The Wolves open a three-game homestand Wednesday riding a three-game winning streak; Chicago sits two points out of a Western Conference playoff spot with 39 points through 34 games this year (17-12-3-2) and is tied for the fewest games played in the AHL.
The Wolves sit four points out of a Western Conference playoff spot with 35 points through 32 games this year (15-12-3-2); Chicago’s 32 games are tied for the second-fewest games played in the AHL and are the fewest in the Western Conference.
The Wolves have won three straight games after posting three victories in their previous 11 matchups; Chicago, which has posted a 4-1-0-0 mark since the calendar turned to December, sits one point out of the top spot in the Midwest Division with 27 points through 24 games this year (12-9-2-1).
The Wolves split a pair of games last week, losing at home to Grand Rapids on Friday but beating Rockford on the road Saturday; Chicago, which has not won back-to-back games since Oct. 17 and 19, shares third place in the Midwest Division with 23 points through 22 games this year (10-9-2-1).
The Wolves opened December by snapping a four-game losing streak and winning for just the second time in nine games on Saturday; Chicago, which posted a 3-6-1-1 mark in November, sits in third place in the Midwest Division with 21 points through 20 games this year (9-8-2-1).
The Wolves have won just twice in their last eight tilts (2-4-1-1) and have slipped into a share of second place in the Midwest Division; Chicago (8-6-2-1) has racked up 19 points and trails first-place Grand Rapids by three points.
The Wolves will play five of their next seven outings on home ice after playing five of their previous seven tilts on the road; Chicago has suffered just one regulation loss in Rosemont this season (4-1-1-0), which came to Peoria on Saturday.
The Wolves close out their five-game road trip on Friday in Peoria before returning home on Saturday, where they will play four of their next five games; Chicago has posted a 2-2-0-0 mark through the first four legs of its road trip.
The Wolves posted a 5-2-1-0 mark and .688 winning percentage in October, the team’s best opening month of a season since the 2007-08 squad went 6-0-1-0; after opening the season with eight games in a 16-day stretch from Oct. 13-28, the Wolves will play just six times over the next 20 days.