The Chicago Wolves closed out their four-game season series with San Antonio last weekend, earning a weekend split and season series split with the Rampage following a win on Saturday and loss on Sunday. The team’s attention turns back to the Midwest Division as two rivals --- Grand Rapids and Milwaukee --- roll into town for another busy weekend. The Griffins and Admirals are tied atop the division standings, slightly edging out Rockford, who has the same amount of points but with an extra game played. In addition to that trio, the Wolves are clinging to the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference, making four of the eight teams currently in playoff spots members of the Midwest Division.

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With victories in their first two tilts last week, the Chicago Wolves strung their winning streak to four games before seeing it snapped in a loss to Grand Rapids on Sunday. The team has five days off before its next matchup, when it will face San Antonio in the first game of a home doubleheader this weekend. The two games will close out the season series between the squads, who split a pair in Texas in early December. The Rampage sit one spot ahead of the Wolves in the standings, slotting in at the No. 6 spot (60 points in 50 games) in the Western Conference while the Wolves rank No. 7 (58 points in 51 games), with Texas, Adirondack, and Hamilton close behind in spots 8-10, respectively.

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After a disappointing loss to Rochester on Tuesday, the Chicago Wolves rebounded with a two-game sweep of the Checkers in Charlotte on Friday and Saturday. Those games were the last on the road for the Wolves this month as they return to Allstate Arena for a season-high seven-game homestand (Feb. 11 to March 1). During this stretch they will face some of their toughest competition of the season, including league-leading Oklahoma City and division rival Milwaukee, winners of 13 of its last 15. Chicago has played the fewest home games in the league this season (19) and will play 19 of its final 28 tilts in Rosemont. The team is 9-6-3-1 at home but 3-5-1-1 in its last 10.

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The Chicago Wolves earned a split and three of a possible four points in last week’s home-and-home set with Midwest Division rival Rockford, skating to an overtime loss on Friday at the MetroCentre before capturing a 4-1 win on Saturday at Allstate Arena to close out January. Following Tuesday’s School-Day Game against Rochester, the Wolves travel to Charlotte for a back-to-back against the Checkers in the team’s only road games of the month. After playing the first half of the club’s home schedule spread out over 115 days, the second half will be played in the span of just 68 days with a season-high seven home tilts in both February and March and another six in April.

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The Chicago Wolves started last week on a high note with road wins against Midwest Division rivals Rockford and Grand Rapids but were swept in their trip to Texas to enter the American Hockey League All-Star break on a two-game losing streak. The team will look to turn it around with a home-and-home against the IceHogs on Friday and Saturday, a squad it is 3-4-0-1 against this season. Rockford holds the points lead in the standings for the Illinois Lottery Cup, which was won by the Wolves in 2013-14. After seeing each other five times in January, Chicago and Rockford will meet just twice the rest of the season: March 15 at Allstate Arena and April 17 at the MetroCentre.

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The Chicago Wolves entered the second half of their season last week, earning three of a possible six points but just one against division rivals Lake Erie and Rockford. Going into a four-game week on the road that includes trips to Rockford, Grand Rapids, and Texas, the Wolves rank third in the Midwest Division and seventh in the Western Conference. While the IceHogs currently sit nine points ahead of the Wolves, the Griffins sit one point behind Chicago with a game in hand and the Stars trail by two points. The Wolves have won four of their last six road contests and will have the chance to avenge their two losses during that stretch this week as they visit the MetroCentre (Rockford) and Van Andel Arena (Grand Rapids) on Monday and Wednesday, respectively.

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The Chicago Wolves dropped their lone game last week as they were topped 5-1 by Grand Rapids on Saturday. The team is just past the midway point of their Midwest Division slate this season and are 9-9-3-0 (.500), with 19 of their final 40 games coming against intra-division rivals. Two of those tilts will come this week as they host Lake Erie and Rockford following a quick trip to Iowa tomorrow to face the Wild. The Wolves will need to pick up some points against the ultra-competitive Midwest if they hope to maintain their playoff positioning, no small task as four of the five teams in the division are currently in the top eight in the Western Conference (Rockford 3rd, Milwaukee 6th, Grand Rapids 7th, Chicago 8th).

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The Chicago Wolves made the transition from 2014 to 2015 last week, collecting a 1-1-1-0 record and three of a possible six points. The team is nestled in second place in the Midwest Division, six points behind division-leading Rockford with Grand Rapids and Milwaukee creeping up in third and fourth places, respectively. The Wolves will look to stave off the Griffins in their lone tilt this week as they travel Saturday to Van Andel Arena, where they are undefeated in two tries this season. Chicago is 3-0-1-0 overall against Grand Rapids in 2014-15, but the lone loss came in the teams’ last meeting (Dec. 30).

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The Chicago Wolves close out 2014 tonight with a tilt against Midwest Division rival Grand Rapids. The Wolves defeated the Griffins and Milwaukee Admirals last week to stretch their winning streak to three games before being upended in Rockford on Sunday. Chicago looks to remain unbeaten against Grand Rapids this season (3-0-0-0) and close out the year with a win. The team has played in 85 contests so far in 2014, including the second half of the 2013-14 season (28-9-4-3), the 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs (3-6), and the first half of the 2014-15 season (17-12-3-0) for a .624 points percentage. The Wolves ring in the New Year with back-to-back home matchups on Friday and Saturday as they host Hamilton for the lone time this season and then face Rockford in the first of five January contests between the squads.

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After dropping their first two games of the week at home, the Chicago Wolves bounced back on Sunday evening with a 5-1 win over the Iowa Wild in Des Moines. They host Grand Rapids tonight in the last game on the American Hockey League slate before the league-wide three-day holiday break. Tonight’s contest is the first of four straight Midwest Division matchups. With four of the five teams (Chicago, Grand Rapids, Lake Erie, and Milwaukee) separated by just two points, this stretch of games could influence the standings dramatically. So far this season, the Wolves are 7-6-2-0 (.533) against their own division after going 26-11-2-5 (.670) within it last season.

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The Chicago Wolves snapped out of their scoring slump with a six-goal outburst on Tuesday --- their lone game last week --- while skating to a 6-2 victory. The win broke a season-high three-game winless streak and the team will look to keep the momentum going as they return to Allstate Arena for the first home games of December. This week’s slate includes the first of two School-Day Games this season as Chicago hosts Adirondack on Wednesday. The Wolves are 11-2-0-0 all-time in morning games and 7-1-0-0 on home ice since playing their first School-Day contest in 2009-10.

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