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West Notes: Home cooking for Milwaukee

 Also see… East Notes: Sharks, Admirals streaking

 
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Abbotsford wrapped up its eight-game homestand at 3-3-2-0 and hits the road for three games in Texas this weekend… The Heat visit suburban Austin to play the Stars on Friday and Saturday before moving over to Houston on Sunday… Mikael Backlund (1-2-3) and defenseman John Negrin (2-1-3) are each riding three-game scoring streaks for the Heat… Cam Cunning (2-2-4) and Colin Stuart (1-3-4) both show a point in three of their last four outings… Abbotsford surrendered five power play goals in a 7-1 loss to Houston on Friday… Overall, the Heat will now play 12 of their next 16 games away from the Entertainment & Sports Centre.
 
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Chicago is 12-2-0-0 in its last 14 games overall and 8-0-0-0 in its last eight home games to pull five points ahead of Houston for the West Division’s final playoff spot… The Wolves currently sit fourth in the West but are just two points back of first-place Milwaukee… Chicago has scored four or more goals in four straight games and six of its last eight… Rehabbing goaltender Kari Lehtonen made 25 saves in Wednesday’s 5-2 win over Houston to pick up his first AHL victory since Nov. 29, 2007… Joey Crabb scored again on Wednesday and has racked up 11 points (6-5-11) and a plus-11 rating in his last nine games… Chicago visits Grand Rapids on Friday before hosting Hamilton on Saturday.
 
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Grand Rapids has dropped four straight games – getting outscored 18-7 over that span – and shows a 3-13-0-0 mark in its last 16 outings… The Griffins are 10-7-0-0 this season against North Division rivals but are just 11-17-0-1 against teams in the West Division… John Vigilante snapped a nine-game drought by tallying a goal on Jan. 22 vs. Toronto and then scored again the next night at Rockford… Grand Rapids has both scored and allowed only two shorthanded goals on the season thus far… This weekend, the Griffins host Chicago on Friday and Rockford on Saturday.
 
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Brock Trotter, who leads the Bulldogs with 22 goals and 48 points in 45 games overall this season, has registered 11 goals, 19 points, and a plus-10 rating in his last 11 contests… All-Star defenseman P.K. Subban ranks second in the AHL with a plus-25 rating in 46 games… Bulldogs forward Mike Glumac and his wife Melissa welcomed a son, Michael Elija Glumac, on Saturday… David Desharnais is currently riding an eight-game scoring streak (1-11-12), and Greg Stewart has a point in three straight tilts (2-1-3)… Hamilton has scored only 36 of its 150 regulation goals in the first period, having tallied 54 in the second period and 60 in the third frame… The ‘Dogs visit Milwaukee twice this week with a Saturday stop in Chicago in between.
 
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Houston’s three-game winning streak ended on Wednesday with a 5-2 loss at Chicago… The Aeros have now registered four three-game winning streaks this season but have not as yet been able to capture four straight victories… Goaltender Wade Dubielewicz has made a season-high five straight starts in the Aeros’ net… All-Star defenseman Maxim Noreau’s three-game scoring streak (3-6-9) ended in Wednesday’s loss… Jean-Michel Daoust has notched a goal in three of his last four games (3-1-4); Daoust (16-21-37) and Jon DiSalvatore (16-19-35) are now tied for the team lead with 16 goals apiece… The Aeros visit Chicago and Milwaukee this weekend before hosting Abbotsford on Monday.
 
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Having suffered a 3-0 loss to Texas on Saturday, Lake Erie will go into its match-up with Toronto this Friday looking to avoid its first two-game regulation losing skid since Dec. 4-5… The Monsters are 12-4-0-1 in their last 17 games overall and sit just three points back of a playoff spot in the North Division… T.J. Hensick had a goal in four straight games (4-1-5) and a point in seven straight (5-5-10) prior to being held off the scoresheet on Saturday… Brian Willsie has recorded multiple points in four of his last six games (2-7-9)… The Monsters play a home-and-home with Toronto on Friday and Sunday, with a Saturday visit from San Antonio in between.
 
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Manitoba has matched a season high with its current five-game losing skid, having also dropped five straight games from Nov. 2-7… The Moose have been outscored 32-10 over the course of the current skid and have not won since a 3-0 triumph at Abbotsford on Jan. 13… Manitoba’s offense could receive a boost with the Thursday addition of Jannik Hansen on a conditioning loan from parent-club Vancouver… Guillaume Desbiens has a point in three straight games (1-2-3), the only member of the Moose currently on a scoring streak… Manitoba visits Worcester on Friday and plays a pair of games at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to close the weekend.
 
