Game Preview: Aeros at Amerks, 2/15/2013


Tonight marks the first of two meetings between the Houston Aeros (Minnesota Wild) and the Rochester Americans. Last season the Amerks were 1-1-0-0 against the Aeros, and 0-1 at home. Despite the end of the lockout depriving the Amerks of Cody Hodgson, Marcus Foligno, TJ Brennan, and Joe Finley, the Amerks have been on fire as of late. Will they be able to continue their winning ways? After the jump you’ll find a few notable statistics.

Records: (W-L-OTL-SOL)

  • Amerks: 45 GP 26-16-2-1, Currently 6th in the Western Conference
  • Aeros: 50 GP 25-18-4-3, Currently 5th in the Western Conference

Streaks: (Last 10 games.)

  • Amerks: 8-2-0-0
  • Aeros: 7-3-0-0

Goals:

  • Amerks: 160 GF (1st in AHL), 133 GA
  • Aeros: 135 GF,  133 GA

Penalties:

  • Amerks: 721 PIM, 186 PKs, 26 PPGA, 84.9 PK%, 6 SHGF, Currently 9th in the league
  • Aeros: 618 PIM, 181 PKs, 36 PPGA, 80.1 PK%, 6 SHGF, Currently 27th in the league

Power Plays:

  • Amerks: 207 PP chances, 44 PP Goals, 21.3 PP%, 5 SHGA (1 EN), Currently 3rd in the league
  • Aeros: 211 PP chances, 38 PP Goals, 18.0 PP%, 7 SHGA, Currently 10th in the league

Goalies: (* indicates projected starter.)

  • Amerks: David Leggio*, 38 GP 25-10-2-1, 2.76 GAA, 0.917 SV%, 106 GA, Saves: 1165 of 1271, 1 SO
  • Amerks: Nathan Lieuwen (Rookie), 0 GP
  • Aeros: Matt Hackett*: 34 GP 15-16-?-3, 2.67 GAA, 0.906 SV%, 93 GA, Saves: 894 of 987, 0 SO
  • Aeros: Darcy Kuemper (Rookie),  16 GP 10-6-?-0, 1.79 GAA, 0.938 SV%, 28 GA, Saves: 420 of 448, 4 SO (Currently not with team)
  • Aeros: John Curry, 0 GP

Forwards & Defensemen: (Points, Goals, Shots) (Minimum 1GP) (Excludes shootouts)

  • Amerks: 27/29 have points, 23/27 have goals, 156 goals on 1353 SOG by 26 players (0.115 Shot %)
  • Aeros: 31/42 have points, 27/31 have goals, 134 goals on 1380 SOG taken by 27 players (0.096 Shot %)

Since Darcy Kuemper is on recall with the Wild, I will assume that Matt Hackett will be getting the start over John Curry. Of course things could change by tonight, so we’ll find out come game time.

I’ll be in my usual seat (Section 114, Row G, Seat 13), so feel free to stop by and have an awkward conversation. Either that or creep me from afar, whichever you prefer.

Tonight’s game song is “Return of the Gods” by Running Wild.

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