getting into the NHL playoffs resumes with 25 big games to go in the regular season.

Few will be bigger than Friday’s when the Hogs host the Chicago Wolves, one of the elite teams in the Western Conference the Wolves. 

"We play as hard as we can for 25, and try as hard as we can to make the playoffs," says Ted Dent.

The Hogs will try to pick back up where they left off before the break. They won their last four games.

"We had a little meeting a couple weeks ago. Right now it’s playoff hockey for us. We’ve got to get every point we can when we can. That’s what we’ve been doing," says center Alex Broadhurst.

If the regular season ended now the IceHogs would be in the playoffs. They’re in the seventh slot in the Western Conference. They’re in a better position than they were in the last two seasons, when they made a later playoff push only to come up just short.

"The past couple years we’ve always had a great second half, and the fact that we are right in that mix right now already, and we’re hitting our stride it’s huge for us," says center Brandon Pirri.  "I think it’s only up from here."

What the Hogs have going for them now with the return of Pirri and the addition of center Pierre-Marc Bouchard is depth. They have four lines now that can generate offense. We saw it last week when the Hogs scored 19 goals in three games.

"The lines are all playing well. We’ve got some good chemistry going," says center Garret Ross. "The boys are moving the puck together real nice."

"I think with the addition of Bouchard we’ve got four lines that can sore that are very lethal," says Pirri.

After the IceHogs host the Wolves Friday, they'll travel to Iowa for back-to-back road games there Saturday and Sunday.

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