Rochester Americans PreGame Skate: Houston Aeros

The Rochester Americans return home tonight victors – and they try to keep the streak alive against the Houston Aeros.

Rochester returns home after a successful road trip, capped off with a 4-1 win over the Lake Erie Monsters on February 12th.

Rochester went 3-1 in their four games away from Blue Cross Arena – their only loss coming against the Abbotsford Heat.

Home has been friendly to the Rochester Americans as well, as you would have to scroll back on the schedule over a full month to find out when the last time they lost in front of their fans, to January 9th when they dropped a contest to the Syracuse Crunch.

Their recent success has propelled them up in the standings.  Sitting in sixth place – they are only four points behind division leading Abbotsford – and the Amerks have five games in hand.  The division title is easily within striking distance.

Rochester can ill afford to get too comfortable in the standings, the teams just below them are within one game of unseating them, as one to two points is all that separates the Amerks from being on the outside looking in.

Since the start of the NHL season, the presence of Mark Mancari and Kevin Porter have fueled the success of the Rochester Americans.  Losing T.J. Brennan, Marcus Foligno, and Cody Hodgson to the Buffalo Sabres – it looked like trouble for the Amerks.

Fortunately for the red, white, and blue, the old guard stood tall, and has gotten help from rookies to keep the winning ways growing.  The Rochester Americans are actually benefiting from the start of the National Hockey League season after the lockout, having gone 6-1 in their seven games since the NHL made the call to all players in the AHL. Maybe the Rochester Americans can channel some of the success they are having to the Buffalo Sabres.

Houston comes into tonight contest on a streak of their own, winners of their last three. They sit just above the Rochester Americans in the standings with 57 points to the Amerks 55. Tonight is game 46 for the Amerks, the Aero’s will be playing their 51st game. Rochester is in great shape, with a good footing in the standings, they have played the fewest games of any American Hockey League team so far this season.

After today the Rochester squad is off until a Sunday matinee with the Hershey Bears a 3:05 start at the Blue Cross Arena.  Tonight’s games starts a five games in eight nights section of the schedule for the Americans.

If you missed Tuesday’s game against Lake Erie, here is the video recap from

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