Monster Look to Rebound Against Moose
In the eighth of eight meetings between the two teams this season, Cleveland’s Lake Erie Monsters, proud affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, drop the puck on Saturday vs. the Manitoba Moose, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets, with full coverage underway at 7:00 pm, live from The Q, on 99X and the Monsters Hockey Network.
MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 4-0 home loss to the Manitoba Moose on March 18th, the Lake Erie Monsters enter tonight’s game at 33-20-5-5 on the season. With a .603 points percentage, the Monsters currently rank alone in fourth place in the AHL’s Central Division standings and alone in fifth place in the Western Conference. The Monsters are led in scoring by center T.J. Tynan (5-29-34), right wing Daniel Zaar (17-16-33) and right wing Josh Anderson (15-12-27).
MOOSE PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of a 4-0 road win over the Monsters on March 18th, the Moose enter tonight’s game at 19-35-4-5 overall this season. With a .373 points percentage, Manitoba currently ranks alone in eighth place in the AHL’s Central Division standings and 15th in the Western Conference. The Moose are led in scoring by center Chase De Leo (16-17-33), defenseman Brendan Kichton (7-24-31 and right wing Austen Brassard (13-17-30).
KEYS TO SUCCESS
- FOCUS ON FORSBERG: With G Joonas Korpisalo added to the Blue Jackets’ roster on emergency recall, the Monsters turn to Anton Forsberg in net on Saturday. In two appearances vs. Manitoba this year, Forsberg has been excellent, posting a 2-0-0 record with a 1.51 GAA and a .930 S%.
- BOUNCE BACK: The Monsters will need to rebound on Saturday from a tough 4-0 home loss to the Moose on Friday, the team’s first loss at The Q to Manitoba this season and just the second loss to the Moose this year (5-2-0-0), in the final meeting between the two teams this season.
- IT’S ALWAYS SONNY: Monsters LW Sonny Milano is scoring at a point-per-game pace vs. Manitoba this season (7GP, 2-5-7) and will be counted upon Saturday to provide offense in the absence of recalled Lake Erie forwards Oliver Bjorkstrand and Michael Chaput.
SEASON SERIES: Saturday marks the eighth of eight head-to-head meetings between the Monsters and Moose overall this season and the fourth of four meetings between the two teams at The Q this year. The Monsters currently have +5 goal differential vs. Manitoba (20/15) this season, are 5-2-0-0 vs. the Moose overall this season and 2-1-0-0 vs. the Moose at home this year.
BETWEEN THE PIPES: Anton Forsberg is 17-9-4 in 33 appearances for the Monsters this season with one shutout, a 2.47 GAA and a .911 S%. In his last appearance, Forsberg stopped 32 of the 34 pucks he faced in a 3-2 road win over San Antonio on March 11th. In two appearances vs. the Moose this season, Forsberg is 2-0-0 with a 1.51 GAA and a .930 S%. In 18 home appearances this season, Forsberg is 12-3-2 with one shutout, a 2.61 GAA and a .923 S%. The reigning CCM/AHL Goaltender of the Month, Brad Thiessen is 10-4-4 in 20 appearances for the Monsters this season with a team-leading three shutouts, a 2.00 GAA and a .926 S%. In his last AHL appearance, Thiessen stopped 14 of the 18 pucks he faced in the first 40:00 of a 5-0 road loss to the Rockford IceHogs on March 5th. Vs. Manitoba this year, Thiessen is 1-1-0 in two appearances with a 3.50 GAA and a .881 S%. At home this season, Thiessen is 6-1-1 in nine appearances with one shutout, a 1.88 GAA and a .934 S%.
In 41 appearances for Manitoba this season, Eric Comrie is 12-21-7 with one shutout, a 3.02 GAA and a .910 S%. In his last appearance, Comrie stopped 26 of the 30 pucks he faced in a 5-1 road loss to Grand Rapids on March 12th. Vs. the Monsters this year, Comrie is 1-4-0 in five appearances with one shutout, a 3.24 GAA and a .904 S%. In 18 road appearances this year, Comrie is 2-13-3 with a 3.67 GAA and a .894 S%. In 21 appearances for the Moose this season, Connor Hellebuyck is 7-13-1 with three shutouts, a 2.60 GAA and a .921 S%. In his last appearance, Hellebuyck stopped each of the 36 pucks he faced in a 4-0 road win over Lake Erie on March 18th. Vs. the Monsters this year, Hellebuyck is 1-1-0 in two appearances with one shutout, a 1.02 GAA and a .972 S%. In 13 road appearances this year, Hellebuyck is 6-7-0 with three shutouts, a 2.48 GAA and a .926 S%.