After dropping their first game of the week 3-0 to Texas at Allstate Arena, the Chicago Wolves embarked on this season’s lone trip to Oklahoma City. There the Wolves pulled off a weekend sweep of the Barons, pushing their winning streak over OKC to four games and earning the team a crucial four points to remain in the hunt for the playoffs. This week could prove to be a make-or-break moment for the team as they play a home-and-home with Milwaukee on Friday and Saturday and host Iowa on Sunday. Since their 3-2 overtime loss at Allstate Arena on Feb. 11, the seventh-ranked Admirals have gone 4-11-2, leaving their playoff position vulnerable with Adirondack (70 points/63 games played), Hamilton (70/65), Chicago (69/63), Toronto (69/63), and Lake Erie (66/63) lurking in the No. 8-12 spots.
The Chicago Wolves are down to the stretch run with just 16 contests left following a three-game slate last week. The Wolves started strong with an overtime win over Utica on Wednesday before dropping tilts to the Comets and Rockford on Saturday and Sunday. Chicago closes out a four-game homestand Thursday against Texas before hitting the road for a two-game weekend series in Oklahoma City. The Wolves sit in the 10th spot in the Western Conference with 65 points in 60 games, above Toronto (65/61) but trailing Texas (70/60), Hamilton (69/63), and Adirondack (67/60).
The Chicago Wolves salvaged one point from the weekend, getting swept in two games in Lake Erie but taking the Monsters to overtime on Friday. The team returns to Allstate Arena this week for the first three games of a tough four-game homestand against Utica (twice) and Rockford, the Western Conference’s No. 3 and 4 teams, respectively. Chicago will need to earn some points if it hopes to climb back into the playoff race, dropping to the No. 10 seed over the weekend. The Wolves are in a five-team battle for the final two spots as Hamilton, Texas, Adirondack, Chicago, and Toronto (Nos. 7-11) are all separated by just two points. The Wolves have the third-best points percentage and the most home games remaining of those five teams, but face difficult competition.
The Chicago Wolves collected a win on Sunday against Milwaukee to rebound from a 5-0 loss to Grand Rapids on Saturday, the team’s largest margin of defeat this season, and salvage a weekend split. The Midwest Division competition continues as the Wolves travel to Cleveland for a two-game set against the Lake Erie Monsters. As Chicago attempts to regain its playoff spot (one point behind No. 8 Texas with one game in hand), the Monsters are four points behind the Wolves with one game in hand but host Milwaukee on Wednesday. The postseason race remains tight as just five points separates Nos. 7-11 in the Western Conference (Hamilton, Texas, Chicago, Adirondack, and Toronto, respectively).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).