The Wolves have won five of their last six tilts and have not dropped a regulation contest since Dec. 14; Chicago, which finished the month of December with a 7-3-1-0 mark, enter the new year with a 17-12-1-2 record and a .578 winning percentage.
The Wolves open a three-game homestand on Wednesday against Hamilton before back-to-back division games against Grand Rapids (Saturday) and Milwaukee (Sunday); Chicago has posted just a 4-7-0-0 mark at home this year while playing the second-fewest home games in the AHL (11).
The Wolves will play three games in four days beginning Wednesday, all three of which will be played on the road; seven of Chicago’s 11 victories this season have come on enemy ice and its .667 road winning percentage is the fourth-best in the Western Conference (7-3-0-2).
The Wolves enter the final week of November having lost two games (0-1-0-1) after a five-game win streak; the club, which has posted a 7-2-0-1 mark in November, closes the month with two home games against Iowa on Nov. 27 and Rockford on Nov. 29 before ending the month in Rockford on Nov. 30.
The Wolves current five-game win streak marks the first time they have won five in a row since Jan. 6-13, 2012, a span of 131 AHL outings; the last time Chicago has won six consecutive tilts was part of an eight-game winning streak from Feb. 9-21, 2010.
The Wolves won both their tilts in Charlotte last week, the first time this season they have won back-to-back games; Chicago, which has posted a 3-1-0-0 mark to start November, has pulled back to the .500 mark at 6-6-0-1 through 13 games this season.
The Wolves exploded for six goals and shut out Oklahoma City on Friday, the eighth time in franchise history the team has won a game on the road by six or more markers; the franchise record for win margin on the road is eight goals, which has happened twice.
The Wolves close out their October schedule with three games this week, beginning with a game at Iowa and their first trip to Des Moines since 2009; Chicago has posted a 3-3-0-0 record to start the 2013-14 season and is still looking to put together back-to-back wins this season.