Robert Desimone, Communications Manager
Palmer Hestley, Asst. Communications Manager
February 27, 2010
AEROS HOST STARS TO CONCLUDE 3-IN-3 TOMORROW NIGHT
The Houston Aeros travel to Cedar Park, TX to rekindle the State Farm Lone Star Faceoff with the Texas Stars tonight in a 7:30 p.m. puck drop at the Cedar Park Center. The Aeros fell to the Manitoba Moose 3-2 last night in Houston while the Stars enter tonight's affair on a three-game losing streak. The Aeros have a 2-4-1-0 record against the Stars in seven outings this season. The two clubs take the ice again tomorrow night for a 7:35 p.m. puck drop at Toyota Center. The game will be televised live on Fox Sports Plus and the first 3,000 fance in attendance will receive a red Aeros dry-fit shirt.
AEROS GAME NOTES
HEAD TO HEAD
Record - Aeros: 28-25-6-1 (13-13-3-1, Road),
Stars: 31-21-3-4 (16-10-1-2, Home)
Power Play - Aeros: 43-262, 16.4% (21st),
Stars: 45-248, 18.1% (13th)
Penalty Kill - Aeros: 201-233, 86.5% (4th),
Stars: 287-218, 85.8% (5th)
Goals Scored - Aeros: 2.63 (24th), Stars: 2.86 (15th)
Goals Allowed - Aeros: 2.70 (10th), Stars: 2.41 (2nd)
Penalty Minutes - Aeros: 15.93 PIM/gm (10th),
Stars: 13.03 PIM/gm (2nd)
Scoring First - Aeros: 20-3-3-1, Stars: 24-5-1-1
State Farm Lone Star Faceoff - The Texas Stars currently hold the top spot in the State Farm Lone Star Faceoff with a 10-3-0-1 record (21 pts.). The Aeros hold the middle position with a 7-6-2-0 mark (16 pts.) while the San Antonio Rampage are in third going 5-7-3-0 (13 pts.). Tomorrow night's game between the Aeros and the Stars will be the first of six televised games within a partnership between the three Texas-based AHL clubs, State Farm and Fox Sports Net.
3-in-3 - The Aeros play the second game of a three-games-in-three-nights stretch. It's the third consecutive 3-in-3 for Houston going 1-2-0-0 in the previous two. The Aeros are 10-4-2-0 in the second game of a back-to-back entering tonight. The club plays a total of seven 3-in-3s this season after playing 15 last season.
Playoff Chase- The Aeros enter tonight's contest trailing the Stars by six points for the fourth and final playoff spot in the West Division.
Squadron Leaders - D Maxim Noreau scored a goal vs. Manitoba last night for his team-leading 44th point (16g, 28a) of the season. RW Jon DiSalvatore leads Aeros skaters with 18 goals scored and LW Matt Kassian remains the club leader in PIMs with 113.
Home and Away - The Aeros have converted 26 of 123 power play opportunities on the road (21.1%) as opposed to going 17 for 139 on home ice. Only Worcester (22.0%) has a better power play percentage away from home.
Starting Slow - The Aeros have failed to score first in their last five games and eight of their last 10. Houston has also scored a league-low 31 first period goals this season.
Milestones - RW Danny Irmen moved into third position by himself with his 287th AHL game played in an Aeros sweater last night passing Dan Cavanaugh. C Nathan Smith is three points away from his 200th pro/AHL point after recording an assist last night. Noreau's next point will be his 100th in an Aeros sweater and Kassian is nine PIMs away from 300 in the AHL.
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