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Monsters Move on to Charlotte

In the fifth of eight meetings between the two teams this season, the Cleveland Monsters, proud affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, drop the puck vs. the Charlotte Checkers, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes, on Friday with full coverage, live from Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, NC, underway at 7:15 pm on 99X and the Monsters Hockey Network.

MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 2-4 road loss to the Chicago Wolves on Wednesday, the Cleveland Monsters enter tonight’s game at 24-22-2-4 on the season. With a .519 points percentage, the Monsters currently rank fifth in the AHL’s Central Division standings and ninth in the Western Conference standings. Cleveland is led in scoring by C T.J. Tynan (7-21-28), Oliver Bjorkstrand (14-12-26) and LW Sonny Milano (11-14-25).

CHECKERS PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of a 4-5 road overtime loss to the Milwaukee Admirals on Sunday, the Charlotte Checkers enter tonight’s game at 23-24-4-0 overall this season. With a .490 points percentage, the Checkers currently rank alone in sixth place in the AHL’s Central Division standings and 12th in the Western Conference. Charlotte is led in scoring by C Andrew Poturalski (11-24-35), C Lucas Wallmark (17-15-32) and RW Valentin Zykov (14-14-28).

SEASON SERIES: Friday marks the fifth of eight head-to-head meetings between the Monsters and Checkers this season and the third of four meetings between the two teams at Bojangles Coliseum in the 2016-17 season. The Monsters are currently 2-1-0-1 vs. Charlotte overall this season with an even goal differential (12/12) and are 0-1-0-1 vs. the Checkers on the road with a -3 goal differential (5/8).

KEYS TO SUCCESS:

  • RAMAGE DOES DAMAGE: Monsters D John Ramage currently leads all Cleveland skaters in scoring vs. the Checkers this year with one goal and six points in four appearances vs. Charlotte.
  • SPECIAL TEAMS MISMATCH: Friday’s game pits Cleveland’s sixth-ranked overall penalty kill (84.5%) vs. Charlotte’s last-place overall power-play (11.5%, 30th).
  • BUILD A LEAD: The Monsters would be wise to play from ahead on Friday as the Checkers are 15-1-2-0 this season when leading through two periods of play.

MONSTERS GOALTENDERS

Anton Forsberg
 OVERALL:     
31 GP, (15-12-2), 2 SO, 2.18 GAA, .929 S%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (28/28) in 2-0 W at IA (2/19/17)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      2 GP, (1-0-1), 0 SO, 1.92 GAA, .915 S%
ON THE ROAD:      17 GP, (8-6-2), 1 SO, .933 S%

 

Brad Thiessen
OVERALL:     
7 GP, (2-4-1), 1 SO, 2.15 GAA, .927 S%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (36/39) in 2-4 L at IA (2/20/17)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      1 GP, (0-1-0), 0 SO, 4.05 GAA, .875 S%
ON THE ROAD:      4 GP, (1-3-0), 0 SO, .902 S% 

CHECKERS GOALTENDERS

Michael Leighton
OVERALL:      23 GP, (11-7-3), 3 SO, 2.17 GAA, .921 S%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (15/16) in first 26:57 of 3-6 L at MIL (2/17/17)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      1 GP, (0-1-0), 0 SO, 3.08 GAA, .893 S%
AT HOME:      9 GP, (7-1-1), 3 SO, .944 S%

 

Alex Nedeljkovic
OVERALL:      22 GP, (7-13-1), 1 SO, 3.16 GAA, .889 S%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (24/29) in 4-5 OTL at MIL (2/19/17)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      3 GP, (2-1-0), 0 SO, 2.62 GAA, .918 S%
AT HOME:      9 GP, (5-3-0), 0 SO, .910 S%