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Sunday, November 27, 2011

On the road again ... and loving it.

I asked Aeros head coach John Torchetti why he thought the Aeros were so much better on the road than at home. I asked him that question after the Aeros stole a point from the Stars in Friday's 2-1 overtime loss.

As you read right here after that game, he said if we knew to let him know because he basically had no idea.

Well, the numbers don't lie, the Aeros are a much better team on the road than they are at home. Some may point to a softer away schedule, but it does look like there is no friendly ice advantage for the Aeros this season.

So what do they do one night after the OT loss at home? The Aeros go to Texas and win 4-2. They are 3-0 in Central Texas (4-0 if you count the win at San Antonio, too) and have outscored the Stars 17-5 on their own ice.

Now the Aeros have games on the road at Lake Erie, Rochester, Toronto and then back at San Antonio. While it would be nice to get three wins on this trip, they'll be lucky to get one of the next three and split the trip. Lake Erie is much better since the last time these two played, and Rochester is red-hot, having won seven of 10 entering play today. The Aeros never play good in Toronto, so we'll have to see how they'll handle playing improved competition.

Matt Hackett has been really good recently and the team does have points in six straight games. Even when they don't win, they still don't lose. They have the fewest regulation losses in the AHL, and something has to be said for that never-say-die mentality ... even when they play poorly and steal points (or, conversely, when they play good and don't get much at all...)

So the Aeros are 1-0 on the road trip so far. How many wins/points do you think they'll get?


Forecheck said...

I'm thinking six or seven out of ten.

Solution to home-ice problem : play all future home games at the CPC.

Just kidding.

ICEVET said...

Interesting that the Road team has been dominant (by a factor of almost 3:2...source: Joe O'Donnell) over the Home team ACROSS the AHL this season (Aeros and Abbotsford are among the road win-leaders).....conversely, Abbotsford's tepid home performance has mirrored that of the Aeros...noteably, the last 2 ABB home losses (potting just 1 goal) against San Antonio and its newly-acquired netminder, Dov Grumet-Morris.

With improved defense, puck possession and power play execution: the Aeros should get at least 4 of 8 points: a loss at Toronto, offset by marginal wins over Rochester and San Antonio...a toss-up at Lake Erie, against #1 goalie, Cedric Desjardins.

Go Aeros!