, Communications Manager
, Asst. Communications Manager
March 6, 2010
The Houston Aeros play the fifth of five consecutive State Farm Lone Star Faceoff games as they visit the Texas Stars, 7:00 PM from Cedar Park Center. The Aeros moved into second place in the State Farm Lone Star Faceoff Standings with their 3-1 win last night over the San Antonio Rampage. Houston also passed San Antonio for fifth in the West Division, nine points behind the Stars. Texas is coming off a 4-3 OT victory vs. Rockford last night. Tonight is the tenth of 12 meetings this season between the two teams.
AEROS GAME NOTES
HEAD TO HEAD
Record - Aeros: 29-27-6-2 (13-14-3-2, Road),
Stars: 34-22-3-4 (18-11-1-2, Home)
Power Play - Aeros: 45-282, 16.0% (21st),
Stars: 51-273, 18.7% (12th)
Penalty Kill - Aeros: 220-257, 85.6% (5th),
Stars: 206-237, 86.9% (2nd)
Goals Scored - Aeros: 2.63 (24th), Stars: 2.92 (15th)
Goals Allowed - Aeros: 2.73 (9th), Stars: 2.44 (3rd)
Penalty Minutes - Aeros: 16.50 PIM/gm (13th),
Stars: 13.70 PIM/gm (3rd)
Scoring First - Aeros: 21-3-3-2, Stars: 26-5-1-1
State Farm Lone Star Faceoff - The Texas Stars currently hold the top spot in the State Farm Lone Star Faceoff with a 12-4-0-1 record (25 pts.). The Aeros (8-8-2-1) are second with 19 points, moving two points ahead of the Rampage (7-8-3-0) after last night's win.
Playoff Chase - The Aeros enter tonight's contest trailing the Stars by nine points for the fourth and final playoff spot in the West Division. Houston moved one point ahead of San Antonio for fifth in the West Division with 66 points. The Aeros play 15 of their final 16 games against West Division opponents and currently holds a 15-20-5-1 record against the West.
3 Goals - The Aeros scored have three goals in back-to-back games for the first time since March 5 at Milwaukee (L 5-3) and March 6 at Grand Rapids (W 3-2). The Aeros are 21-3-2-2 when scoring at least three goals.
Special Teams - The Aeros went 1-for-4 on the power play last night and have power play goals in back-to-back games. The Aeros are 2-for-7 in their last two games after going 2-for-31 in the previous eight games. Houston is tied for 20th in the AHL (Albany) at 16.0%.
Squadron Leaders - D Maxim Noreau's goal at San Antonio Wednesday was his 100th AHL point and team-leading 45th point (17-28=45) of the season. RW Jon DiSalvatore scored last night and leads Aeros skaters with 19 goals this season. LW Matt Kassian remains the club leader in PIMs with 137.
Scoring First - The Aeros scored first last night for the second game in a row after allowing the first goal in seven straight games. Houston improved to 21-3-3-2 when scoring first this season.
The Hrkac is Back in Town - The Aeros signed veteran forward Tony Hrkac Monday. Hrkac came out of a four-year retirement to join the Aeros last season (Mar. 11, 2009). Hrkac scored two goals and two assists in 12 regular season contests before registering 14 points (4-10=14) in 19 playoff games for Houston last Spring.
Milestones - C Nathan Smith's second goal last night was his 200th pro/AHL point.
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