DEC. 29, 2010: AEROS AT ADMIRALS
The Houston Aeros (18-15-1-2) continue a three-game road trip with a tilt against the Milwaukee Admirals (18-10-2-4) at the Bradley Center. Houston is coming off a 2-1 victory at San Antonio on Monday. The win was Houston's second-in-a-row. A win tonight would pull Houston within one point of third place in the West Division, currently occupied by both Milwaukee and Texas (both have 42 standings points). The Admirals, lost at home last night in a 4-1 decision vs. Rockford. It was just their second regulation loss at home; they are 7-2-2-1 at home this season.
Dec. 29 at Milwaukee, 7:00 p.m. CST
Dec. 30 at Rockford, 6:35 p.m. CST
Jan. vs. San Antonio, 7:35 p.m. CST
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AEROS AT A GLANCE
RECORD: 18-15-1-2, 39 pts., 5th, West
STREAK: WON 2
Houston Aeros (Minnesota Wild)
Milwaukee Admirals (Nashville Predators)
AEROS SPECIAL TEAMS
PP: 16.2% (23rd)
PK: 84.1% (9th)
POINTS: Noreau (7-14-21)/Earl (9-12-21)
GOALS: Earl (9)
ASSISTS: Noreau (14)
PIM: Kassian (80)
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
TRENDING --- The Aeros have allowed the first goal in five of the last seven games after scoring first in eight straight…Warren Peters’ goal, 30 seconds into the first period on Dec. 26 snapped Houston’s scoreless skid at 159:13…The Aeros reversed a season-long four-game road losing skid with the Dec. 27 win at SA. Their last previous road win was Dec. 14 at Hamilton (3-1)…The Aeros won for just the second time this season when allowing the first goal (2-10-1-0) on Dec. 27 at SA...Anton Khudobin’s 39 saves on Dec. 27 were a personal high this season and second only to Matt Hackett’s 40 saves at OKC on Oct. 15…Khudobin snapped a personal three-game losing skid with the Dec. 27 win.
SCORE FIRST! --- Houston leads the AHL in first goals (22) and is 15-5-0-2 when scoring first. Cody Almond leads the club with three first-goals. Four other players have two game-opening tallies.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER --- The Aeros are 10-5-0-1 in games after a win this season…In games after a loss they are 7-7-1-0…In the second game of back-to-back outings they are 8-8-0-1…In the third game of a 3-in-3 they are 3-2-0-0.
HOMEBOYS --- Houston has won eight of 11 at home dating back to an Oct. 31 victory over Texas. Four of those wins have been by one goal; a pair has been decided by two goals...Nine of Houston’s 15 home games have been one-goal decisions (5-3-1-0) and three have been decided by two goals (2-1)…Except for
an 8-2 loss to Peoria, a5-3 defeat by San Antonio and 5-0 loss to Hamilton, the Aeros have not allowed more than three goals in a home game…Goals allowed (1 – 2X; 2 – 5X; 3 - 5X; 5 – 2X; 8 –1X).
TURNSTILE TIDBIT --- Through 15 home games, the Aeros are sixth in the AHL with an average attendance of 5,766. As of Dec. 23, 2009, the Aeros averaged 5,374 through 18 games.
WESTWARD --- The Aeros are 15-9-1-0 vs. West Division teams this season and have won three-in-a row against Division rivals.
WHEN IT’S CLOSE --- The Aeros are 9-4-1-2 in games decided by one goal.
HEATIN’ UP --- Jon DiSalvatore had two power play goals on Dec. 26 vs. Texas…Four of DiSalvatore’s even goals this season have come against the Stars…He has five multiple-point games this season.
FOUR-SCORE --- When scoring at least four goals the Aeros are undefeated (11-0-0-0). Houston has yet to win a game when allowing four or more goals (0-9-0-0) and is 0-6-0-0 on the road when doing so.
SCHEDULE NOTES --- Nine of the final 12 games of 2010 are on the road…A total of 18 of Houston’s final 27 games in the calendar year of 2010 are away from Toyota Center…Houston plays four games in five days from Dec. 26-30 and five in seven from Dec. 26-Jan. 1…The team played five games in seven days, all on the road, from Dec. 12-18.
RECENT ROSTER MOVES --- F Sean Muncy and F Aaron Lewicki were released from their PTO's on Dec. 28...F Pascal Morency was recalled from BAK on Dec. 28...D Jared Spurgeon was reassigned by MIN on Dec. 28...F Brock McBride signed a PTO on Dec. 28...F Sean Muncy and F Aaron Lewicki signed PTO's on Dec. 27...D Bryce Lampman was released from his PTO on Dec. 22…
LAST GAME QUICK RECAP
Anton Khudobin made 39 saves, Carson McMillan registered a goal and an assist and Robbie Earl scored the shorthanded game-winner as the Houston Aeros edged the San Antonio Rampage 2-1 Monday night at the AT&T Center. The Aeros, who have won two-in-a-row, are now within one point of fourth place Texas in the West Division standings and just six points off the lead held by the Rampage..