Chicago travels south to Texas for the first time this season this weekend and will play the AHL-leading Texas Stars on Friday and the San Antonio Rampage on Saturday; the Wolves lost six of their eight games inside the Lone Star State last season (including playoffs).
Chicago opens a season-high four-game homestand on Thursday when Charlotte visits the Allstate Arena; the Wolves, who will play five of their final six games during February in Rosemont, boast the fourth-highest home winning percentage in the Western Conference at .659 (13-6-1-2).
Chicago hosts Peoria on Tuesday in its final School-Day game of the season; the Wolves have posted a 7-2-0-0 mark in School-Day games since 2009-10 and have outscored their opponents 26-11 in their nine morning tilts over the last four seasons; both of the team’s morning games this year have been shutouts (1-1-0-0).
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).