Sorry, I figured someone else was handling Sunday's game. My bad.
But really, what is there to say? The Aeros lost 5-2 to the Grand Rapids Griffins one day after they'd dominated them. Head coach John Torchetti was happy with the effort, and liked what he got on his power play.
But I figure this is about what we're going to see the rest of the season. The team will look good one game, then bad the next. Matt Hackett's not coming back anytime soon. Darcy Kuemper won't be back this season. So prepare for the ECHL goalies. That means the defense has to step up, and the offense. And Sunday, neither stepped up too much.
Some of the lines are beginning to get some form and chemistry that come from playing several games together, particularly the DiSalvatore/Taffe/Rau line. Jared Palmer's back and he had a few slick moves on the ice. McMillan, Almond and Fontaine seem to be turning into a decent line.
But who knows how long they'll be around. DiSalvatore said after the game he's never experienced anything like what has happened to the Wild this season. It's almost like the Wild's arena was built on top of a Native American graveyard and there's been some kind of curse placed on the team -- you could also call it the curse of Marian Gaborik who seems to have willed all of his injuries onto the entire Wild roster for now and forever.
The Aeros lost ground this weekend, slipping into 10th place in the conference playoff standings. The good news is they're only two points out of sixth place, and they have two games with the Abbotsford Heat this week, and since the Heat are just up there in front of them, there's a chance the Aeros could gain some ground.
Of course, by the time this week is over, the entire roster could be up in Minnesota.
I'll have a post in the mothership sometime later today. Go give it a read.
UPDATE: Here's the Press story. Like I said, click it and go vent.