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Game Preview: Monsters at Marlies 11/27

Nov 27, 2021

In the fourth of six meetings between the two teams this season, the Cleveland Monsters, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, drop the puck vs. the Toronto Marlies, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs, on Saturday with full coverage, live from Coca-Cola Coliseum in Toronto, underway at 4:00 pm on FOX Sports 1350 AM “The Gambler”, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.

 

MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 5-1 home win over the Toronto Marlies on Friday, the Cleveland Monsters enter tonight’s game at 9-3-1-3 on the season. With a .688 points percentage, the Monsters currently rank second in the North Division standings and fourth in the Eastern Conference. Cleveland is currently led in scoring by D Jake Christiansen (5-12-17), C Brendan Gaunce (7-7-14), and LW Tyler Angle (1-12-13).

 

MARLIES PRE-SCOUT: Following a 1-5 road loss to the Cleveland Monsters on Friday, the Toronto Marlies enter tonight’s game at 8-5-1-1 on the season. With a .600 points percentage, the Marlies currently rank fourth in the North Division standings and sixth in the Eastern Conference. Toronto is currently led in scoring by C Brett Seney (8-5-13), D Joseph Duszak (0-13-13), and RW Josh Ho-Sang (8-4-12).

 

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES: Saturday marks the fourth of six meetings between the Monsters and Marlies this season (2-0-0-1) and the third of three games between the two clubs at Coca-Cola Coliseum this year (1-0-0-1). The Monsters have a +4 overall goal differential (13/9) an even road goal differential (8/8) vs. Toronto this season.

MONSTERS GOALTENDERS:

35 Jean-Francois Berube OVERALL 6 GP, (3-1-2), 1 SO, 2.09 GAA, .933 S%
  LAST APP. 

(21/25) in 0-4 L at ROC 11/13/21

  HEAD-TO-HEAD 1 GP, (0-0-1), 0 SO, 1.86 GAA, .950 S%
  ON THE ROAD 4 GP, (2-1-1), 1 SO, 1.69 GAA, .947 S%
40 Daniil Tarasov OVERALL 9 GP, (5-2-2), 0 SO, 2.96 GAA, .897 S%
  LAST APP.  (35/36) in 5-1 W vs TOR 11/26/21
  HEAD-TO-HEAD

2 GP, (2-0-0), 0 SO, 2.96 GAA, .906 S%

  ON THE ROAD 4 GP, (2-0-2), 0 SO, 3.37 GAA, .894 S%

MARLIES GOALTENDERS:

30 Michael Hutchinson OVERALL 6 GP, (2-2-2), 0 SO, 3.60 GAA, .894 S%
  LAST APP.  (28/33) in 1-5 L at CLE 11/26/21
  HEAD-TO-HEAD 2 GP, (0-1-1), 0 SO, 5.42 GAA, .863 S%
  AT HOME 3 GP, (1-0-2), 0 SO, 4.34 GAA, .881 S%
45 Keith Petruzzelli OVERALL --
  LAST APP.  --
  HEAD-TO-HEAD --
  AT HOME --
50 Erik Kallgren OVERALL 8 GP, (4-2-0), 0 SO, 2.49 GAA, .924 S%
  LAST APP.  (13/14) in first 25:28 of 5-6 SOL vs LAV 11/17/21
  HEAD-TO-HEAD --
  AT HOME 4 GP, (1-2-0), 0 SO, 4.18 GAA, .879 S%

KEYS TO SUCCESS:

  • GAUNCE THE GREAT: Cleveland C Brendan Gaunce, the AHL’s reigning Player of the Week, has five points to his credit (1-4-5) in his last three appearances and is currently riding a three-game assist streak (4) and a three-game point streak (3-4-7).
  • STENLUND’S SUCCESS: Monsters C Kevin Stenlund is scoring at a two points per game pace vs. Toronto this season (3 GP, 0-6-6) and is currently riding a two-game assist streak (5).
  • CHRISTIANSEN’S CRUISIN’: Cleveland D Jake Christiansen is currently riding a two-game goal streak (2), a two-game assist streak (4), and a two-game point streak (2-4-6). In his last four games, Christiansen is scoring at a two points per game pace (2-6-8) and has 2-4-6 to his credit in three appearances vs. Toronto this season. So far this year, Christiansen ranks among the AHL’s defensive leaders in points (17, 2nd), goals (5, T1st), assists (12, 3rd), shots on goal (46, T3rd), and plus/minus (+11, 5th).

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