Western Conference notebook

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2006-07 AHL most valuable player Darren Haydar notched his 400th career point in Wednesday’s 7-4 win over Peoria, then followed with numbers 401 and 402… All told, he had four points in the game (2-2-4) and has registered 153 goals and 249 assists in 368 career AHL games for Milwaukee and Chicago… Brett Sterling picked up a pair of goals in Wednesday’s win, marking his sixth multiple-goal game out of 20 total outings this season… 2006 first-round draft pick Bryan Little tallied three points (2-1-3) in his first three games for the Wolves after being reassigned from parent-club Atlanta.
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Since starting the season 0-7-0-0 at home, Grand Rapids is 5-2-0-1 in its last eight contests at the Van Andel Arena, including 4-2-0-0 on a season-high six-game homestand… This weekend, the Griffins host the Western Conference’s top two teams – Rockford and Chicago, who enter the weekend with combined records of 38-13-3-4… Goaltender Jimmy Howard went 7-3-0 with two shutouts a 1.68 GAA and a .932 save percentage in 10 games following a career-high six-game losing streak… The Griffins have a power play goal in 12 of their last 14 games, including a season-high six straight contests.
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The Bulldogs went winless (0-2-0-2) in a stretch of four games in five nights last week… Overall, Hamilton is 1-5-0-2 in its last eight games… The club visits Manitoba for a two-game set this weekend with the Moose, against whom it went 4-3-1-0 last season… Corey Locke tallied two goals in a 4-3 shootout loss at Grand Rapids on Dec. 14, moving him into a tie for second place on Hamilton’s all-time scoring list… Locke needs four more points to overtake Brian Swanson atop the leader board.
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Houston visits Iowa on Friday to conclude a seven-game road trip, on which they have posted a 3-2-0-1 record thus far… After scoring six goals in a 6-1 win at Hartford on Dec. 12, the Aeros posted a total of six goals in dropping each of their next three games against Atlantic Division foes over the weekend, including one shootout loss… Over its last eight games, Houston’s penalty kill has allowed only three power play goals in 35 man-down situations, good for a 91.4% kill rate… Defenseman Paul Albers has a point in three of his last four games (2-2-4).
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Iowa is winless in three straight games (0-2-0-1) and has been outscored 16-3 in the three games, including a 10-2 defeat to Chicago on Dec. 15… The Stars are in the midst of playing 18 consecutive games against divisional opponents… Their next game outside the West Division will come on Jan. 15 when Toronto visits the Wells Fargo Arena… Winger B.J. Crombeen is currently riding a season-high three-game scoring streak (2-1-3).
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Winger Eric Healey posted his first multiple-goal game of the season on Dec. 14 en route to the Monsters’ 4-1 win at Manitoba… Healey paces the team’s offense with 17 points (8-9-17) in 26 games this season… Defensemen accounted for three of Lake Erie’s five goals over the two-game trip to Manitoba, with Healey’s two tallies being the exceptions… David Jones has scored seven goals this season (7-8-15), and a team-high six of them have come on the power play… The Monsters open a five-game homestand with a pair of non-divisional games against Peoria this weekend.
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Manitoba’s 2-1 shootout win over Lake Erie on Dec. 15 moved the Moose to 3-1 in shootouts this season… The club’s only shootout loss came on Dec. 7 against Houston, a 2-1 decision… The Moose’s home penalty kill ranks first in the AHL at 93.1% (72-for-77), including a perfect 7-for-7 against the Monsters last weekend… Brad Moran has a point in five of his last six games (2-5-7)… He and Colby Genoway are tied for the team lead with 23 points apiece on the campaign.
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Milwaukee has won three straight games and is 7-2-0-1 in its last 10 outings… Cal O’Reilly had a five-game scoring streak (1-4-5) snapped in the Admirals’ 4-3 win over Grand Rapids on Dec. 15… Goaltender Pekka Rinne has won five straight starts and has posted a 1.34 GAA over his last six outings… Milwaukee is one of the league’s least penalized teams, recording only 374 penalty minutes over 29 games, an average of 13.7 per game.
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Wednesday’s 7-4 loss at Chicago snapped Peoria’s winning streak at three games, but the Rivermen have now scored at least four goals in four consecutive games… Charles Linglet (8-4-12) has a point in seven straight games, and Jean-Guy Trudel has recorded one in six of his last seven outings (2-8-10)… Prior to allowing seven goals against the Wolves, goaltender Chris Beckford-Tseu had posted a 1.34 GAA and .947 save percentage during the Rivermen’s three-game winning streak… Peoria travels to Cleveland this weekend for its first-ever games against Lake Erie.
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Rookie goaltender Matt Keetley has started six straight games for the Flames, posting a 4-1-1 record with a 1.92 GAA over that span… Quad City is in the midst of playing 13 consecutive games against divisional opponents… The Flames are 9-5-0-2 on the road this season but just 5-7-1-1 at the I Wireless Center, where they welcome Iowa and Milwaukee this weekend… Leading scorer Grant Stevenson (10-14-24) has been held without a point in three straight games for the first time this season… Stevenson participated in his 300th career AHL game on Dec. 15 at Rockford.
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Rochester has lost seven straight games, marking its longest winless skid since a seven-game streak (0-6-0-1) from Feb. 11-26, 2006… The Amerks travel to Binghamton on Saturday, against whom they are 0-3-0-0 this season… Marek Zagrapan has a three-game scoring streak (1-3-4) and has picked up a point in six of his last seven outings (3-4-7)… Team captain Clarke MacArthur has a point in three straight (2-2-4) and five of his last six (2-6-8).
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Rockford has a standings point in a season-high 11 straight games (8-0-0-3), vaulting the IceHogs into first place in the Western Conference at 18-6-2-4… Rockford has not lost in regulation since dropping an 8-3 decision at Chicago on Nov. 24… Martin St. Pierre currently has a nine-game scoring streak (4-9-13) and is tied for the overall league lead with 37 points (12-25-37) in 27 games this season… Troy Brouwer leads the league with 13 power play goals, out of his 14 total goals (14-8-22)… The IceHogs have played a league-low 10 home games, posting an 8-1-0-1 record at the MetroCentre thus far.
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San Antonio head coach Greg Ireland recorded his 300th professional victory in the Rampage’s 4-3 shootout win over Rockford on Dec. 16… San Antonio is 3-3 in shootouts this season… The Rampage are 7-0-0-1 when they score a shorthanded goal, and their 9 man-down tallies on the season are second in the league behind Binghamton’s 10… San Antonio has posted a 11-2-1-1 record when scoring four or more goals, which has happened only once in its last six games… Enver Lisin has a point in eight of his last nine games (4-5-9)…
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Syracuse’s 4-3 loss to Toronto on Wednesday dropped the Crunch to 0-3-1-0 against the Marlies this season… Joakim Lindstrom has a point in all four games (2-9-11) since returning from parent-club Columbus and in eight straight AHL games overall (6-14-20)… Zenon Konopka has a four-game scoring streak and has collected eight points over the four games (4-4-8)… Syracuse hosts Albany on Friday before traveling to Hartford on Saturday.
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Rookie defenseman Phil Oreskovic scored his first professional goal in the Marlies’ 3-1 win at Hershey on Dec. 15… Forward Bates Battaglia played in his first two games for the Marlies since 2005-06 last weekend, recording one goal… In 2005-06, Battaglia was second on the Marlies in scoring with 67 points (20-47-67) in 79 games… Toronto is 5-1-0-1 in its last seven games and will visit Rochester in its next two contests, the first coming on Friday.