Game Preview: Monsters at IceHogs 2/22Feb 22, 2021
In the first of four meetings between the two teams this season, the Cleveland Monsters, affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, drop the puck vs. the Rockford IceHogs, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks, on Monday with full coverage, live from BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford, IL, underway at 7:00 pm on FOX Sports 1350 AM “The Gambler”, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.
MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 2-1 road overtime loss to the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday, the Cleveland Monsters enter tonight’s game at 0-2-1-0 on the season. With one point, the Monsters currently rank fifth in the Central Division standings and 26th league-wide. Cleveland is currently led in scoring by C Zac Dalpe (1-1-2), RW Trey Fix-Wolansky (1-1-2), LW Nathan Gerbe (1-1-2), and C Ryan MacInnis (1-1-2).
ICEHOGS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 3-1 home loss to the Grand Rapids Griffins on Thursday, the Rockford IceHogs enter today’s game at 0-4-1-0 on the season. With one point, the IceHogs currently rank sixth in the Central Division standings and 27th league-wide. Rockford is currently led in scoring by F Brad Morrison (2-1-3), RW Chris Wilkie (2-1-3), and RW Chad Yetman (1-2-3).
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES: Monday marks the first of four meetings between the Monsters and IceHogs this season and the first of two games between the two clubs at BMO Harris Bank Center this year.
|35 Veini Vehvilainen||OVERALL||
|ON THE ROAD||--|
|39 Brad Thiessen||OVERALL||3 GP, (0-2-1), 0 SO, 3.37 GAA, .892 S%|
(28/30) in 1-2 OTL at GR 2/20/21
|ON THE ROAD||1 GP, (0-0-1), 0 SO, 1.96 GAA, .933 S%|
|31 Cale Morris||OVERALL||--|
|90 Matt Tomkins||OVERALL||4 GP, (0-3-1), 0 SO, 3.24 GAA, .905 S%|
|LAST APP.||(26/28) in 1-3 L vs GR 2/18/21|
|AT HOME||3 GP, (0-3-0), 0 SO, 3.39 GAA, .900 S%|
KEYS TO SUCCESS:
- ROCKFORD RETURN: Monsters LW Tyler Sikura posted 44-48-92 in 187 appearances for Rockford spanning the past three seasons.
- SENSE OF URGENCY: Both the Monsters and the IceHogs are in search of their first wins of the campaign with Rockford’s season-opening five-game winless streak (0-4-1-0) the IceHogs’ worst start in franchise history.
- CLENDENING IN CLEVELAND: The Monsters will be buoyed on Monday by the recent return to Cleveland of the club’s leading scorer from 2019-20, veteran D Adam Clendening. Assigned to the Monsters from the Columbus Blue Jackets’ taxi squad on Thursday, Clendening represented Cleveland at the 2019-20 AHL All-Star Classic.