The Houston Aeros (19-17-6-1) return home for the final game before the 2010 AHL All-Star Classic to host the Toronto Marlies (15-18-5-2), 7:35 PM at Toyota Center. The Aeros are coming off a 5-1 loss at Rockford last night, while Toronto lost to the Texas Stars 5-1 in Cedar Park. Watch tonight's game live on ahllive.com or listen to broadcaster Joe O'Donnell on 1070 AM-KNTH. Follow the interactive in-game blog on aeros.com.
The first 3,000 fans in attendance tonight will receive an Aeros trading card set. The Aeros will be accepting donations at the chuck-a-puck table for the American Red Cross to benefit victims of the Haiti earthquake.
D Max Noreau and G Anton Khudobin will represent the Aeros at the 2010 AHL All-Star Classic, Monday and Tuesday in Portland, ME. FS-Houston will broadcast both the 2010 Ducks Unlimited All-Star Skills Competition Monday night, and the 2010 AHL All-Star Game Tuesday night at the Cumberland County Civic Center.
HEAD TO HEAD
Record - Aeros: 19-17-6-1 (11-9-3-0 Home), Marlies: 15-18-5-2 (4-13-2-2 Road)
Powerplay: Aeros: 20th, 28-184 (15.2%); Marlies: 24th, 26-190 (13.7%)
Penalty Kill: Aeros: 2nd, 137-156 (87.8%); Marlies: 24th, 163-202 (80.7%)
Goals For/Game: Aeros: 2.58 (22nd); Marlies: 2.48 (26th)
Goals Against/Game: Aeros: 2.60 (6th); Marlies: 3.53 (27th)
Shots For/Game: Aeros: 27.23 (26th); Marlies: 27.10 (27th)
Shots Against/Game: Aeros: 25.09 (1st); Marlies: 30.30 (16th)
PIM/Game: Aeros: 15.02; Marlies: 24.83
Scoring First: Aeros: 15-3-3-1; Marlies: 8-3-2-2
TV Time - The Aeros will be featured in five television games on FS Houston and FS Plus beginning with a Feb. 27 game vs. TEX at Toyota Center. Other TV games include @ SA 3/3, vs. SA 3/5, @ TEX 4/3, @ SA 4/8.
Tight Division - The Aeros are once again in the midst of a tight division race this season. Houston currently sits in sixth place in the West Division with 45 points, yet only seven points separate Houston with first place Texas.
Squadron Leaders - RW Jon DiSalvatore leads the Aeros with 15 goals scored this season. RW J-M Daoust recorded an assists in Wednesday's game against the Hogs extending his team lead in points (33) and helpers (20). LW Matt Kassian registered a fighting major last night and continues to lead Houston with 87 PIM.
Extra Frame - Only Bridgeport (14) has been tied at the end of regulation more than the Aeros' 13 times.
Houston is 4-6 in overtime games and 2-1 in games decided by shootout. The Aeros have not won an overtime game since defeating Syracuse 5-4 at Toyota Center (12/28).
Home Sweet Home - Tonight is the final of four home games for the Aeros in January as the club finishes the month with seven of eight on the road.
Scoring First - In 43 games played this season the Aeros have scored first in 22 contests sporting a record of 15-3-3-1 in those games.
Aeros vs. North - The Aeros hold a 7-5-1-0 record against North Division foes including a 2-1 overtime victory over Toronto at Ricoh Coliseum Nov. 28. Tonight's game is the first of three straight against North Division opponents.
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