Nov. 14 at Peoria, 3:05 p.m. CST
Nov. 17 vs. Chicago, 7:05 p.m. CST
The Houston Aeros (6-6-1-2, 15 pts.) visit the Peoria Rivermen (9-5-0-1, 19 pts.) to close out a five-game road trip (Sun. 3:05 p.m.). The Aeros dropped a 3-0 decision at Carver Arena Saturday night. The loss was their first regulation defeat after a six-game run earning at least a point. After winning seven in a row and seven of their first eight games, the Rivermen were 1-6-0-1 in eight games until last night’s win. Peoria leads Houston in the West Division standings by four points.
Houston Aeros (Minnesota Wild)
Peoria Rivermen (St. Louis Blues)
AEROS AT A GLANCE
RECORD: 6-6-1-2, 15 pts.
STREAK: LOST 1
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
BUSY KHUDOBIN --- Anton Khudobin has started six of the last seven games and is 4-1-1 and has stopped 166 of 178 (.932) in that span.
KHUDOBIN AMONG LEAGUE LEADERS --- Anton Khudobin enters Sunday fifth n AHL save percentage (.934) and sixth in GAA (2.07).
SCHEDULE NOTES --- The Aeros are currently in 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...The Aeros will finish the calendar year of 2010 playing 18 of their next 27 games away from Toyota Center; The longest home-stand remaining in 2010 is four games from Nov. 26-Dec. 3...The Aeros will 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.
POWER UP --- The Aeros have scored power play goals in four of five games (6-for-28). The team scored PPG in back-to-back games for the first time this season with Jarod Palmer’s man-advantage tally Nov. 6 at OKC. The Aeros went 1-for-6 vs. the Barons that night after going 1-for-6 vs. Toronto the night before.
MOVIN' ON UP --- The Aeros have already had seven callups up to Minnesota (Gillies, Wellman, Kassian, Almond-2x, Scandella, Earl).
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 6-1-0-2 when scoring first this season and 0-5-1-0 when allowing the first goal.
SCORE EARLY! --- The Aeros are 6-0-0-2 when leading after 20 minutes and 0-3-0-0 when trailing after the opening period.
HITTIN' THE ROAD --- The Aeros play 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 after Nov. 5 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.
SHOOTIN' --- The Aeros are 6-2-0-2 when being outshot and 0-3-1-0 when outshooting their opponents.
RECENT ROSTER MOVES --- 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…C Rylan Kaip was reassigned to Bakersfield from Houston on Nov. 7…C Rylan Kaip was recalled from Bakersfield (ECHL) on Nov. 5... C Cody Almond was recalled by Minnesota on Nov. 4...LW Colton Gillies was assigned by Minnesota to Houston on Nov. 3
LAST GAME QUICK RECAP
Matt McIlvane broke a scoreless deadlock 9:24 into the second period and Jake Allen made 22 saves as the Peoria Rivermen ended a six-game unbeaten-in-regulation streak for the Houston Aeros Saturday night at Carver Arena. Derek Nesbitt and T.J. Hensick each had a goal and an assist for Peoria. After McIlvane scored in the second, the Rivermen added goals 3:41 apart in the second led by Nesbitt.
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