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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Kuemper wins AHL award / Wild getting healthier / Looking ahead in January

Congrats are in order for Aeros rookie goalie Darcy Kuemper, who today was named the AHL's rookie of the month. I really hate to point this out, but it's a really good thing that Sunday was Jan. 1. Those six goals allowed  would not have helped much, but as Heather noted in the post from the game, he was not to blame for that whitewashing.
DK will get another something like this on Friday. 

The Aeros have two games this weekend, and barring the unforeseen, they could get up to two players back in time for their first game against Rockford. Casey Wellman, Devin Setoguchi and Clayton Stoner are back and skating with the wild. I think Kassian will be returned before Friday, and maybe, just maybe, Warren Peters. Jarod Palmer remains out with an upper body injury, so don't look for him anytime soon.

Latendresse won't play for awhile, so you can expect Wellman to remain in the Twin Cities for the long term.

Here is the release from the AHL/Aeros on Kuemper. You have to think Torchetti will roll with Hackett on Friday; but you never know ... Friday would be a real good chance to see how the rookie rebounds from a bad loss.

Looking ahead a bit more, the Aeros do have a normal, yet road-heavy schedule from now until the end of the month. Seven of their next ten games are on the road, but as we all are painfully aware, they are much better away from their own building.

And I don't know how many of you realize this, but the Aeros are not very good against teams not named Texas, San Antonio, Charlotte and Lake Erie. This factoid got cut from my Chronicle story on Sunday, but the Aeros are 14-1-3-1 against those four teams. Everyone else in the league is 11-6 against the Aeros.

The good news? The Aeros play San Antonio (4) and Texas (1) five times in January. They also see Grand Rapids and Rockford, who both have really struggled at times this year.

Three of their next ten games are against Peoria (two above .500) and OKC (own the Aeros this year). If they can get three points out of those games, the Aeros should/could/would finish the month as one of the four best teams in the AHL.


Forecheck said...

I think you can add Wellman the the list of Aero alums, outside of a possible rehab here or in the unlikely case the Wild do not make the playoffs this season.

Maybe the Aeros will copy the Texans to an extent and back into the playoffs thanks to a weak schedule when they needed it.

Forecheck said...

Kass and Pross are back.