At several points during every Chicago Wolves season, general manager Wendell Young offers his thoughts on the team with his "State of the Pack" insights. When he answered questions in November, the Wolves ranked among the top handful of teams in the Western Conference. At this juncture, the Wolves are holding on to the eighth and final playoff spot -- but there's little difference between the fifth and 10th teams and plenty of time to become re-established as a primary threat to capture the Calder Cup.
The Chicago Wolves closed out their four-game season series with San Antonio last weekend, earning a weekend split and season series split with the Rampage following a win on Saturday and loss on Sunday. The team’s attention turns back to the Midwest Division as two rivals --- Grand Rapids and Milwaukee --- roll into town for another busy weekend. The Griffins and Admirals are tied atop the division standings, slightly edging out Rockford, who has the same amount of points but with an extra game played. In addition to that trio, the Wolves are clinging to the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference, making four of the eight teams currently in playoff spots members of the Midwest Division.