So when Jon DiSavaltore scored his 20th goal of the season in Saturday's sad-sack 2-1 loss to the Rampage, he became the organization's all-time leading goal scorer - during the AHL era. His 69 goals sent him past Kirby Law in that category, and DiSalvatore is on pace to break his career high of 28 set just last year.
So a huge congrats go out to Jon DiSalvatore, who is more known for another record as a head coach killer (kidding, Sal). But seriously, the dude has played nine AHL season and has at least 20 goals in every one of those season. And he's played for a different head coach ever single season. To, me, that is just freaking amazing.
But I digress ...
Big picture wise, the Aeros did not lose any ground after their sub-par effort, playing with just 17 skaters and looking lost for two periods. But after the games today, the Aeros will officially be out of the Top 8 for the first time this season. The only way they can hold on to that is if Toronto and Charlotte both pick up wins. If either Lake Erie or Rochester wins today, the Aeros are on the outside looking in .
But don't get too discouraged. I think the Aeros will eventually get out of this funk, and they are just three points out of fourth place. They have every opportunity to still get the last home-ice spot in the Western Conference, even though getting the No. 5 seed against either San Antonio or Abbotsford wouldn't be all that bad.
But the Aeros need to get Rau back, and they need some lineup stability. It is embarrassing, to me at least, that they keep having to play with a short bench. It's not working, and they are hemorrhaging points because of the chaos in the Twin Cities.
So here is a look at the big picture. Enjoy.
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