Photo: Ross Dettman/Chicago WolvesWith nine games remaining in the regular season, the Wolves sit in first place in the Midwest Division with 79 points (37-25-2-3); Chicago holds a four-point advantage over second-place Charlotte and Peoria, but the Checkers have one game in hand on the Wolves, while Chicago holds a game in hand on the Rivermen.

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Photo: Lake Erie MonstersWith 12 games remaining in the regular season, the Wolves sit in first place in the Midwest Division with 75 points (35-24-2-3) and lead second-place Peoria by two points; Chicago holds a three-point advantage over third-place Charlotte, but the Checkers have two games in hand.

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Photo: Charlotte Checkers

With 15 games remaining in the regular season, the Wolves share second place in the Midwest Division with 71 points (33-23-2-3) and trail first-place Charlotte by one point, but the Checkers hold one game in hand; Chicago is tied for second place with Peoria, but the Wolves hold two games in hand on the Rivermen.

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Photo by Dale Woltman/Chicago Wolves

The Wolves snapped a season-high-tying five-game winless streak on Sunday with a 4-1 win over Western Conference-leading Oklahoma City; the Wolves sit in second place in the Midwest Division with 67 points (31-22-2-3) and trail first-place Charlotte by three points, and travel to North Carolina for a pair of tilts against the Checkers on March 10 and 11.

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Forward Tim Miller. Photo: Ross Dettman/Chicago WolvesWith 21 games remaining in the regular season, the Wolves sit in second place in the Midwest Division with 65 points (30-20-2-3) and trail first-place Charlotte by three points, but hold one game in hand; Chicago, which has posted a 14-8-1-0 mark since the calendar turned to 2012, also holds the fourth spot in the Western Conference playoff race.

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Wolves captain Nolan Baumgartner is set to play in his 1,000th professional game on Friday; the 35-year-old defenseman has appeared in 143 National Hockey League contests and 856 American Hockey League games throughout his 16-year pro career.

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The Wolves open a five-game homestand against Grand Rapids on Wednesday; Chicago, which has notched a 14-9-0-2 mark at home this year, has only eight regular-season contests at the Allstate Arena after the conclusion of its five-game homestand on Feb. 25.

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Photo: Dale Woltman/Chicago Wolves

The Wolves host the Houston Aeros in their final schoolday game of the year at 11 a.m. on Tuesday; Chicago has posted a 5-1-0-0 mark in School Day games since 2009-10 and have outscored its opponents 23-8 in its six morning tilts over the last three seasons.

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Right wing Darren Haydar, who will serve as team captain, and defenseman Kevin Connauton will skate for the Western Conference team in tonight’s 2012 AHL All-Star Game in Atlantic City, N.J.; this year’s contest marks the second straight year that Chicago has sent multiple players to the All-Star Game.

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Photo: Ross Dettman/Chicago Wolves

The Wolves finished the first half of the regular season with a 5-3 loss to Lake Erie, which snapped their season-best five-game winning streak; after 38 games, Chicago sits in second place in the Midwest Division with 46 points (21-13-1-3) and trails first-place Charlotte by two points but holds two games in hand.

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Photo: Ross Dettman/Chicago Wolves

The Wolves swept a three-games-in-three-nights set last weekend for the first time since Dec. 27-29, 2010; Chicago, which has posted a 10-3-0-0 mark in its last 13 tilts after suffering through a season-long five-game winless streak from Nov. 27 to Dec. 9 (0-3-1-1), sits in second place in the Midwest Division with 42 points (19-12-1-3).

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