The Chicago Wolves and their top-ranked offense are set to begin their run to a Calder Cup title Wednesday night at home in the Allstate Arena against a familiar foe, the Milwaukee Admirals.
The Wolves clinched the best record in the AHL's Western Conference with 111 points, and will have home-ice advantage in each Western Conference playoff series they play.
They also led the AHL in goals, scoring an even 300 on the season.
In the 10 game regular season series, the Wolves won six times, twice in overtime. Chicago outscored Milwaukee 30-27 in the 10 games.
AHL MVP Jason Krog led the league in goals, assists and points, and was the highest point scorer in the season series for either team. In the regular season, Krog scored 39 goals along with 73 assists, for a total of 112 points. He finished 24 points ahead of the next highest point scorer, Martin St. Pierre of the Rockford Ice Hogs.
This is the second straight year that the Wolves and Admirals have met in the AHL West Division Semifinals, with the Wolves sweeping Milwaukee last year.
These two teams have combined to win four out of the last six Western Conference titles, and each have a Calder Cup title to their credit.
After opening the series with Wednesday night's Game One, the two teams square off again Friday night in Game Two, also at Allstate Arena.
After that, they head north to Milwaukee's Bradley Center for Games Three and Four.
If necessary, Game Five will be in Chicago, Game Six back in Milwaukee, with Game Seven in Chicago.