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Monsters Continue Playoff Push with Homestand Against Rochester

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 Rochester Americans, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, on Monday with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 7:00 pm on Alt 99.1, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.

MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 1-3 road loss to the Belleville Senators on Saturday, the Cleveland Monsters enter tonight’s game at 36-27-7-2 on the season. With 81 points, the Monsters currently rank fourth in the AHL’s North Division standings and eighth in the Eastern Conference. Cleveland is led in scoring by C Zac Dalpe (32-21-53), C Mark Letestu (19-27-46) and D Adam Clendening (4-32-36).

AMERICANS PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of a 5-2 road win over the Syracuse Crunch on Saturday, the Rochester Americans enter tonight’s game at 44-22-4-2 on the season. With 94 points, the Americans currently rank second in the AHL’s North Division standings and third in the Eastern Conference. Rochester is led in scoring by LW Victor Olofsson (27-33-60), LW C.J. Smith (28-29-57) and D Zach Redmond (21-29-50).

SEASON SERIES: Monday marks the eighth of eight meetings between the Monsters and Americans this season and the fourth of four clashes between the two clubs at The Q this year. So far this season, Cleveland is 2-4-1-0 vs. Rochester overall with a -6 goal differential (16/22) and the Monsters are 1-1-1-0 vs. the Americans at home with a -2 goal differential (6/8).

 

MONSTERS GOALTENDERS

39 Brad Thiessen
OVERALL:     

22 GP, (11-6-3), 2 SO, 2.38 GAA, .912 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

(18/21) in 1-3 L at BEL 4/6/19

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

1 GP, (0-0-0), 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 S%

AT HOME:     

11 GP, (8-1-1), 1 SO, 1.92 GAA, .932 S%

 

35 Matiss Kivlenieks
OVERALL:     

14 GP, (4-4-1), 1 SO, 3.71 GAA, .873 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

(4/7) in first 25:01 of 3-4 OTL vs BNG 2/10/19

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

1 GP, (1-0-0), 0 SO, 2.00 GAA, .931 S%

AT HOME:     

5 GP, (2-2-0), 1 SO, 2.83 GAA, .906 S%

 

AMERICANS GOALTENDERS

29 Scott Wedgewood
OVERALL:     

46 GP, (27-13-2), 5 SO, 2.71 GAA, .906 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

(19/25) in 1-6 L vs SYR 4/5/19

HEAD-TO-HEAD:     

5 GP, (4-1-0), 1 SO, 1.81 GAA, .945 S%

ON THE ROAD:     

19 GP, (12-4-1), 1 SO, 2.78 GAA, .895 S%

 
32 Adam Wilcox
OVERALL:     

27 GP, (13-8-4), 0 SO, 2.78 GAA, .897 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

(15/17) in 5-2 W at SYR 4/6/19

HEAD-TO-HEAD:     

2 GP, (1-1-0), 0 SO, 1.98 GAA, .929 S%

ON THE ROAD:      

17 GP, (10-4-3), 0 SO, 2.73 GAA, .900 S%

 

 

KEYS TO SUCCESS:

  • STILL STREAKING: Cleveland C Zac Dalpe currently ranks third in the AHL with 32 goals this season, a Monsters franchise record for tallies in a single campaign. Dalpe is also in the midst of an 11-game point streak (11-4-15), the AHL’s longest such active streak, and a four-game home goal streak (6G), the league’s second-longest active streak of its kind.
  • CLENDENING RETURNS: After two recent recalls to the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, Monsters D Adam Clendening, the team’s top-scoring blue-liner, returns to Cleveland’s lineup for Monday’s critical clash vs. Rochester.
  • HOME, SWEET HOME: Cleveland saw their season-long nine-game point streak halted in a 3-1 road loss to Belleville on Saturday, but the Monsters are still riding a seven-game home point streak, the AHL’s longest such active stretch.