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.