Today the Aeros practiced at noon in advance of their first-round playoff series against the Peoria Rivermen.
They are 8-3 all-time against Peoria in the playoffs and have knocked the Rivermen out of the AHL playoffs the only two teams that side has qualified.
The Aeros swept as the favored team in 2006, the first time O'Sullivan was the team's best player. Then, in 2009, the Aeros upset the Manny Legace-led Rivermen in seven games.
Also today, Todd Richards was dismissed as Wild head coach. That was not a surprise at all. I don't know if Todd will get another crack at the NHL anytime soon. Likely path will have him back in the AHL, probably sooner than later.
And then here is a great read from a Houston Chronicle blogger about Matt Kassian's role as a practicing Christian off the ice. For those of you who don't know, Matt's mom, Mary, is a Christian author and motivational speaker. Matt leads a bible study for the guys that want to participate, and here is my favorite quote from the read:
"The Lord says, 'Ask and you will receive,' so there's nothing wrong with asking for a win," said Matt Kassian. "Sometimes the Lord says yes, sometimes he says later and sometimes he says no, but the Lord has his hand in everything. It's tough because you want to feel like you're in control of how things turn out."
On a personal note, that is how I feel, too. My belief as a Christian is that I am not in total control. When I realize that - like when my baby daughter has two open heart surgeries - the pressure is off for focusing on the things that I need to focus on.
(Like being a better Christian in the first place.)
But I digress.