The Houston Aeros travel to Grand Rapids, MI tonight to take on the Griffins in a 6 p.m. CST puck drop at Van Andel Arena. Houston had its three-game winning streak snapped last night in a 5-3 loss at Milwaukee. The Griffins ended a seven-game losing streak with a 6-3 victory over Toronto last night at Van Andel Arena. Tonight is the fourth of six games between the two clubs this season. The Aeros are 1-2-0-0 in their first three meetings. Watch the game live on ahllive.com or listen to Joe O'Donnell's radio call on 1070 AM-KNTH. Follow the interactive in-game blog right here on aeros.com.
AEROS GAME NOTES
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HEAD TO HEAD
Record - Aeros: 25-20-6-1 (11-11-3-1, Road)
Griffins: 22-27-0-1 (14-14-0-0, Home)
Power Play - Aeros: 39-234, 16.7% (20th),
Griffins: 35-202, 17.3% (17th)
Penalty Kill - Aeros: 180-207, 87.0% (4th),
Griffins: 171-218, 78.4% (28th)
Goals Scored - Aeros: 2.79 (17th), Griffins: 3.04 (8th)
Goals Allowed - Aeros: 2.63 (7th), Griffins: 3.44 (26th)
Penalty Minutes - Aeros: 16.06/gm (11th),
Griffins: 15.22/gm (7th)
Scoring First - Aeros: 19-3-3-1, Griffins: 13-6-0-1
Aeros vs. North - The Aeros are 11-5-1-0 against North Division opponents including a 6-4-0-0 mark on the road this season.
Squadron Leaders - RW Jon DiSalvatore remains the club leader in goals scored with 18. RW J-M Daoust tallied two assists last night vs. MIL to tie D Maxim Noreau with 40 points for the team lead. Noreau leads the Aeros with 26 assists while LW Matt Kassian's 101 PIM is tops among the Aeros.
Jump Start - The Aeros have scored first 26 times this season compiling a 19-3-3-1 record when taking a 1-0 lead.
Goalie Carousel - The Aeros have started four different goalies this season including Anton Khudobin, Wade Dubielewicz, Barry Brust and Ryan Nie.
Playoff Race - The Aeros are looking to make the playoffs for the 14th time in 16 seasons. The team is currently five points behind Chicago for the West Division's fourth and final playoff spot.
Special Teams - The Aeros ended a six-game streak in which they'd given up at least one power play goal last night going 5-for-5 on the penalty kill at Milwaukee. Houston's power play unit ranks 20th in the league converting 39 of 234 opportunities (16.7%). Away from Toyota Center the Aeros have converted 21.2% on the man advantage, fourth best in the league.
Close Calls - The Aeros are 10-7-6-1 in games decided by one goal this season with a 5-2-3-1 mark on the road.
Iron Man - Rookie C Chad Rau is the only Aeros skater to play in all 52 games this season for Houston. Rau ranks 14th among AHL rookies with 28 points (13g, 15a).
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Houston returns home Friday, February 12, vs. the Griffins, 7:35 p.m. from Toyota Center. It is the first of three games in three days at Toyota Center as the Aeros will host the Griffins Saturday, February 13, at 7:35 p.m., followed by the Chicago Wolves Sunday, February 14, at 4:05 p.m. Check out the Aeros “Sweetheart Deal” and get $25 Center Ice Seats, an Aeros fleece blanket and an autographed puck. For more information visit aeros.com or call 713-974-PUCK (7825).
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