Uh-oh. The Monsters are starting to click, and that has meant bad news for both Manitoba and Texas recently.
Chris Durno and Darren Haydar are getting hot and the right time, and Lake Erie has won two straight after dropping four in a row. With nine goals in two games, the Monsters (3-4-0-0) invade Houston (3-3-0-0) tonight for the first of two matches at Toyota Center this season.
Tonight is the Aeros' first mid week game of the season, and they need points to close out this season-high five-game homestand. To go 2-3 at home to start the year is not the end of the world, but it's not exactly the kind of statement the team needs to make in the first month of the season.
Here are five things I would like to see tonight, and I think this gives the Aeros a good shot a winning not only tonight, but at least one of the games in the Alamo City this weekend.
1) Score the first goal of the game, and put a dent in the opposing goalie.
2) Play two good periods in a row for a change. Read the quote in this story from the head coach (fourth paragraph from the bottom.)
3) Don't allow ANY soft goals. Dubielewicz did that in each of his two starts, and Khudobin let a bad goal get to him en route to last Saturday's 5-1 Texas beat down.
4) I would like to see the emergence of a leader. Someone needs to take charge of the team, either with words or by example, and show Constantine that he deserves wear the "C".
5) Aeros need to continue their streak of not allowing a power play goal. They have the top PK in the league right now, and they'll need to keep it up this week if they want to elevate their spot in the West standings.
Through six games, the Aeros are about what I thought they would be. Average, still working out the kinks and a little short-handed when it comes to have forwards that can score in the clutch. I absolutely love Pete Zingoni so far, but if he continues to be the team's leading scorer after 20 games, I think it very well could be a long year.