Monsters Wrap up Road Trip With Marlies RematchOct 20, 2019
In the second 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 Toronto Marlies, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs, on Sunday with full coverage, live from Coca-Cola Coliseum in Toronto, ON, underway at 4:00 pm on Alt 99.1, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.
MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 0-2 road loss to the Toronto Marlies on Saturday, the Cleveland Monsters enter tonight’s game at 3-3-0-0 on the season. With six points, the Monsters currently rank fourth in the AHL’s North Division standings and tied for ninth in the Eastern Conference. Cleveland is currently led in scoring by D Adam Clendening (1-3-4), LW Nathan Gerbe (0-4-4) and C Stefan Matteau (3-0-3).
MARLIES PRE-SCOUT: Following a 2-0 home win over the Cleveland Monsters on Saturday, the Toronto Marlies enter tonight’s game at 5-0-0-0 on the season. With ten points, the Marlies currently rank tied for first in the AHL’s North Division standings and tied for second in the Eastern Conference. Toronto is currently led in scoring by LW Egor Korshkov (5-1-6), RW Jeremy Bracco (0-6-6) and RW Pontus Aberg (3-2-5).
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES: Sunday marks the second of eight games between the Monsters and Marlies this season and the second of four meetings between the two teams at Coca-Cola Coliseum this year. Cleveland is 0-1-0-0 both overall and on the road vs. Toronto this season with a -2 goal differential in both scenarios (0/2).
|35 Veini Vehvilainen||OVERALL||3 GP, (1-2-0), 0 SO, 3.04 GAA, .904 S%|
(24/26) in 0-2 L at TOR 10/19/19
|HEAD-TO-HEAD||1 GP, (0-1-0), 0 SO, 2.08 GAA, .923 S%|
|ON THE ROAD||
2 GP, (1-1-0), 0 SO, 1.53 GAA, .947 S%
|39 Brad Thiessen||OVERALL||N/A|
|ON THE ROAD||N/A|
|80 Matiss Kivlenieks||OVERALL||3 GP, (2-1-0), 0 SO, 2.28 GAA, .917 S%|
(28/31) in 4-3 SOW at ROC 10/18/19
|ON THE ROAD||2 GP, (2-0-0), 0 SO, 2.40 GAA, .917 S%|
|30 Kasimir Kaskisuo||OVERALL||
4 GP, (4-0-0), 1 SO, 1.51 GAA, .947 S%
(30/30) in 2-0 W vs CLE 10/19/19
|HEAD-TO-HEAD||1 GP, (1-0-0), 1 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 S%|
|AT HOME||3 GP, (3-0-0), 1 SO, 2.00 GAA, .957 S%|
|35 Joseph Woll||OVERALL||
1 GP, (1-0-0), 1 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 S%
|LAST APP.||(23/23) in 4-0 W at MB 10/12/19|
|ON THE ROAD||
KEYS TO SUCCESS:
- STAY OUT OF THE BOX: Cleveland would do well to avoid taking penalties on Sunday as Toronto currently maintains the AHL’s top overall power play (29.4%) and the league’s top home power play (38.5%).
- CUT OFF KORSHKOV: The Marlies’ top scorer is LW Egor Korshkov who’s begun his campaign on a five-game goal scoring streak, the longest streak of its kind in the AHL so far this season. The Monsters will need to find a way to neutralize the rugged Russian-born forward if they are to claim victory on Sunday.
- FIND THE FINISH LINE: After an exhausting weekend of three games in less than 36 hours, the Monsters need to simplify their game on Sunday in order to maximize their remaining stamina and skate towards the light at the end of the team’s first “three-in-three” of the season.