Sunday, November 21, 2010

Gameday Preview: Stars at Houston Aeros

Texas Stars
10-6-0-0, 20 pts
#6 West Division
atHouston Aeros
9-7-1-2, 21 pts
#5 West Division
November 21st at 4:05 PM
Toyota Center, Houston, TX

Texas looks to continue their hot streak in Houston and beat the Aeros for their 5th win in a row. Texas and Houston both played last night in cities other than Houston with divergent results. The Stars, of course, won in Cedar Park while the Aeros fell to the Chicago Wolves in Rosemont 5-2. Houston scored their two goals late in the third period when the Wolves were already up 5-0.

Houston has started Anton Khudobin in their last 2 games on Friday and Saturday. He was chased from the net last night, giving back to backup Michael Ouzas, up from the ECHL's Las Vegas Wranglers. It's anyone's guess if Ouzas gets his first start or if Khudobin mans the pipes again for the Aeros today. Ouzas is 5-1-0 in the ECHL this season and Khudobin 5-4-1-1 in the AHL. Usual backup Matt Hackett is away from the team attending to unspecified family affairs. Josh Tordjman was not called up from the ECHL due to a 6 game suspension for abuse of an official. Whoa.

In Texas's net, Coach Gulutzan said that he expects to start Tyler Beskorowany. If Beskorowany and Ouzas start then we will be seeing both goaltenders' first AHL start.

The usual suspects are leading the point totals in Maxim Noreau and Jon DiSalvatore are tied with 10 points. However, the leading scorer for the Aeros is a rookie, Jarod Palmer, with 3-8-11.

Texas's leading scorer is Travis Morin at 6-8-14. He is followed by Dan Spang at 1-7-8. Morin and Spang are also defensively sound, sporting plus-6 and plus-5 ratings on the season.

Stars injury/call up report:
Krahn (day-to-day lower body)

Website: aeros.com
Blog (unofficial): The Third Intermission
Twitter: @Houston_Aeros

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