This blog does not endorse gambling. But if you’re looking to make some money and have the chance to bet on which Chicago Wolves skater is the first to take the ice for any given practice, you’d be wise to pick forward Adam Cracknell.

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Before the Calder Cup playoffs began, wise Wolves center Keith Aucoin spent time analyzing the team’s power play that ranked 30th among the AHL’s 30 teams during the regular season.

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The Chicago Wolves open the Western Conference Semifinals against Toronto with Game 1 on Friday night and Game 2 on Saturday night at Allstate Arena. We open with this seemingly mundane paragraph because it gives away where Wolves assistant coach Scott Allen will sleep on Friday night: In the team’s locker room at Allstate Arena.

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It’s one of the trickier questions in sports. And, really, life itself. How do you learn to hold on to those moments when you win and make them a part of your essence, yet teach yourself to discard those moments when you lose so they don’t cling to your being?

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Starting off the 2014 Calder Cup playoffs strong, the second-seeded Wolves closed out the Western Conference Quarterfinals with a 4-2 win over Rochester in a decisive Game 5 on Sunday and move on to the Western Conference Semifinals to face third-seeded Toronto; this will be the 13th time in 16 postseason appearances that Chicago has made it to the final eight teams, posting an 8-4 series record in the first 12 instances and 8-2 under head coach JOHN ANDERSON.

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ROSEMONT, Ill.---The Chicago Wolves manufactured two power-play goals late in the second period and added an empty-net tally to rally for a 4-2 victory over Rochester in the decisive Game 5 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals on Sunday afternoon at Allstate Arena.

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The Chicago Wolves advanced to the Western Conference Semifinals with a 4-2 defeat of Rochester in the decisive Game 5 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals on Sunday afternoon at Allstate Arena. The second-seeded Wolves face the third-seeded Toronto Marlies in a best-of-seven series that begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 9, at Allstate Arena.

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The Wolves had a chance to clinch their best-of-five series on Friday, but Rochester scored twice in the opening two minutes to set the game’s tone and force today’s decisive Game 5.

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ROSEMONT, Ill.---Rochester scored twice in the opening two minutes and kept going from there to earn a 7-2 victory over the Chicago Wolves on Friday night at Allstate Arena in Game 4 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.

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The Chicago Wolves continued their incredible run at Allstate Arena with their 4-0 Game 3 victory over Rochester on Thursday night. If the Wolves can earn another win tonight, then they'll wrap up the Western Conference Quarterfinals.

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ROSEMONT, Ill.---Forward Adam Cracknell racked up two goals in the opening 16 minutes and goaltender Jake Allen rejected 18 shots as the Chicago Wolves earned a 4-0 victory over Rochester on Thursday night at Allstate Arena in Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.

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