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The Wolves return home for Game 3 on Tuesday, but face elimination after dropping the opening two games of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in San Antonio; Chicago has posted a 15-10 all-time mark when facing elimination in the playoffs, which includes an 8-6 mark on home ice.

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Chicago will open its 15th postseason run in 18 years when it travels to San Antonio for Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 19; the third-seeded Wolves, who chose to start on the road due to the series being a 2-3 format, have never met the sixth-seeded Rampage in the postseason.

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The Wolves enter the final week of the regular season one point shy of the 15th playoff berth in their 18-year history; Chicago, who sits in first place in the Midwest Division with 86 points (40-26-3-3), can clinch a spot in the 2012 Calder Cup playoffs by earning a point at Texas or any type of Rochester loss against Grand Rapids on Tuesday.

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With seven games remaining in the regular season, the Wolves sit in first place in the Midwest Division with 82 points (38-25-3-3); Chicago holds a three-point advantage over second-place Charlotte, but the Checkers have one game in hand. Third through 12th place in the Western Conference are separated by just eight points.

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Photo: Ross Dettman/Chicago WolvesWith nine games remaining in the regular season, the Wolves sit in first place in the Midwest Division with 79 points (37-25-2-3); Chicago holds a four-point advantage over second-place Charlotte and Peoria, but the Checkers have one game in hand on the Wolves, while Chicago holds a game in hand on the Rivermen.

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Photo: Lake Erie MonstersWith 12 games remaining in the regular season, the Wolves sit in first place in the Midwest Division with 75 points (35-24-2-3) and lead second-place Peoria by two points; Chicago holds a three-point advantage over third-place Charlotte, but the Checkers have two games in hand.

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With 15 games remaining in the regular season, the Wolves share second place in the Midwest Division with 71 points (33-23-2-3) and trail first-place Charlotte by one point, but the Checkers hold one game in hand; Chicago is tied for second place with Peoria, but the Wolves hold two games in hand on the Rivermen.

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The Wolves snapped a season-high-tying five-game winless streak on Sunday with a 4-1 win over Western Conference-leading Oklahoma City; the Wolves sit in second place in the Midwest Division with 67 points (31-22-2-3) and trail first-place Charlotte by three points, and travel to North Carolina for a pair of tilts against the Checkers on March 10 and 11.

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Forward Tim Miller. Photo: Ross Dettman/Chicago WolvesWith 21 games remaining in the regular season, the Wolves sit in second place in the Midwest Division with 65 points (30-20-2-3) and trail first-place Charlotte by three points, but hold one game in hand; Chicago, which has posted a 14-8-1-0 mark since the calendar turned to 2012, also holds the fourth spot in the Western Conference playoff race.

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Wolves captain Nolan Baumgartner is set to play in his 1,000th professional game on Friday; the 35-year-old defenseman has appeared in 143 National Hockey League contests and 856 American Hockey League games throughout his 16-year pro career.

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The Wolves open a five-game homestand against Grand Rapids on Wednesday; Chicago, which has notched a 14-9-0-2 mark at home this year, has only eight regular-season contests at the Allstate Arena after the conclusion of its five-game homestand on Feb. 25.

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