Monsters Clash with Grand Rapids at Home
In the seventh of eight meetings between the two teams this season, the Cleveland Monsters, proud affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, drop the puck vs. the Grand Rapids Griffins, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings, on Sunday with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 1:00 pm on Alt 99.1 and the Monsters Hockey Network.
MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 2-4 home loss to the Grand Rapids Griffins on Friday, the Cleveland Monsters enter tonight’s game at 14-23-4-3 on the season. With a .398 points percentage, the Monsters currently rank seventh in the AHL’s Central Division standings and 15th in the Western Conference standings. Cleveland is led in scoring by C Carter Camper (9-21-30), C Alex Broadhurst (11-11-22), and RW Miles Koules (8-10-18).
GRIFFINS PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of a 4-2 road win over the Monsters on Friday, the Griffins enter tonight’s game at 23-18-1-5 overall this season. With a .553 points percentage, the Griffins currently rank fifth in the AHL’s Central Division standings and 11th in the Western Conference. Grand Rapids is led in scoring by LW Matt Puempel (18-22-40), LW Eric Tangradi (17-18-35), and LW Matt Lorito (13-21-34).
SEASON SERIES: Sunday marks the seventh of eight games between the Monsters and Griffins this season and the fourth of four meetings between the two teams at The Q this year. Cleveland is 2-4-0-0 vs. Grand Rapids overall this season with a -6 goal differential (15/21). At home vs. the Griffins, the Monsters are 1-2-0-0 this season with a -3 goal differential (8/11).
|OVERALL:||24 GP, (7-13-2), 0 SO, 3.15 GAA, .889 SV%|
|LAST APPEARANCE:||(23/25), (3/3) in 3-2 SOW vs GR (2/1/18)|
|HEAD-TO-HEAD:||4 GP, (1-3-0), 0 SO, 3.81 GAA, .857 SV%|
|AT HOME:||12 GP, (5-6-1), 0 SO, .896 SV%|
|OVERALL:||3 GP, (1-1-1), 1 SO, 2.34 GAA, .910 SV%|
|LAST APPEARANCE:||(27/30) in 2-4 L vs GR (2/2/18)|
|HEAD-TO-HEAD:||1 GP, (0-1-0), 0 SO, 3.16 GAA, .900 SV%|
|AT HOME:||2 GP, (0-1-1), 0 SO, .863 SV%|
|OVERALL:||31 GP, (16-10-3), 0 SO, 2.65 GAA, .909 SV%|
|LAST APPEARANCE:||(31/33), (2/3) in 2-3 SOL at CLE (2/1/18)|
|HEAD-TO-HEAD:||3 GP, (2-0-1), 0 SO, 1.96 GAA, .927 SV%|
|ON THE ROAD:||13 GP, (7-3-3), 0 SO, .933 SV%|
|OVERALL:||18 GP, (7-8-3), 0 SO, 3.16 GAA, .898 SV%|
|LAST APPEARANCE:||(26/28) in 4-2 W at CLE (2/2/18)|
|HEAD-TO-HEAD:||3 GP, (2-1-0), 0 SO, 2.37 GAA, .920 SV%|
|ON THE ROAD:||11 GP, (5-5-1), 0 SO, .896 SV%|
KEYS TO SUCCESS:
- BROADHURST BROTHERS: Cleveland’s sibling tandem of LW Terry and C Alex Broadhurst have never been more productive. Terry, the elder Broadhurst, is currently in the midst of an eight-game point streak (3-8-11), a six-game home assist streak (7A), a four-game assist streak (5A), a stretch of point-per-game production vs. Grand Rapids (4 GP, 0-4-4), and is scoring at a better-than point per game pace in his past 15 games (6-11-17). Meanwhile, Terry’s younger brother Alex has goals in three straight games for the Monsters (3G), tied for the AHL’s longest such active streak.
- STAY DISCIPLINED: Cleveland will need to avoid retaliating on Sunday against a bruising Griffins team that features D Dylan McIlrath (26 minor penalties, 5th league-wide/4th among defensemen) and RW Dominik Shine (4 major penalties, T3rd among rookies), two of the tougher customers in the AHL’s Central Division.
- RUBBER MATCH: With the final game of the Monsters’ and Griffins’ eight-game season series on hold until the final game of the regular season on April 14th, Sunday’s tilt is the capper of a stretch of three consecutive games between the two teams with each team having claimed one of the first two tilts in the series.