The Aeros look to start a true Cinderella story tonight. With a new deal signed in Iowa, the Calder Cup playoffs are the last time the Houston Aero fans will get to see this team in action as THEIR team. Fingers crossed that the Aeros treat the crowd to an excellent, exciting and winning game tonight.
The following is the preview released by the Aeros PR department earlier today.
The Houston Aeros and the Grand Rapids Griffins meet for second time in postseason history. In 2003, Houston defeated Grand Rapids in seven games of the Western Conference Finals. The Aeros went on the win the Calder Cup after jumping out to a 3-1 series lead, only to see the Griffins come back and force Game seven with a pair of overtime wins. Grand Rapids forward Jeff Hoggan and Houston forward Stephane Veilleux both played for the Aeros that season.
The two teams met six times during the regular season. Grand Rapids claimed four wins, including a shootout victory at Toyota Center. Houston was 2-3-0-1 against Grand Rapids, including an 0-2-0-1 record at Toyota Center. The Griffins were 4-2-0-0, including a 1-2-0-0 record at Van Andel Arena. Grand Rapids won the last three meetings of the regular season. Each team posted a shutout in the series, while Grand Rapids outscored Houston 13-10. The road team won five of six games. Three of the games have been decided by one goal. The teams are a combined 4-for-45 on the power play with Houston going 2-for-23 and Grand Rapids going 2-for-22.
The Aeros open the series at home, where they posted a 21-11-3-3 mark. Houston finished 7-3-0-0 over the last ten games of the regular season. Houston outscored the opposition 110-97 at the Toyota Center this season. Houston dropped its last game of the regular season, a 3-0 defeat at OKC on Sunday. The Aeros have won six of their last seven games at home.
The Griffins finished the regular season with a 3-1 win in Chicago on Sunday. Grand Rapids posted a 21-14-1-2 record on the road in the regular season, outscoring the home team 125-105. The Griffins were the fourth highest scoring team on the road this season, trailing only Syracuse, Springfield and Texas scored more goals on the road this year. Grand Rapids finished the year with a 4-4-1-1 record over the last ten games of the regular season.
1 Grand Rapids at Houston Friday, Apr. 26 7:05 PM
2 Grand Rapids at Houston Sunday, Apr. 28 5:05 PM
3 Houston at Grand Rapids Wednesday, May 1 7:00 PM (ET)
4 Houston at Grand Rapids Friday, May 3 7:00 PM (ET) - X
5 Houston at Grand Rapids Saturday, May 4 7:00 PM (ET) - X
X = If Necessary
I will be posting updates as I get them, but I am also covering the Wild game. Most likely I will post multiple updates during the intermissions here, and any breaking news. Feel free to post your own updates. There will be one large game update at the end of the night.