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Milwaukee has played a league-high 30 road games already this season, and Thursday’s home tilt vs. Hamilton starts a stretch that has the Admirals playing 16 of their next 20 contests at the Bradley Center, where they are 10-5-0-2 on the campaign… Milwaukee has won three straight shootouts after dropping their first five of the season and 10 of 11 dating back to 2008-09… With his goal in Tuesday’s 5-2 loss at Texas, Hugh Jessiman now has a point in six of his last eight games (5-4-9)… Colin Wilson has found the scoresheet in five of his last six outings (4-6-10)… After Thursday, the Admirals host Houston on Friday and Hamilton again on Sunday.
 
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Peoria earned its first victory over Chicago in six tries this season (1-4-0-1) on Saturday, capturing a 5-4 home-ice decision at Carver Arena… The Rivermen are still just 16-25-1-4 lifetime against the Wolves… Pascal Pelletier has notched a point in six straight games (2-7-9), and his 32 points overall (8-24-32) are tied with rookie Lars Eller (7-25-32) for the team lead… Of Pelletier’s 32 points this year, 16 of them (5-11-16) have come in the 19 games since he joined Peoria from the Syracuse Crunch on Dec. 8… The Rivermen have a three-game weekend looming, as they visit Rockford on Friday before hosting Houston and Texas on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
 
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Rochester has put up a 5-1-0-0 mark since suffering a season-high five-game losing skid from Dec. 30 to Jan. 9… Michal Repik has notched a goal in five of his last six games (6-1-7), including the game-winning tally in Rochester’s last two contests… Six of Repik’s 16 goals overall this season have been game-winners… Amerks leading scorer Jamie Johnson (18-28-46 in 45 GP) is currently on a six-game scoring run (4-7-11) and has a point in nine of his last 10 contests (5-9-14)… Graham Mink shows a point in three straight outings (1-2-3)… The Americans host Albany and Adirondack this weekend, with a Saturday afternoon trip to Toronto in between.
 
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Rockford has only been shut out on three occasions this season, and two of the three have been at the hands of Hamilton goaltender Curtis Sanford… Sanford blanked the IceHogs on 38 shots back on Oct. 9 in Hamilton and then posted a 25-save shutout in a 5-0 win over the ‘Hogs on Wednesday in Rockford, which ended the IceHogs’ seven-game points streak (6-0-0-1)… Rockford’s only other shutout against came on Nov. 13, a 4-0 loss to Texas… Kyle Greentree’s seven-game scoring streak (5-4-9) ended on Wednesday… Defenseman Jonathan Carlsson’s first career AHL goal turned out to be the game-winner in Saturday’s 5-2 win over Grand Rapids… The ‘Hogs host Peoria on Friday before visiting Grand Rapids on Saturday.
 
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The Rampage have earned a point in four straight games (2-0-0-2)… San Antonio has been extended to a shootout in three straight games, losing a pair to Milwaukee last weekend before taking a 4-3 win at Toronto on Wednesday… That contest marked the beginning of San Antonio’s 14-game road trip while the rodeo takes over the AT&T Center; the Rampage will not play another home game until Feb. 26 vs. Manitoba… Ex-Marlie Justin Pogge made 32 saves for the Rampage on Wednesday to pick up the win in his return to Ricoh Coliseum… All-Star defenseman Sean Sullivan has a point in five of his last six games (3-2-5)… San Antonio visits Syracuse and Lake Erie this weekend.
 
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Perrtu Lindgren is riding a three-game scoring streak (3-3-6) and has tallied the game-winning goal in back-to-back contests for the Stars… Texas is 4-0-1-0 in its last five outings to pull back within one point of Milwaukee for first place in the West Division… Aaron Gagnon matched a season high with three points (2-1-3) in Tuesday’s 5-2 win over Milwaukee, and he now has a point in four of his last five games (3-3-6)… Sergei Korostin’s goal on Tuesday was his first since Nov. 21 at Rockford, snapping a 15-game drought… Defenseman Garrett Stafford shows seven assists in his last five contests… Texas hosts Abbotsford for a pair of games this weekend before heading north for a Sunday visit to Peoria.
 
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Toronto has dropped its last two games in a shootout but has earned a point in four straight contests (2-0-0-2), matching a season high that was accomplished from Oct. 24 to Nov. 6 and again from Nov. 22-28… Rookie Justin Hodgman shows three points (2-1-3) in four games since joining the Marlies from the ECHL… Tim Brent has tallied a goal in three of four games (3-1-4) since joining Toronto’s lineup on Jan. 22… The Marlies have only scored the first goal in 18 of their 46 games thus far (10-4-2-2)… Toronto visits Lake Erie on Friday before hosting Rochester on Saturday and Lake Erie on Sunday.