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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Game Day - Aeros vs. Chicago Wolves

The Aeros open up a four-game homestand today against the Chicago Wolves. The theme all season has been tough schedule against tough opponent, and Sunday is more of the same for the Aeros who will host a red-hot Chicago Wolves team that tied the powerful Texas Stars with less than a minute left in regulation and then stunned the crowd just 27 seconds into OT for the winner.

Brett Sterling (picture left, scoring in the NHL!!!!) is the next Darren Haydar, and the Wolves are reaping the benefits. Sterling will never, ever be a good NHL player, so his future involves a ton of AHL sweaters before he finally decides to go over to Europe or Russia in a few years to, you know, take care of his family.

But so long as he is in Chicago, he will continue to terrorize the AHL just like he did Saturday in Cedar Park. He scored the game-winner and, oh yeah, some 47-year old guy named Chris Chelios assisted on the play.

Since their awful start, they've fired their coach, brought in a new staff and have done nothing but win. Their nice stretch of hockey started on Oct. 24 with a 7-1 win over Abbotsford. They have won six of eight and that gets them to .500 for the first time this season.

Sterling has scored the game-winning goal in their last two games, and Drew MacIntyre has started five games in a row since Manny Legace left for the Carolina Hurricanes organization. I would be really surprised if anyone other than MacIntyre got the call today as the Wolves had a week off before starting this three-in-three Tour de Texas.

Special teams may not play a factor in this one as both teams have terrible power plays and great penalty kills. Statistically, the Aeros have the edge in goal, as Anton has the third best GAA in the AHL, although MacIntyre's numbers might be a product of the team's horrible start.

Last year the Aeros were 5-1 against their long-time rivals, and they are 16-12 against them in the last five years overall. I can't begin to tell you how much those stats surprise me, but the Aeros are usually very good against the Wolves at home.

As for the Aeros, who have scored power play goals in three straight games, their power play numbers are finally above 10 percent!! Sorry, got a little excited there, but wow ... 10%. Point of reference here: The Aeros have scored eight power play goals this year. Hartford's Corey Locke and P-A Parenteau have seven, and six, respectively for a total of 13.


artandhockey said...

Nailbiter, for sure.

artandhockey said...

after the fact.. not much of a nailbiter at all.. more of a yawn!