Nov. 17 vs. Chicago, 7:05 p.m. CST
Nov. 19 at Grand Rapids, 6:05 p.m. CST
Nov. 20 at Chicago, 7:35 p.m. CST
MEET AND GREET
Mark your calendars for 7 p.m. this Sunday. Come and meet Aeros players at Home Plate Bar and Grill (1800 Texas Avenue, Houston...713-222-1993) following the game vs. Texas.
The Houston Aeros (7-6-1-2, 17 pts.) play host to the Chicago Wolves (6-10-1-0, 13 pts.) for the first of four meetings this season and the first of two in four days; the teams meet again Saturday in Chicago. The Aeros are coming off a five-game road trip in which they went 2-1-0-2 and last played Sunday in a 5-2 win at Peoria. Chicago has dropped six in a row and fell 8-2 at Texas last night. Tonight closes eight in a row away from home for the Wolves; they won the first game of the trip at Lake Erie, a 6-5 shootout, but have been outscored 30-11 in the last six games. The Aeros are two points out of third place in the West Division; Chicago and Rockford are tied for the last spot in the West and are three points behind Texas for the No. 5 spot.
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AEROS AT A GLANCE
RECORD: 7-6-1-2, 17 pts.
STREAK: WON 1
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
POWER UP --- Houston’s power play has picked up recently, going 6-for-23 (26%) in the last four games. The Aeros were 3-for-51 (5.88%) in the month of October and have bounced back in November, stringing together an 8-for-35 (22.9%) run in eight games.
MOVIN' ON UP --- The Aeros have already had seven callups up to Minnesota (Gillies, Wellman, Kassian, Almond-2x, Scandella, Earl).
BUSY KHUDOBIN --- Anton Khudobin has started six of the last eight games, is 4-1-1 and has stopped 166 of 178 (.932) in that span.
HACKETT BREAKS SLUMP --- Matt Hackett earned his first win since Oct. 15 with a 21-save outing Nov. 14 in a 5-2 victory at PEO. Hackett was 0-3-1 between wins.
SCORE EARLY! --- The Aeros are 6-0-0-2 when leading after 20 minutes and 1-3-0-0 when trailing after the opening period.
SCORE FIRST! --- The Aeros scored the first goal in seven straight games (Oct. 29-Nov. 8) and were 4-1-0-2 in those contests. Houston is 7-1-0-2 when scoring first this season and 0-5-1-0 when allowing the first goal.
TURNSTILE TIDBITS --- The Aeros have averaged 5,733 in six home games so far during the 2010-11 season...Three of the six home games have been played on Sunday and the Aeros home attendance for the three non-Sunday games have been 7,892.
SHOOTIN' --- The Aeros are 6-2-0-2 when being outshot and 0-3-1-0 when outshooting their opponents.
SCHEDULE NOTES --- The Aeros just completed their longest stretch between home games of the season, a total of 12 days (Nov. 5 vs. TOR-Nov. 17 vs. CHI)...The Aeros opened the season playing six of their first 11 games at home...A total of 18 of Houston’s final 27 games in the calendar year of 2010 are away from Toyota Center; The longest home-stand remaining in 2010 is four games from Nov. 26-Dec. 3...The Aeros have two separate five-game road trips: Nov. 6-Nov. 14 and Dec. 12-Dec. 18. These two road trips are the longest of the 2010-11 season.
HITTIN' THE ROAD --- The Aeros played five in a row away from Toyota Center (one at OKC, two at ABB, two at PEO) from Nov. 5-14. Eight of the team's 10 games from Nov. 6-24 are on the road. After the first five away, the team plays at home Nov. 17 vs. CHI and then heads back out for games at GR and CHI.
RECENT ROSTER MOVES --- D Bryce Lampman was signed to a PTO on Nov. 16…LW Robbie Earl was recalled by Minnesota on Nov. 13…C Cody Almond was reassigned by Minnesota on Nov. 13…D Marco Scandella was recalled by Minnesota on Nov. 12…C Cody Almond was recalled by Minnesota on Nov. 10…C Cody Almond and LW Matt Kassian were reassigned to Houston from Minnesota on Nov. 7.
LAST GAME QUICK RECAP
Three Aeros collected multiple points, including defenseman Maxim Noreau who had a goal and two assists, and the Houston Aeros scored five times in the second period en route to a 5-2 win over the Peoria Rivermen Sunday at Carver Arena. The win snapped a three-game Houston winless skid and closed a five-game road trip at 2-1-0-2. Carson McMillan and Jared Spurgeon each added a goal and an assist and Matt Hackett made 21 saves for his first win since Oct. 15 and third overall this season.
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