Robert Desimone, Communications Manager
Palmer Hestley, Asst. Communications Manager
February 19, 2010
AEROS BEGIN 3-IN-3 TONIGHT WITH 106TH MEETING WITH ADMIRALS
The Houston Aeros travel to Milwaukee to face the Admirals tonight for a 7:00 p.m. puck drop at the Bradley Center. Milwaukee defeated the Aeros 5-3 in their last meeting Feb. 5 at the Bradley Center. Houston is coming off a home 3-in-3 in which they lost to Grand Rapids 7-2, shutout the Griffins 1-0 in OT and lost to Chicago 3-0 Sunday. The Admirals lost 2-1 Sunday to San Antonio in its last game. The two clubs finish the season series Mar. 20-21 with back-to-back games at Toyota Center. 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.
AEROS GAME NOTES
D Jaime Sifers
Admirals' Head Coach Lane Lambert
HEAD TO HEAD
Record - Aeros: 27-22-6-1 (12-11-3-1, Road)
Admirals: 30-20-1-5 (13-9-0-2, Home)
Power Play - Aeros: 41-252, 16.3% (21st),
Admirals: 41-216, 19.0% (9th)
Penalty Kill - Aeros: 191-221, 86.4% (5th),
Admirals: 176-221, 79.6% (26th)
Goals Scored - Aeros: 2.70 (22nd), Admirals: 2.91 (13th)
Goals Allowed - Aeros: 2.66 (7th), Admirals: 2.86 (13th)
Penalty Minutes - Aeros: 15.75/gm (9th),
Admirals: 14.50/gm (5th)
Scoring First - Aeros: 20-3-3-1, Admirals: 20-2-1-3
Old Nemisis - Tonight marks the 106th meeting between the Aeros and Admirals, tying the 106 games played against the Chicago Wolves as Houston's longest standing rivalry. Houston is 33-33-11-1 against Milwaukee since the two clubs joined the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2001-02.
3-in-3 - Houston begins its fourth of seven 3-in-3s this season and second of three straight 3-in-3s. The Aeros have just seven 3-in-3s this season after 15 last season. The team plays at Chicago and at Peoria this weekend before playing vs. Manitoba, at Texas and vs. Texas Feb. 25-27. Houston is 5-9-0-1 in the first game of a back-to-back this season.
The Wild West - The top five teams in the West Division are separated by 11 points. The Aeros are on the outside looking in five points back of Milwaukee for the fourth and final playoff spot in the division. Including tonight's contest, Houston plays 23 of its final 25 games within the division.
Squadron Leaders - RW J-M Daoust leads the team with 42 points (17-25=42) after his OT GWG Saturday. RW Jon DiSalvatore leads the club with 18 goals scored while D Maxim Noreau leads the Aeros with 27 assists. LW Matt Kassian's 103 PIM is tops among the Aeros.
Extra Time - The Aeros have played in 16 games that have gone beyond regulation this season; only Bridgeport (21) and Springfield (17) have played more. Houston is 6-6 in games decided in overtime, only Springfield (13) has played in more games decided in the extra session. The Aeros are 3-1 in shootouts.
Rookie Returns - Rookie forward Cody Almond returns to the Aeros having tallied 10 points (4g, 6a) in his last nine AHL games. Almond was recalled to Minnesota (NHL) Feb. 11 where he made his NHL debut vs. Atlanta (2/12) skating four shifts for 2:49 TOI.
Milestones - Noreau is one point away from 100 pro points. DiSalvatore is two games away from his 500th in the AHL. RW Duncan Milroy is one game away from his 400th in the AHL. D Jamie Fraser is three games away from his 450th pro game and three points from his 100th pro point.
The Aeros continue its road 3-in-3 tomorrow night in Chicago for a 7 p.m. puck drop with the Wolves at Allstate Arena. Houston finishes the trip Sunday in Peoria for a 5 p.m. game at Carver Arena against the Rivermen. The Aeros return home to Toyota Center Thursday, Feb. 25 for a 7:05 puck drop against the Manitoba Moose so be sure to check out the "Spring Fling" deal on aeros.com.
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