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MARCH 5, 2011
HOUSTON AEROS (37-23-1-4) at TEXAS STARS (33-21-4-5)
CEDAR PARK CENTER (7:00 p.m. CST)
The Aeros visit the Texas Stars at Cedar Park Center in the second game of a three-game weekend. Houston is coming off a 3-1 win over Syracuse at home last night while the Stars edged San Antonio 6-5 in overtime in a game that saw San Antonio rally for five goals in the third period.
WHERE THEY STAND
The Aeros, with 79 points, sit two points out of first place in the West Division behind the Milwaukee Admirals. Texas is four points behind the Aeros in third place.
WHAT THE GAME MEANS
A win by the Aeros could pull them into a first place tie with Milwaukee in the West Division. Milwaukee hosts Manitoba tonight.
Houston is 9-1-0-0 vs. Texas this season and has won six straight… Two of the last three games were 4-1 victories for the Aeros… The Aeros PP is 12/44 while the PK is 8/41… HOU has outscored TEX 14-7 in the third period.
LAST GAME QUICK RECAP
Jarod Palmer scored twice, Chad Rau had a goal and an assist while Robbie Earl collected two assists as the Houston Aeros won their second consecutive game in a 3-1 decision over the Syracuse Crunch on Friday night at Toyota Center.
Houston Aeros (Minnesota Wild) --- The Wild is 34-25-6 with 74 points and holds the No. 3 spot in the Northwest Division. The Wild beat the New York Rangers 3-1 on Thursday. Casey Wellman had the game-winning goal.
AEROS UPCOMING GAMES
March 5 at TEX, 7:00 p.m.
March 6 vs. ABB, 5:05 p.m.
March 11 vs. MTB, 7:35 p.m.
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--- Patrick O’Sullivan was named the AHL/Reebok Player of the Month for February after posting 18 points (9-9-18) in 12 games.
---Patrick O’Sullivan has recorded multiple points in eight of his 21 games.
--- Goalie Josh Tordjman was recalled on Tuesday from Bakersfield (ECHL) after Anton Khudobin was traded to Boston... The Aeros alsoadded D Jeff Penner, who was acquired as part of from Boston as part of the Khudobin trade with Boston. Penner has posted 19 points (5-14-19) and is a plus-10 in 57 games with the AHL’s Providence Bruins this season.
--- The Aeros have earned 29 of their 37 victories when scoring the first goal of the game.
--- Houston is 28-16-1-1 vs. the West Division
--- Jon DiSalvatore set a team season high by recording points in eight straight games from Feb. 11-26. Patrick O’Sullivan matched the streak on March 4.
--- Max Noreau set a team and personal season high with an assist in his fifth straight game on March 2.
--- The Aeros set a franchise record and AHL season-high with six PPG on March 2 vs. RFD.
---Houston’s 8-1 win over RFD on March two tied a franchise record for goals scored in a game. A total of 13 Aeros recorded a point in the game.
AEROS GOALIES --- Matt Hackett is 6-1-1 in his last eight home decisions… Josh Tordjman is 3-0-0 in four appearances this season.
--- O’Sullivan; 8 games (5-10-15)... 19 of 21 as an Aero this season (13-16-29)
--- Noreau; 7 games (2-7-9)… Assists in team season high six games.
--- 2 games; Prosser (0-2-2), Earl (0-4-4), Rau (1-2-3)
INJURY UPDATE --- Jeff Penner is out with an upper body injury… Jamie Fraser is out with an upper body injury… Cody Almond is out with a lower body injury but is skating on his own… Drew Bagnall is day-to-day with an upper body injury… Matt Kassian is out with a lower body injury… Tyler Cuma is out for the season with a knee injury suffered Feb. 13, 2011 vs. PEO.
POWER PLAY --- Is 12/37 in the last six games… Has multiple PPG in 12 games and is 8-2-0-2 in those games… Set franchise record and AHL season-high with six PPG on March 2 vs. RFD… Was held to one or no PPG in 15 straight games prior to Feb. 4 (2-for-4).
PENALTY KILL --- Opponents are 2/19 in the last five games… Held opponents to one or no PPG in 15 straight games until TOR went 2-for-5 on Jan. 23…Has allowed multiple PPG in nine games and is 2-7-0-0 in those contests.
RECENT ROSTER MOVES --- F Jed Ortmeyer was reassigned by MIN on March 4… D Jamie Fritsch was signed to a PTO on March 4… F Joel Broda was recalled from BAK on March 4… F Casey Wellman was recalled by MIN on March 3… F Petr Kalus was traded to Columbus for futures on March 1… F Jed Ortmeyer was recalled by MIN on March 1… G Josh Tordjman was recalled from BAK on March 1… D Jeff Penner was loaned by MIN on March 1… F Warren Peters was recalled by MIN on Feb. 28… F Cody Almond was reassigned by MIN on Feb. 28… G Anton Khudobin was traded to BOS by MIN on Feb. 28 in exchange for D Jeff Penner and RW Mikko Lehtonen.
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