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.
Last season, the Wolves opened the second half with a 4-3 shootout victory over Rockford on the third Saturday in January before 16,005 fans on Girl Scout Night. That served as the springboard for a 25-7-3-3 run that earned Chicago’s second Midwest Division title in three years.
The Wolves have only dropped one game to Lake Erie at Allstate Arena --- a 5-3 decision on Jan. 14, 2012 --- since the teams first faced off in 2007-08; overall the Wolves hold an 13-1-0-0 record against the Monsters in the comfort of their own arena.