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West Notes: Dekanich rolling, LE hits road

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Abbotsford has earned a point in seven straight games (5-0-0-2) and is 10-1-0-3 in its last 14 contests… The Heat have extended to a shootout in three of their last four games, winning at Worcester on Friday and dropping a pair of decisions at home to Providence this week… Abbotsford has been involved in 11 shootouts overall (5-6); only Peoria has played more (12)… Cam Cunning has recorded a point in four straight games (2-2-4) and 10 of his last 13 (6-6-12)… Heat leading scorer Jason Jaffray shows a point in five of his last six outings (2-4-6)… Abbotsford hosts Worcester for a pair of contests this weekend.
 
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Chicago’s latest points streak is at three games (2-0-1-0), and the Wolves have rattled off a 21-2-1-2 record in their last 26 outings… Goaltender Drew MacIntyre has posted three shutouts in his last seven appearances after going his first 25 games this season without a shutout… Rookie defenseman Paul Postma has recorded 10 points (5-5-10) in his last five games… Johnny Pohl recorded his second three-assist showing in his last six games on Saturday at Milwaukee… Spencer Machacek is riding a three-game scoring streak (2-2-4)… The Wolves visit Hamilton on Friday in a showdown of the Western Conference’s top two teams, before hosting Milwaukee and Lake Erie to close the weekend.
 
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Grand Rapids is winless in four straight games (0-3-0-1) and has collected just one win in its last nine tilts (1-5-2-1)… The Griffins entered the third period of Sunday’s game at Lake Erie down 5-1, but rallied for four unanswered goals before falling in a shootout… It marked just the second shootout loss for the Griffins this season (4-2)… Patrick Rissmiller notched his second two-goal game of the season on Sunday; the other came on Feb. 5 vs. Toronto… Justin Abdelkader has a point in five straight games (3-4-7) and six of his last seven (3-5-8)… The Griffins host Manitoba twice this weekend in the division rivals’ first clashes of the season.
 
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Hamilton is on a six-game winning streak and shows a 13-2-0-1 mark in its last 16 contests… Goaltenders Cedrick Desjardins and Curtis Sanford have combined to allow just four goals in the Bulldogs’ last five games… Desjardins (1.90) and Sanford (2.00) currently rank first and second among AHL goaltenders in goals-against average this season… J.T. Wyman had scored three goals in his previous 25 games before exploding for his first career hat trick in Wednesday’s 4-1 win over Adirondack… David Desharnais is on a six-game scoring run (4-6-10) and has a point in 18 of his last 19 AHL outings (6-22-28)… The Bulldogs host Chicago on Friday and Hartford on Saturday.
 
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Houston is winless in four straight games (0-3-0-1) and has fallen nine points back of Texas for the West Division’s fourth and final playoff spot… The Aeros have missed the postseason just once – in the 2006-07 season – since joining the AHL in 2001… Houston has scored more than three goals just once in its last 12 games, a 4-1 win at Peoria on Feb. 21… Defenseman Jamie Fraser has tallied a goal in three straight games (3-0-5) after scoring twice in his first 39 outings, and he has a point in five straight contests (3-2-5)… The Aeros have tallied only 33 goals in the first period this season, compared to 61 in the second period and 62 in the third… Houston hosts San Antonio on Friday and visits Texas on Saturday.
 
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Veteran goaltender John Grahame made 22 saves in his Lake Erie debut on Wednesday but dropped a 3-2 decision at Rockford… That tilt opened a seven-game road trip for the Monsters, who continue the jaunt with weekend visits to Milwaukee, Peoria, and Chicago… The Monsters, trying to make the playoffs for the first time in their three-year history, will play 13 of their final 18 games away from Quicken Loans Arena… T.J. Hensick has scored a goal in three straight games (3-3-6) and shows 16 points (8-8-16) over his last 11 contests… Darren Haydar has a point in three straight outings (3-6-9), including back-to-back four-point showings last weekend vs. Grand Rapids, the team which he captained last season.
 
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Manitoba dropped a 5-2 decision to Worcester on Wednesday as it tried for its first three-game winning streak since winning four in a row from Dec. 27 to Jan. 2… The Moose have never finished below .500 in the month of March in eight previous seasons as a member of the AHL… Marty Murray had a goal and an assist in Wednesday’s loss for his first multiple-point game since recording the same line on Dec. 11 at Norfolk… Matt Pettinger has a point in three straight games (1-2-3)… Manitoba finished just 4-10-1-1 this season against Eastern Conference foes… The Moose visit Grand Rapids this weekend for a pair of tilts.
 
