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  • Houston Hotdish: On the road, thankfully


    The Aeros headed north yesterday for a 3 game road swing in Cleveland, Rochester, and Toronto.

    I don't know about you guys but I miss my team when they're on the road. However, when their road win record is significantly better than it is at home? Well, I miss them a little less.

    The last two Friday nights in Houston, they were verging on lousy. Saturdays in Austin, they were playing good Aeros hockey. The joke lately is that they should play all their games at Cedar Park Center, the Stars' facility.

    But for now, they'll settle for playing anywhere on the road as they are currently 4-7 at home and 7-2 in enemy territory.

    When asked what could be done about this phenomenon, Coach John Torchetti said, if we figure it out, let him know. We'll get right on that. But he feels like they've done everything they can think of to get them focused for home games and it isn't working yet.

    But maybe a nice road win streak will carry over at the Toyota Center upon their return. We'll have to see.

    I only saw one game this week and couldn't listen to the game Saturday night, but as I mentioned, the Stars bested them in the game we saw. It was boring hockey until the final minutes, and then they lost. So I won't recount that. But they do keep getting points, as 5 of those 7 home losses were in overtime or shootouts.

    The big news, of course, is the roster moves this week. Bryan has touched on those here already but I'll give you the Aeros perspective in easy-to-use bullet points:

    The boys have 4 games between now and next Wednesday, and I hope to catch a couple of them so I have a feel for the quality of the play vs. just the stats. Sometimes these guys are good enough to win even when they play poorly, which is a nice problem to have, but still a problem.

    Next home games are Dec 8 (kids day game, which is always sorta trippy) and Dec 9. Can't come soon enough for me.

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