Game Preview: Monsters vs Marlies 11/26Nov 26, 2021
In the third 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 Friday with full coverage, live from Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, underway at 7:00 pm on FOX Sports 1350 AM “The Gambler”, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.
MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 6-5 road overtime win over the Toronto Marlies on Sunday, the Cleveland Monsters enter tonight’s game at 8-3-1-3 on the season. With a .667 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 (4-10-14), C Brendan Gaunce (7-6-13), and LW Tyler Angle (1-12-13).
MARLIES PRE-SCOUT: Following a 5-6 home overtime loss to the Cleveland Monsters on Sunday, the Toronto Marlies enter tonight’s game at 8-4-1-1 on the season. With a .643 points percentage, the Marlies currently rank third in the North Division standings and fifth in the Eastern Conference. Toronto is currently led in scoring by C Brett Seney (8-5-13), RW Josh Ho-Sang (8-4-12), and D Joseph Duszak (0-12-12).
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES: Friday marks the third of six meetings between the Monsters and Marlies this season (1-0-0-1) and the first of three games between the two clubs at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse this year. The Monsters have an even overall goal differential (8/8) vs. Toronto this season.
|35 Jean-Francois Berube||OVERALL||6 GP, (3-1-2), 1 SO, 2.09 GAA, .933 S%|
(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%|
|AT HOME||2 GP, (1-0-1), 0 SO, 2.93 GAA, .906 S%|
|40 Daniil Tarasov||OVERALL||8 GP, (4-2-2), 0 SO, 3.20 GAA, .884 S%|
|LAST APP.||(23/28) in 6-5 OTW at TOR 11/21/21|
|HEAD-TO-HEAD||1 GP, (1-0-0), 0 SO, 4.86 GAA, .821 S%|
|AT HOME||4 GP, (2-2-0), 0 SO, 3.03 GAA, .871 S%|
|30 Michael Hutchinson||OVERALL||5 GP, (2-1-2), 0 SO, 3.32 GAA, .904 S%|
|LAST APP.||(41/47) in 5-6 OTL vs CLE 11/21/21|
|HEAD-TO-HEAD||1 GP, (0-0-1), 0 SO, 5.82 GAA, .872 S%|
|ON THE ROAD||2 GP, (1-1-0), 0 SO, 1.94 GAA, .938 S%|
|45 Keith Petruzzelli||OVERALL||--|
|ON THE ROAD||--|
|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|
|ON THE ROAD||4 GP, (3-0-0), 0 SO, 1.18 GAA, .962 S%|
KEYS TO SUCCESS:
- PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Monsters LW Brendan Gaunce claimed AHL Player of the Week honors after helping Cleveland to three wins last week, posting 3-3-6 in the process. In two head-to-head meetings vs. the Marlies this season, Gaunce has 1-3-4 to his credit.
- ROOKIE SENSATION: Cleveland LW Tyler Angle’s 12 assists rank tied for second most in the AHL this year and Angle ranks among the league’s rookie leaders in assists (2nd), points (13, 6th), and shots on goal (39, 3rd). Angle is additionally riding a two-game assist streak (2) and a three-game point streak (1-2-3).
- JOLTIN’ JAKE: Monsters D Jake Christiansen currently ranks among the AHL’s defensive leaders in points (14, 3rd), goals (4, T3rd), assists (10, T4th), and shots on goal (43, 4th). Christiansen is scoring at a better than point per game pace vs. Toronto this season (2 GP, 1-2-3) and in his last three appearances (1-4-5).