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The Houston Aeros enter the week of Jan. 24, 2011, winners in eight of their last 11 games and battling for the No. 1 spot in the West Division and Western Conference. Houston is tied for second place with Milwaukee and OKC and sits one point out of first place. The team visits Syracuse on Wednesday before returning home to host Abbotsford on Friday.
The Aeros completed a three-in-three weekend, their eighth of 13 on this season, with a 2-1-0-0 record. The team scored goals in all three periods on Friday to beat Texas 3-1, upended Lake Erie 2-1 on the road Saturday and fell 4-2 on Sunday at Toronto.
AHL ALL-STAR CLASSIC
Defenseman Maxim Noreau will represent the Aeros at the AHL All-Star Classic in Hershey, Pa. The event includes the AHL Skills Competition on Sunday, Jan. 30 (2 p.m. CST) and the All-Star Game on Monday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. CST. The game will be televised live on both FSN Houston and Southwest. For a full listing of TV availability, visit THEAHL.COM.
AEROS AT A GLANCE
RECORD: 26-19-1-3, 56 pts.
STANDING: T2, West Division
STREAK: Lost 1
PP: 16.6% (18th).........................PK: 84.7% (7th)
PPG: 36....................................................SHG: 4
AEROS GOALIES: Anton Khudobin won his first AHL start since Dec. 27 with 25 saves in a 2-1 victory at LE on Jan. 22. He spent almost two weeks on recall to MIN from Jan. 8-20…Matt Hackett is 5-2-1-1 in his last eight decisions and 3-1-0-1 in his last five.
LAST GAME QUICK LOOK: Carson McMillan and Warren Peters provided the offense but the Houston Aeros relinquished a two-goal lead in a 4-2 decision to the Toronto Marlies Sunday at Ricoh Coliseum.The loss halted Houston’s points streak at seven games (6-0-0-1) and dropped the team into a three-way tie with Oklahoma City and Milwaukee for the No. 2 position in the West Division.
AEROS TIDBITS: Houston tied a season-long three-game road winning streak on Jan. 22 at LE; the streak was snapped on Jan. 23 at TOR...The Aeros scored the first goal for the AHL-leading 31st time on Jan. 23 at TOR; they are 21-7-0-3 when doing so… Jon DiSalvatore had a five-game scoring streak snapped while Patrick O’Sullivan had a four-game streak snapped on Jan. 23 at TOR…The Aeros penalty kill had held opponents to one or no goals in 16-straight games prior to Jan. 23…J.M. Daoust played in his 400th pro game on Jan. 23. His next point will be his 300th as a pro... The Aeros are unbeaten in regulation at home (5-0-0-1) since Dec. 26... Along with the Chicago Wolves and Lake Erie Monsters, the Aeros have played the most games in the AHL so far this season (49)...Houston and Toronto have played the most road games in the AHL so far this season (28)...The Aeros are 8-2-0-1 in the month of January.
AEROS ROSTER MOVES
G Josh Tordjman was loaned to BAK on Jan. 20…G Anton Khudobin was reassigned by MIN on Jan. 20.
ALL-TIME AEROS RECORD: 6-5-0-1 (4-2-0-0 at home, 2-3-0-1 at Syracuse)
SEASON RECORD: 0-0-0-0 (0-0-0-0 at home, 0-0-0-0 at Syracuse)
ABOUT THE CRUNCH: Syracuse enters the week with a 16-24-1-4 record and winners in just three of its last 10...They are seventh in the East Division...The Crunch has the third-lowest goals for average 2.33 and the fifth-highest goals aganist average in the AHL...Syracuse is the primary affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks...They’ve played the second-fewest home games in the AHL so far this season (20)...The Crunch had been the affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets from 2000-2010...The franchise began as the Hamilton Canucks in 1992 and was affiliated with Vancoucver until the 2000-01 season.
SERIES NOTES: The Crunch are the only non-Western Conference team the Aeros play...Syracuse visits Houston on March 4...The teams have met twice in each of the last four seasons...The teams first met during the 2003-04 season.
ALL-TIME AEROS RECORD: 3-0-1-2 (1-0-1-0 at home, 2-0-0-2 at ABB)
SEASON RECORD: 0-0-0-2 (0-0-0-0 at home, 0-0-0-2 at ABB)
ABOUT THE HEAT: The Heat enter the week 21-19-2-4 in fifth place in the North Division...They have the lowest goals for average in the AHL (2.20) and the 10th lowest goals against average (2.72)...Goalie Leland Irving is tied for first in AHL wins (18) and is second with 15 losses...The Heat plays 10-straight on the road from Jan. 21- Feb. 9. This game will be their fourth on the trip; they split games at Manitoba last weekend and visit San Antonio on Wednesday...ABB is the affiliate of the Calgary Flames...The franchise can trace its roots to Providence, RI as the Rhode Island Reds. In 1977, the Reds moved to Portland, Maine, where the Maine Mariners played from 1977-92. The franchise was then purchased and moved to Utica, NY, where it was known as the Devils from 1987-93. Calgary bought the franchise rights and moved it to Saint John, NB, where it was known as the Saint John Flames (1993-2003). From there, they played two seasons as the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights (2005-07) and two seasons as the Quad City Flames before starting play in Abbotsford in 2009.
SERIES NOTES: The Heat edged the Aeros in back-to-back 3-2 shootouts on Nov. 8 and 9 at ABB...HOU led both games 2-0...HOU scored two PPG in each game...The teams meet again March 6 at HOU.
PP: 4/12 (33.3%)..........................PK: 7/8 (87.5%)
WHAT THE BIG CLUB’S UP TO
The Wild visits the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night, the team’s last game before the NHL All-Star Break. They hold the No. 3 spot in the Northwest Division and 10th in the Western Conference, just two points out of a playoff spot.
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