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Monsters Face Checkers Before Holiday Break

In the second 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 Charlotte Checkers, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes, on Thursday with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 7:00 pm on 99X and the Monsters Hockey Network.

MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 4-2 home win over the Charlotte Checkers on Tuesday, the Cleveland Monsters enter tonight’s game at 14-11-1-2 on the season. With a .554 points percentage, the Monsters currently rank third in the AHL’s Central Division standings and eighth in the Western Conference standings. Cleveland is led in scoring by RW Daniel Zaar (8-11-19), C T.J. Tynan (4-15-19) and C Alex Broadhurst (6-12-18).

CHECKERS PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of a 2-4 road loss to the Monsters on Tuesday, the Checkers enter tonight’s game at 11-16-2-0 overall this season. With a .414 points percentage, the Checkers currently rank alone in eighth place in the AHL’s Central Division standings and 16th in the Western Conference. Charlotte is led in scoring by C Andrew Poturalski (6-12-18), C Lucas Wallmark (6-8-14) and RW Valentin Zykov (8-5-13).

SEASON SERIES: Thursday marks the second of eight head-to-head meetings between the Monsters and Checkers this season and the second of four meetings between the two teams at The Q in the 2016-17 season. The Monsters are currently 1-0-0-0 vs. the Checkers both overall and at home this season with a +2 goal differential (4/2).

KEYS TO SUCCESS:

  • RAMAGE DOING DAMAGE: Monsters D John Ramage’s second goal of the season was his second game-winning score this year, scored in the third period of Tuesday’s 4-2 Cleveland home win over Charlotte, a game in which the former University of Wisconsin captain posted three points (1G, 2A).
  • CONTINUE TRENDS: The Monsters and Checkers are currently headed in different directions with Cleveland in the midst of a season-long seven game point streak, the AHL’s longest such active streak, and Charlotte enduring an 11-game road losing streak, the league’s longest streak of its kind this year.
  • WIN THE SPECIALTY TEAMS BATTLE: The Monsters’ top-ten overall penalty kill (84.4%, 8th) will look to exploit Charlotte’s league-worst overall power-play (10.9%, 30th) on Thursday at The Q.

MONSTERS GOALTENDERS

Anton Forsberg
 OVERALL:      18 GP, (9-6-1), 0 SO, 2.38 GAA, .924 S%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (21/22) in 2-1 W (OT) at CHI (12/17/16)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      N/A
AT HOME:      9 GP, (5-3-0), 0 SO, .920 S%

 

Joonas Korpisalo
OVERALL:      10 GP, (5-3-2), 0 SO, 2.87 GAA, .899 S%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (29/31) in 4-2 W vs CHA (12/20/16)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      1 GP, (1-0-0), 0 SO, 2.01 GAA, .935 S%
AT HOME:      6 GP, (3-1-2), 0 SO, .919 S%

CHECKERS GOALTENDERS

Alex Nedeljkovic
OVERALL:      16 GP, (3-12-0), 0 SO, 3.44 GAA, .876 S%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (25/28) in 2-4 L at CLE (12/20/16)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      1 GP, (0-1-0), 0 SO, 3.10 GAA, .893 S%
ON THE ROAD:      10 GP, (1-9-0), 0 SO, .866 S%

 

Michael Leighton
OVERALL:      12 GP, (7-2-2), 2 SO, 1.88 GAA, .933 S%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (33/35) in 3-2 W vs MB (12/14/16)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      N/A
ON THE ROAD:      7 GP, (2-2-2), 0 SO, .916 S%