Robert Desimone, Communications Manager
Palmer Hestley, Asst. Communications Manager
March 12, 2010
3-IN-3 CONTINUES IN CHICAGO TOMORROW NIGHT
The Aeros face the Peoria Rivermen tonight in a 7:35 p.m. game at Toyota Center. Houston is coming off a five-game State Farm Lone Star Faceoff stretch going 1-3-0-1 in three games against the Texas Stars and two with the San Antonio Rampage. Peoria is playing its third straight within the Lone Star State taking a 6-5 shootout loss at San Antonio Tuesday before falling 3-2 to the Texas Stars Wednesday night. The Aeros are 4-1-0-0 in five games against Peoria this season and will face the Rivermen two more times this year.
TONIGHT'S GAME NOTES
HEAD TO HEAD
Record - Aeros: 29-28-6-2 (16-13-3-0, Home),
Rivermen: 30-27-2-6 (12-14-1-4, Road)
Power Play - Aeros: 46-287, 16.0% (21st),
Rivermen: 63-302, 20.9% (2nd)
Penalty Kill - Aeros: 225-262, 85.9% (5th),
Rivermen: 230-286, 80.4% (23rd)
Goals Scored - Aeros: 2.63 (24th), Rivermen: 2.85 (18th)
Goals Allowed - Aeros: 2.75 (8th), Rivermen: 3.08 (22nd)
Penalty Minutes - Aeros: 16.58 PIM/gm (13th),
Rivermen: 17.52 PIM/gm (16th)
Scoring First - Aeros: 21-3-3-2, Rivermen: 22-8-1-6
Playoff Push - The West Division is the only division in the American Hockey League (AHL) with seven winning teams. Houston currently sits in seventh place 11 points behind Milwaukee for the fourth and final playoff spot in the West. The Aeros travel to Chicago tomorrow night to take on the division leading Chicago Wolves.
Within the Division - The Aeros have played 42 games within the West Division this season going 15-21-5-1. Of Houston's remaining 15 games, only one (Lake Erie) is not a division game.
Squadron Leaders - D Maxim Noreau tallied an assist at Texas Saturday for his club leading 46th point and 29th helper. RW Jon DiSalvatore scored a goal last Friday vs. San Antonio for his team-leading 19th goal of the campaign. LW Matt Kassian continues to lead all Aeros skaters with 137 PIM.
Streaking - D Jamie Fraser is currently riding a seven-game point streak (3g, 4a) tying him with Noreau for the longest point streak among Aeros skaters this season. Noreau registered three goals and four assists Nov. 28 - Dec. 16.
Slow Starters - The Aeros have scored a league-low 34 first period goals this season while being outshot 524-515 in the opening frame. Houston has outscored and outshot their opponents in both the secon period and third period this season.
This Time Last Year - Last year the Aeros were 32-24-1-8 with 15 games left in the regular season trailing the Milwaukee Admirals for the top spot in the West Division by 16 points. The club would ultimately finish the season in third place en route to a Western Conference Finals exit to Manitoba.
Career Years - Noreau (17-29=46) and RW J-M Daoust (17-27=44) have each already set personal bests in goals scored, assists and points for a season.
Milestones - RW Duncan Milroy's next goal will be his 100th of his pro career. RW Danny Irmen is six games away from his 300th pro game. C Tony Hrkac is three goals away from his 300th of his pro career.
The Aeros travel to Chicago tomorrow night to take on the West Division leading Wolves in a 7 p.m. match-up at Allstate Arena. The team finishes up the 3-in-3 Sunday afternoon at Rockford for a 5:05 p.m. puck drop with the IceHogs. Watch the games live on ahllive.com or listen to Joe O'Donnell's call on 1070 AM-KNTH. Follow the interactive in-game blog here on aeros.com.
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