With four games left in the regular season, the Wolves control their own playoff fate; Chicago can clinch a spot in the 2013 Calder Cup playoffs by winning all four of its games this week, beginning with a trip to Milwaukee on Tuesday.
The Wolves close out the month of March with three home games on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday before opening April with a season-high six- game road trip; Chicago has posted a 4-6-1-1 mark in March after dropping six regulation games in January and February combined (12-6-1-2).
The Wolves have played eight consecutive one-goal games, posting a 2-4-0-2 mark; Chicago had a streak of 10 straight one-goal games earlier this season from Dec. 8 to Jan. 5 (5-3-1-1) and it has had 36 of its tilts this year be decided by a single tally (16-11-5-4).
Beginning with tonight’s contest at Texas, the Wolves will play four games in six days for the first time this season; Chicago will play just its second three-in-three set this weekend when it travels to Milwaukee on Friday before hosting the Admirals on Saturday and Rockford on Sunday.
Chicago travels south to Texas for the first time this season this weekend and will play the AHL-leading Texas Stars on Friday and the San Antonio Rampage on Saturday; the Wolves lost six of their eight games inside the Lone Star State last season (including playoffs).
Chicago opens a season-high four-game homestand on Thursday when Charlotte visits the Allstate Arena; the Wolves, who will play five of their final six games during February in Rosemont, boast the fourth-highest home winning percentage in the Western Conference at .659 (13-6-1-2).
Chicago hosts Peoria on Tuesday in its final School-Day game of the season; the Wolves have posted a 7-2-0-0 mark in School-Day games since 2009-10 and have outscored their opponents 26-11 in their nine morning tilts over the last four seasons; both of the team’s morning games this year have been shutouts (1-1-0-0).