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Monsters Rematch the Checkers

Monsters Rematch the Checkers

Mar 11, 2020

In the eighth of eight meetings between the two teams this season, the Cleveland Monsters, affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, drop the puck vs. the Charlotte Checkers, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes, on Wednesday with full coverage, live from Bojangles’ Coliseum in Charlotte, NC, underway at 7:00 pm on Alt 99.1, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.

 

MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 1-2 road loss to the Charlotte Checkers on Tuesday, the Cleveland Monsters enter tonight’s game at 24-31-4-2 on the season. With 54 points, the Monsters currently rank eighth in the AHL’s North Division standings and 15th in the Eastern Conference. Cleveland is currently led in scoring by D Adam Clendening (7-33-40), C Ryan MacInnis (7-23-30) and LW Stefan Matteau (12-16-28).

 

CHECKERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 2-1 home win over the Cleveland Monsters on Tuesday, the Charlotte Checkers enter tonight’s game at 33-22-5-0 on the season. With 71 points, the Checkers currently rank fourth in the AHL’s Atlantic Division standings and seventh in the Eastern Conference. Charlotte is currently led in scoring by D Jake Bean (9-37-46), LW Steven Lorentz (21-22-43) and C Morgan Geekie (22-20-42).

 

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES: Tuesday marks the eighth of eight meetings between the Monsters and Checkers this season and the fourth of four games between the two clubs at Bojangles’ Coliseum this year. Cleveland is 3-4-0-0 overall vs. Charlotte with a -3 goal differential (15/18) overall and 1-2-0-0 vs. the Checkers on the road with a -2 goal differential (6/8).

 

MONSTERS GOALTENDERS:

35 Veini Vehvilainen OVERALL

33 GP, (10-18-4), 3 SO, 2.76 GAA, .901 S%

  LAST APP.  (31/33) in 1-2 L at CHA 3/10/20
  HEAD-TO-HEAD

3 GP, (1-2-0), 0 SO, 1.71 GAA, .938 S%

  ON THE ROAD 16 GP, (5-8-3), 0 SO, 2.92 GAA, .899 S%
39 Brad Thiessen  OVERALL 7 GP, (3-3-0), 0 SO, 2.86 GAA, .894 S%
  LAST APP.  (20/25) in 1-5 L vs BEL 2/28/20
  HEAD-TO-HEAD N/A
  ON THE ROAD 4 GP, (3-1-0), 0 SO, 3.25 GAA, .895 S%
80 Matiss Kivlenieks  OVERALL

19 GP, (9-8-2), 1 SO, 2.97 GAA, .904 S%

  LAST APP.  (44/48) in 2-4 L vs ROC 2/5/20
  HEAD-TO-HEAD 3 GP, (1-2-0), 0 SO, 3.33 GAA, .901 S%
  ON THE ROAD

10 GP, (3-5-2), 0 SO, 3.75 GAA, .877 S%

CHECKERS GOALTENDERS:

30 Alex Nedeljkovic  OVERALL 28 GP, (15-10-2), 4 SO, 2.51 GAA, .905 S%
  LAST APP.      (21/23) in 1-2 L at BNG 2/21/20
  HEAD-TO-HEAD 3 GP, (2-0-1), 0 SO, 1.66 GAA, .932 S%
  AT HOME

14 GP, (8-5-1), 1 SO, 2.59 GAA, .901 S%

35 Keith Kinkaid   OVERALL 4 GP, (2-1-1), 0 SO, 2.24 GAA, .924 S%
  LAST APP. 

(29/30) in 2-1 W vs CLE 3/10/20

  HEAD-TO-HEAD 1 GP, (1-0-0), 0 SO, 1.00 GAA, .967 S%
  AT HOME

3 GP, (1-1-1), 0 SO, 1.98 GAA, .931 S%

 

KEYS TO SUCCESS:

  • SLIP SLIDIN’ AWAY: Cleveland is currently in the midst of a six-game losing streak (0-5-1-0), the team’s longest drought of the season and the AHL’s longest active streak of its kind.
  • LEADING THE CHARGE: Monsters D Adam Clendening leads Cleveland in scoring this season and currently ranks in the AHL’s top-ten among blue-liners in points (40, 5th), assists (33, 4th), power-play assists (15, T5th), shots on goal (142, 7th) and minor penalties (30, 1st).
  • TRIGGER MAN: Monsters D Dillon Simpson currently ranks among the AHL’s defensive leaders in goals (9, T7th) and shooting percentage (11.1%, 3rd).
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