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Reigning Reebok/AHL goaltender of the month Mark Dekanich has surrendered only four goals in his last five appearances (4-1-0, 0.87, .967), including two shutouts over that span… Defenseman Reid Cashman ranks fourth on the Admirals with a plus-10 rating in just 29 AHL games this season… Colin Wilson was recalled by parent-club Nashville on Wednesday after registering a point in four straight (1-4-5) and 11 of his last 12 games (6-9-15) for the Admirals… Milwaukee is 23-2-1-3 when it scores the game’s first goal… The Admirals host Lake Erie and Peoria this weekend, with a Saturday night trip to Chicago in between.
 
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Peoria is in last place in the West Division despite being over the .500 mark for the season (27-26-1-6)… The Rivermen’s 61 points are seven more than any of the AHL’s other three current last-place teams… Peoria’s 3-2 victory over Chicago on Friday gave the Rivermen back-to-back wins for the first time since Jan. 15-16, and Saturday’s 2-1 shootout loss at Rockford gave them a three-game points streak for the first time since winning five straight contests from Dec. 9-19… Barry Tallackson snapped a nine-game goal-scoring drought with a marker against the IceHogs on Saturday… After enjoying Friday night off, the Rivermen host Lake Erie on Saturday and visit Milwaukee on Sunday.
 
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Rochester collected its third overtime win in its first 12 games on Nov. 6, but Sunday’s 4-3 victory over Binghamton marked its first overtime win since… Jeff Taffe became the fourth different Amerk to notch an overtime goal this season, joining David Brine, Michal Repik, and Chris Taylor… Taffe has a point in seven of his last eight games (5-5-10)… Mike York has recorded a point in five of six games (2-7-9) since returning to the lineup from injury… Defenseman Jordan Henry shows a point in three straight games (2-1-3) after recording 1-0-1 in his previous 18 outings… The Americans visit Adirondack and Toronto this weekend before battling Portland in Buffalo on Sunday.
 
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Rockford has not gone back-to-back games without a win since dropping regulation decisions in Houston and San Antonio on Jan. 8-9… The IceHogs finished 8-4-0-0 in February, marking their fourth straight winning month since posting a 5-6-1-1 record in October… Rockford welcomed a season-high crowd of 6,151 to the MetroCentre on Saturday vs. Peoria… Defenseman David Phillips has registered a plus-14 rating over his last 15 games… Jack Skille is on a four-game scoring streak (2-2-4) and has a point in six of his last seven outings (4-4-8)… The IceHogs kick off a five-game road trip this weekend with a visit to Texas on Friday and then a pair of games in San Antonio.
 
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San Antonio is 4-1-0-0 in its last five games, and the Rampage have risen to fifth place in the West Division and within eight points of Texas for the division’s fourth and final playoff spot… San Antonio had been 1-6 in shootouts this season prior to capturing a 4-3 decision over Houston on Wednesday… The Rampage have the AHL’s second-ranked home power play (23.4 percent) despite going 2-for-18 (11.1 percent) in their last three games at the AT&T Center… Brett MacLean has recorded 15 points (6-10-16) in his last 14 games… San Antonio visits Houston on Friday before hosting Rockford twice to close the weekend.
 
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Texas is just 5-9-0-0 since stringing together an eight-game points streak (7-0-1-0) from Jan. 12-31… Goaltender Brent Krahn (10-2-0, 1.41, .958 in 12 games), who has not appeared in a game since Nov. 22 due to injury, could return for the Stars this weekend… Defenseman Andrew Hutchinson is riding a five-game scoring streak (1-7-8) and leads all Stars blueliners with 29 points (6-23-29) in 61 games on the season… Perttu Lindgren (2-8-10) and Mathieu Beaudoin (4-6-10) both show a point in eight of their last nine contests… Texas boasts the AHL’s second-ranked penalty kill at 86.8 percent… The Stars host Rockford and Houston this weekend.
 
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Toronto has been outscored 8-1 in dropping its last two games and have topped the three-goal mark just once in its last 14 contests, a 4-3 win over Manitoba on Feb. 17… The Marlies had scored a power play goal in six straight home games (7-for-28; 25 percent) prior to Wednesday’s 3-0 loss to Chicago… Andre Deveaux (14-19-33) and rookie Viktor Stalberg (12-21-33) are tied for the team scoring lead with 33 points apiece… After having Friday night off, Toronto hosts Rochester and Hartford to close the weekend.