Monsters Face Griffins at HomeNov 12, 2019
MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 0-4 home loss to the Laval Rocket on Friday, the Cleveland Monsters enter tonight’s game at 8-5-0-1 on the season. With 17 points, the Monsters currently rank fifth in the AHL’s North Division standings and ninth in the Eastern Conference. Cleveland is currently led in scoring by LW Nathan Gerbe (3-8-11), C Zac Dalpe (5-4-9) and C Justin Scott (3-6-9).
GRIFFINS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 2-5 home loss to the Toronto Marlies on Saturday, the Grand Rapids Griffins enter tonight’s game at 6-6-1-1 on the season. With 14 points, the Griffins currently rank sixth in the AHL’s Central Division standings and ninth in the Western Conference. Grand Rapids is currently led in scoring by RW Chris Terry (8-13-21), LW Matt Puempel (7-9-16) and RW Matthew Ford (3-5-8).
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES: Tuesday marks the second of four meetings between the Monsters and Griffins this season and the first of two games between the two teams at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse this year. Cleveland is 1-0-0-0 vs. Grand Rapids both overall and on the road this season with a +2 goal differential (5/3) vs. the Griffins.
|35 Veini Vehvilainen||OVERALL||6 GP, (3-3-0), 1 SO, 2.02 GAA, .931 S%|
|LAST APP.||(25/27) in 0-4 L vs LAV 11/9/19|
4 GP, (2-2-0), 1 SO, 2.27 GAA, .922 S% S%
|39 Brad Thiessen||OVERALL||N/A|
|80 Matiss Kivlenieks||OVERALL||
7 GP, (5-1-1), 0 SO, 2.37 GAA, .909 S%
|LAST APP.||(23/26) in 5-3 W at GR 11/6/19|
|HEAD-TO-HEAD||1 GP, (1-0-0), 0 SO, 3.00 GAA, .885 S%|
|AT HOME||3 GP, (2-1-0), 0 SO, 1.33 GAA, .943 S%|
|30 Filip Larsson||OVERALL||5 GP, (2-3-0), 0 SO, 3.45 GAA, .868 S%|
|LAST APP.||(18/22) in 2-5 L vs TOR 11/9/19|
|HEAD-TO-HEAD||2 GP, (1-1-0), 0 SO, 1.52 GAA, .946 S%|
|ON THE ROAD||3 GP, (1-2-0), 0 SO, 3.03 GAA, .889 S%|
|31 Calvin Pickard||OVERALL||9 GP, (4-3-2), 1 SO, 2.77 GAA, .906 S%|
|LAST APP.||(23/24) in 4-1 W vs TOR 11/8/19|
|HEAD-TO-HEAD||1 GP, (0-1-0), 0 SO, 4.03 GAA, .833 S%|
|ON THE ROAD||3 GP, (1-1-1), 0 SO, 3.93 GAA, .875 S%|
KEYS TO SUCCESS:
- ROAD WOES: Cleveland will look to keep the Griffins’ road struggles going on Tuesday as Grand Rapids is winless in four straight away from home and currently mired in a three-game road losing streak, the AHL’s third-longest such active streak and tied for the fifth longest streak of its kind league-wide this year.
- DYNAMIC DUO: The Monsters will have their hands full on Tuesday with the Griffins’ top two scorers, forwards Chris Terry and Matt Puempel. Terry’s 21 points are tied for league-lead while Puempel is currently riding a nine-game points streak (13 PTS), the league’s longest such active streak.
- PK PARLAY: While the Monsters continue to lead the league in shorthanded goals (5), the Griffins are currently providing the AHL’s least-effective penalty killing unit (72.0%, 31st).