Monsters Look to Rebound Against Stars
In the second of four meetings between the two teams this season, the Cleveland Monsters, proud affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, drop the puck vs. the Texas Stars, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, on Saturday with full coverage, live from H-E-B Center at Cedar Park in Cedar Park, TX, underway at 8:00 pm on 99X and the Monsters Hockey Network.
MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 2-4 road loss to the Texas Stars on Friday, the Cleveland Monsters enter tonight’s game at 16-13-1-2 on the season. With a .547 points percentage, the Monsters currently rank fourth in the AHL’s Central Division standings and ninth in the Western Conference standings. Cleveland is led in scoring by C T.J. Tynan (4-18-22), RW Daniel Zaar (8-12-20) and C Alex Broadhurst (7-13-20).
STARS PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of a 4-2 home win over the Monsters on Friday, the Stars enter tonight’s game at 16-13-1-1 overall this season. With a .548 points percentage, the Stars currently rank alone in fifth place in the AHL’s Pacific Division standings and eighth in the Western Conference. Texas is led in scoring by C Travis Morin (11-15-26), LW Brandon DeFazio (10-15-25) and RW Matej Stransky (11-11-22).
SEASON SERIES: Friday marks the second of four head-to-head meetings between the Monsters and Stars this season and the second of two meetings between the two teams at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park in the 2016-17 season. The Monsters are currently 0-1-0-0 vs. Texas both overall and on the road this season with a -2 goal differential (2/4).
KEYS TO SUCCESS:
- IT’S ALWAYS SONNY: Monsters LW Sonny Milano is currently in the midst of a four-game goal streak (4G), tied for the AHL’s longest such active streak and tied for the third-longest streak of its kind league-wide this season.
- LIMIT OPPORTUNITIES: Texas’ strength is their ability to score goals, as the Stars currently rank fourth in the AHL in goals-per-game this season (3.45 GF/gm.), so on Saturday, Cleveland would do well to focus on limiting the Stars’ opportunities.
- STRIKE FIRST: A positive omen for the Monsters on Saturday would be Cleveland’s ability to score the game’s first goal as Texas is an impressive 14-3-0-0 when gaining a 1-0 lead in games this season, something the Stars were able to do on Friday night.
|Anton Forsberg||OVERALL:||20 GP, (11-6-1), 1 SO, 2.23 GAA, .927 S%|
|LAST APPEARANCE:||(28/28) in 4-0 W vs GR (12/30/16)|
|ON THE ROAD:||9 GP, (4-3-1), 0 SO, .927 S%|
|Joonas Korpisalo||OVERALL:||12 GP, (5-5-2), 0 SO, 2.99 GAA, .900 S%|
|LAST APPEARANCE:||(30/34) in 2-4 L at TEX (1/6/17)|
|HEAD-TO-HEAD:||1 GP, (0-1-0), 0 SO, 4.01 GAA, .882 S%|
|ON THE ROAD:||5 GP, (2-3-0), 0 SO, .877 S%|
|Maxime Lagace||OVERALL:||23 GP, (10-8-2), 1 SO, 3.51 GAA, .890 S%|
|LAST APPEARANCE:||(23/25) in 4-2 W vs CLE (1/6/17)|
|HEAD-TO-HEAD:||1 GP, (1-0-0), 0 SO, 2.02 GAA, .920 S%|
|AT HOME:||12 GP, (6-3-0), 1 SO, .901 S%|
|Landon Bow||OVERALL:||8 GP, (4-3-0), 0 SO, 3.18 GAA, .905 S%|
|LAST APPEARANCE:||(22/26) in 0-4 L vs SD (12/29/16)|
|AT HOME:||6 GP, (3-2-0), 0 SO, .906 S%|