From: Robert Desimone, Communications Manager
Palmer Hestley, Asst. Communications Manager
February 5, 2010
GILLIES SUSPENDED TWO GAMES FOR ACTIONS WEDNESDAY VS. PEORIA
The Houston Aeros travel to Milwaukee to face the Admirals tonight for a 7:30 p.m. puck drop at the Bradley Center. Milwaukee shutout the Aeros 2-0 in their last meeting a week ago at the Bradley Center. Houston has since gone on a three-game winning streak with a victory over Abbotsford sandwiched between wins over the Peoria Rivermen. The Admirals have gone 1-1-0-0 since defeating the Aeros last week including a 5-1 win over Texas Tuesday. Tonight is the fifth of eight match-ups between the two squads. Watch the game live on ahllive.com or listen to Joe O'Donnell's call on 1070 AM-KNTH. Follow the interactive in-game blog right here on aeros.com.
*The AHL has announced Aeros LW Colton Gillies will be suspended for two (2) games as a result of his actions in Wednesday's game vs. Peoria. He'll miss tonight's game and tomorrow night's game in Grand Rapids.
AEROS GAME NOTES
GAME DAY AUDIO
RW Jon DiSalvatore
Admirals' Head Coach Lane Lambert
HEAD TO HEAD
Record - Aeros: 25-19-6-1 (11-10-3-1, Road)
Admirals: 28-17-1-5 (12-7-0-2, Home)
Power Play - Aeros: 39-228, 17.1% (18th),
Admirals: 40-194, 20.6% (4th)
Penalty Kill - Aeros: 175-202, 86.6% (4th),
Admirals: 154-196, 78.4% (27th)
Goals Scored - Aeros: 2.78 (17th), Admirals: 2.98 (10th)
Goals Allowed - Aeros: 2.59 (5th), Admirals: 2.86 (14th)
Penalty Minutes - Aeros: 16.18/gm (11th),
Admirals: 13.65/gm (4th)
Scoring First - Aeros: 19-3-3-1, Admirals: 19-1-1-3
Tight Division - The Aeros enter tonight's game four points out of the fourth and final playoff spot in the West Division occupied by Chicago. Only seven points separate the top five teams in the division. Overall, the Aeros are 13-14-5-0 against divisional foes including a 1-2-1-0 mark vs. Milwaukee.
Squadron Leaders - RW Jon DiSalvatore leads the Aeros with 18 goals scored in 50 games this season. D Maxim Noreau holds the club lead in both points (40) and assists (26). Noreau also leads AHL blue-liners in points and goals scored with 14. LW Matt Kassian remains the team leaders with 101 PIM.
Milestones - C Peter Zingoni's played in his 200th AHL game Wednesday vs. Peoria. DiSalvatore is two games away from his 500th pro game and seven games away from his 500th AHL contest (493 AHL, 5 NHL). Noreau is five points away from his 100th AHL point.
Home vs. Road - The Aeros rank 26th in the AHL on the power play at home converting 15 of 121 (12.4%). On the road, Houston ranks secondin the league on the man advantage converting on 24 of 107 opportunities (22.4%).
Hit Me With Your Best Shot - The Aeros have recorded less than 20 shots in two straight contests, tying a season-high. In all, Houston has played in five games this season in which they've failed to reach the 20-shot plateau going 4-0-1-0 in those games.
Working Overtime - The Aeros have played in 15 games that have gone beyond regulation this season, including a 5-4 shootout win at Peoria Saturday. Only Bridgeport (19) has played more. Of the 15 games, 11 have ended in the overtime session (most in the AHL). The Aeros are 5-6 in overtime games and 3-1 in shootouts. Of their six OTL, five have come against West Division opponents.
Streaking - The Aeros are currently riding a team-high three game winning streak, their fifth of that length this season.
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