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.
Chicago enters today’s game against Grand Rapids with the same number of points (58) as the Griffins, but the visitors hold one game in hand and own the league’s biggest offensive force in Teemu Pulkkinen. He leads the AHL with 29 goals in 43 games, which is 7 goals more than the No. 2 guy (Albany’s Paul Thompson) and 8 more than the Wolves’ Shane Harper.
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.