With the Royal road trip well under way, the Marlies turn to Texas to start stringing together some serious wins.

Houston’s first up. Perhaps it’s a good thing. Toronto was two for two against the Aeros last season. In fact, in their game this time last year Mark Owuya made his first AHL start. After allowing an early goal and perhaps shaking some of the nerves, the Marlies notched six straight tallies. Rookie Matt Frattin potted the overtime winner.

This time around, their meeting comes on a Thursday night with a 8pm EST puck drop. With more of the ins and outs, here are my pre-game notes:

  • Houston is home to a number of firsts for the Marlies as Will Acton, Kenny Ryan and Matt Frattin all scored their first pro goals against the Aeros
  • Greg Scott lead the charge with three goals in two games
  • The Marlies piled 76 shots on the Houston net last season, while only dealing with 42 in return
  • Houston has collected at least a point in seven of their past eight games
  • A bunch of home bodies – the Aeros have seen limited travel over the first month of action, having traveled no farther than Oklahoma City
  • A struggling Marlies penalty kill (22nd) will face off against Houston’s fifth ranked powerplay
  • Five big contributors are in the hunt for their first goal of the season, keep an eye on Keith Aucoin, Joe Colborne, Nazem Kadri, Jerry D’Amigo and Greg Scott

Thursday night’s game will be available for all of you fine folk on AHL Live, which offers a free audio feed or a video feed for just a few dollars. Upon tuning in, you’ll be greeted by the welcoming voice of Jon Abbott as he leads you through the game starting with the 8pm puck drop.

The night game in Houston starts the club’s second three-in-three of the season, so you’re in for a whole bunch of hockey talk. Friday and Saturday games will be broadcast on TSN 1050 and I personally invite all of you to take part in the #MarliesLive chat that starts on twitter right around game time.

Since we’re on the twitter topic, lend me your follow (@chansler) and I’ll keep you in the loop with all the latest lineup decisions and news as they become available.

 

EXPECTED MARLIES LINEUP

IN GOAL: #30 Ben Scrivens

FOWARD LINES
Kadri – Colborne – Zigomanis
Komarov – Aucoin – Abbott
Hamilton – McKegg – Scott
Ashton – Acton – Deschamps

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS 
Fraser – Holzer
Gardiner – Kostka
Blacker – Ranger

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