Chicago has posted a 5-2-0-1 mark since the calendar turned to 2013 and has moved into seventh place in the Western Conference playoff standings with 43 points through 37 games this year (19-13-3-2); the Wolves 37 games are the fewest games played in the conference and they hold at least two games in hand on 12 of the other 14 teams.
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.