Robert Desimone, Communications Manager
Palmer Hestley, Asst. Communications Manager
February 25, 2010
STATE FARM LONE STAR FACEOFF CONTINUES TOMORROW
The Aeros host the Manitoba Moose in the fourth and final matchup between the two clubs tonight, 7:05 p.m. at Toyota Center. The Aeros begin its third of three straight 3-in-3s tonight. Houston went 1-2-0-0 in a home 3-in-3 Feb. 12-14 and followed with the same 1-2-0-0 record in a road 3-in-3 last weekend. Manitoba enters the contest in the midst of a seven-game road trip where the Moose is currently 2-2-0-0 through the first four games. Watch the game on ahllive.com or listen to Joe O'Donnell's broadcast on 1070 AM-KNTH. Follow the interactive in-game blog here on aeros.com.
TONIGHT'S GAME NOTES
Troy G. Ward
HEAD TO HEAD
Record - Aeros: 28-24-6-1 (15-13-3-0, Home),
Moose: 28-25-5-1 (12-15-2-0, Road)
Power Play - Aeros: 42-259, 16.2% (21st),
Moose: 34-257, 13.2% (27th)
Penalty Kill - Aeros: 199-231, 86.5% (4th),
Moose: 205-252, 81.3% (19th)
Goals Scored - Aeros: 2.64 (24th), Moose: 2.56 (25th)
Goals Allowed - Aeros: 2.69 (10th), Moose: 3.00 (30th)
Penalty Minutes - Aeros: 16.10 PIM/gm (11th),
Moose: 18.08 PIM/gm (19th)
Scoring First - Aeros: 20-3-3-1, Moose: 16-9-1-0
3-in-3 - The Aeros begin its third consecutive three-games-in-three-nights stretch. The Aeros travel to Cedar Park, TX tomorrow for a 7:30 p.m. showdown with the Texas Stars before the Stars come to Houston for a 7:35 p.m. puck drop Saturday night from Toyota Center. The Aeros have seven 3-in-3s this season as opposed to 15 last season.
Aeros vs. North - The Aeros are playing their 21st game against a North Division opponent and enter tonight's affair with a 13-6-1-0 record against the division including a 9-1-1-0 mark against Canadian based teams (2-1-0-0 vs. MTB). Houston hosts the Lake Erie Monsters Mar. 26 in its final game against a North division opponent this season.
Wild West - The West Division's top five teams are currently separated by 15 points. Houston sits in fifth position on the outside looking in six points back of the division's fourth and final playoff spot inhabited by Lone Star rival Texas.
Squadron Leaders - D Maxim Noreau scored a goal and added an assist to take over the club lead in points with 43 (15g, 28a). RW Jon DiSalvatore remains the team leader with 18 goals scored and LW Matt Kassian leads Aeros skaters with 113 PIM.
Home and Away - The Aeros are 15-11-3-0 on home ice, 16 of 136 (11.8%) on the power play and 99 of 113 (87.6%) on the penalty kill. Away from Toyota Center, they carry a 13-13-3-1 record and have converted on 26 of 123 (21.1%) power plays while killing 100 of 117 (85.5%) penalties. Houston's 76 goals on home ice this season is third lowest in the AHL (Adirondack - 61, Bridgeport - 73).
Milestones - RW Danny Irmen is currently tied with Dan Cavanaugh for third place among Aeros all-time AHL games played. C Nathan Smith is four points from his 200th pro/AHL point. Noreau is two points away from his 100th AHL/Aeros point. Kassian is nine PIM away from 300 AHL PIMs.
The Aeros travel to Cedar Park, TX tomorrow night to face the Texas Stars as the two clubs rekindle the State Farm Lone Star Faceoff. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Cedar Park Center. The Stars visit Toyota Center the following evening, Saturday for a 7:35 p.m. game to be televised live on Fox Sports Plus.
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