Weekly Notebook: Western Conference

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Jason Krog and Darren Haydar remain the top two scorers in the AHL, and both have picked up points in each of the Wolves’ first 17 games this season… Brett Sterling leads league rookies with 13 goals on the year… Chicago is 9-1-0-0 on the road in 2006-07.
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The Griffins will retire Travis Richards’ number 24 jersey prior to Friday night’s game against Chicago… Grand Rapids has lost seven in a row to fall to fourth place in the North Division… Jimmy Howard (5-7-0) has already lost one more game this season than he did in his entire 2005-06 rookie campaign (27-6-2).
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Jaroslav Halak had a personal four-game winning streak snapped when he allowed three goals on 12 shots in a 3-2 loss to Iowa on Friday… Maxim Lapierre leads the Bulldogs in assists (10), points (15) and plus/minus rating (+9)… Kyle Chipchura scored his first two goals of the season last week, and enters Tuesday’s action with a three-game scoring streak.
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Houston has killed off 27 consecutive shorthanded chances and 70 of 73 (95.9 percent) over its last 11 games… Curtis Murphy enters the week with 399 points in 611 career professional games… Benoit Pouliot has six goals and three assists in his last six games and nine goals in his last 10.
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Iowa finished the week in third place in the West Division, one point ahead of Peoria and five behind co-leaders Chicago and Omaha… Junior Lessard has been held to four points in eight games during November after tallying 15 points in nine October matches… The Stars play six straight on the road beginning Tuesday night in Milwaukee.
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Manitoba snapped a three-game losing streak with a 1-0 win in Syracuse on Saturday, with Jason Jaffray scoring the game’s only goal with 4.5 seconds left… The Moose are 4-4-1-1 in games when they score two goals or fewer… Dany Sabourin got the shutout on Saturday night, wrapping up a two-game conditioning assignment from Vancouver.
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Milwaukee posted an 8-1 win in Grand Rapids on Nov. 14, then scored seven goals total over its next three games, all losses… The Admirals host Iowa on Tuesday before embarking on a road swing that will see them play 10 games in six cities over 18 days… Alexander Radulov leads Milwaukee in scoring with 18 points in 10 games this season.
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Omaha held Houston to 14 shots on goal in Saturday’s 3-0 Knights victory… Friday’s win over Milwaukee began a stretch of 23 straight games against West Division foes for Omaha… Rookie Dustin Boyd has 22 points on the season, double the total of anyone else on the Knights roster.
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Peoria has earned points in five of its last six games (3-1-1-1)… The Rivermen are 8-2-0-0 when scoring at least three goals in a game, 0-4-1-2 when scoring two or fewer… Trent Whitfield has points in 11 of the team’s last 14 games, and leads the club with 18 points on the season.
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Kamil Kreps scored his first three goals of the season over the weekend, including two in Friday’s 4-3 overtime win against Manitoba… Defenseman Martin Lojek continues to lead the AHL with a plus-13 rating… Daniel Paille recorded two assists in Buffalo’s 7-2 win over Tampa Bay on Monday night.
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The Rampage snapped a three-game losing skid with a 3-1 win over Hartford on Saturday, avenging a 9-3 loss to the Wolf Pack one week earlier… Josh Tordjman made 26 saves against Hartford for his first career AHL win… The Rampage are 1-9-0-0 against teams from within the West Division this season.
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Syracuse was winless on the road this season before earning victories in Philadelphia and Albany last week… Ty Conklin had a .946 save percentage in three starts last week, including a 34-save effort in Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Manitoba… Geoff Platt leads the Crunch with five multi-point games.
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Toronto’s winless streak hit six games (0-5-0-1) as the Marlies hit the road for three games in New England last week… Their only point came in a 3-2 shootout loss to Springfield on Friday, in which Robbie Earl recorded two assists for his first career two-point night… Marc Moro scored his second goal of the season in Wednesday’s loss to Manchester; Moro had two goals in 151 games over his previous two seasons combined.