The Aeros and Wolves hit the rink tonight in the AHL's biggest game of the night.
And the game will not feature Stanley Cup Champion Petr Sykora (pictured at left (center), who has officially refused his assignment to the Aeros.
This was not an unexpected move by either team. Both are just formalities to make sure that A) the Wild don't have to pay Sykora another dime and B) Sykora can play for another team.
Here is the AHL's preview of tonight's Aeros game at Chicago:
Winners of three straight games, Houston invades Allstate Arena on Wednesday to face Chicago, which is 8-1-0-0 in its last nine contests overall and has won seven straight home games... Houston’s three-game winning streak matches a season high (Oct. 24-27 and Nov. 5-13)... Reigning Reebok/AHL player of the week Maxim Noreau shows nine points (3-6-9) in his last three outings for the Aeros and leads all AHL defensemen with 13 goals and 37 points in 45 games overall... Jon DiSalvatore put up five points (1-4-5) in Houston’s two-game sweep in Abbotsford last weekend... The Aeros’ second-ranked penalty kill (88.6 percent) has killed off 31 of 33 shorthanded situations (93.9 percent) in the last six games... Wolves forward Tim Stapleton has a goal in five straight games (5-4-9) and a point in seven straight (6-8-14)... All-Star forward Brett Sterling shows a point in nine of his last 10 contests (7-6-13) for the Wolves, and Joey Crabb has found the scoresheet in seven of his last eight (5-5-10)... Jason Krog has a team-high four points (1-3-4) in two games vs. Houston this season, both victories.