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.
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.
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).
The Wolves open a season-high six-game homestand against Lake Erie on Saturday; Chicago, which has notched a 8-5-0-2 mark at home this year, has played just 15 of its 32 games this season at the Allstate Arena, tied for the fifth-fewest home tilts in the AHL.
Chicago has won six of its last seven contests after suffering through a season-high five-game winless streak; the Wolves rank seventh in the Western Conference with 34 points (15-10-1-3), but hold at least one game in hand on everyone ahead of them in the standings except the Milwaukee Admirals.
The Wolves play six of their remaining eight games in December against Midwest Division foes; Chicago, which has posted a 7-6-0-1 mark against divisional foes this year, shares third place in the Midwest Division with 26 points (11-9-1-3) and holds at least one game in hand on everyone except Milwaukee.
The Wolves play eight of their remaining 11 games in December against Midwest Division foes; Chicago, which sits in fourth place in the Midwest Division with 22 points (9-8-1-3), has posted a 6-5-0-1 mark against divisional opponents this season.
The Wolves posted a 6-3-0-0 record (.667) during the month of November after opening the 2011-12 season with a 3-4-0-2 mark in October; Darren Haydar paced the team with 9 assists and 12 points in November, while Kevin Connauton and Nathan Longpre shared first with 4 goals.
The Wolves season-high, four-game winning streak was snapped by a 4-3 loss to San Antonio on Saturday at the Allstate Arena; Chicago, which has won its last four tilts on enemy ice, hits the road for a contest against the Texas Stars on Wednesday.
The Wolves have won three straight contests to move above the .500 mark for the first time this season (6-5-0-2); Chicago, which has won four of its last five outings, wraps up a five-game road trip Friday at Milwaukee before returning home for a game against San Antonio on Saturday.