Monsters Face Rockford Tuesday Night for Halloween Thriller
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 Rockford IceHogs, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks, on Tuesday with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 7:00 pm on 99X and the Monsters Hockey Network.
MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 1-2 home loss to the Ontario Reign on Saturday, the Cleveland Monsters enter tonight’s game at 3-3-1-0 on the season. With a .500 points percentage, the Monsters currently rank fourth in the AHL’s Central Division standings and ninth in the Western Conference standings. Cleveland is led in scoring by LW Tyler Motte (5-2-7), C Carter Camper (2-2-4), and C Calvin Thurkauf (3-0-3).
ICEHOGS PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of a 4-3 home win over the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday, the Rockford IceHogs enter tonight’s game at 7-2-0-0 overall this season. With a .778 points percentage, the IceHogs currently rank first in the AHL’s Central Division standings and second in the Western Conference. Rockford is led in scoring by C Vinnie Hinostroza (4-7-11), LW Matthew Highmore (5-3-8), and three other players (3-5-8).
SEASON SERIES: Tuesday marks the second of eight head-to-head meetings between the Monsters and IceHogs this season and the second of four meetings between the two teams at The Q in the 2017-18 campaign. So far this year, the Monsters are 0-1-0-0 vs. the IceHogs both overall and at home with a -4 goal differential (0/4) vs. Rockford both overall and on home ice.
|OVERALL:||4 GP, (3-1-0), 0 SO, 2.78 GAA, .885 SV%|
|LAST APPEARANCE:||(23/27) in 7-4 W vs ONT (10/27/17)|
|HEAD-TO-HEAD:||1 GP, (0-1-0), 0 SO, 3.13 GAA, .857 SV%|
|AT HOME:||3 GP, (2-1-0), 0 SO, .881 SV%|
|OVERALL:||3 GP, (0-2-1), 0 SO, 2.00 GAA, .927 SV%|
|LAST APPEARANCE:||(24/26) in 1-2 L vs ONT (10/28/17)|
|AT HOME:||2 GP, (0-1-1), 0 SO, .938 SV%|
|OVERALL:||6 GP, (5-1-0), 2 SO, 1.82 GAA, .936 SV%|
|LAST APPEARANCE:||(28/32) in 2-5 L vs MIL (10/27/17)|
|HEAD-TO-HEAD:||1 GP, (1-0-0), 1 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 SV%|
|ON THE ROAD:||2 GP, (2-0-0), 1 SO, .980 SV%|
|OVERALL:||3 GP, (2-1-0), 0 SO, 3.04 GAA, .892 SV%|
|LAST APPEARANCE:||(17/20) in 4-3 W vs GR (10/28/17)|
|ON THE ROAD:||1 GP, (1-0-0), 0 SO, 2.00 GAA, .933 SV%|
KEYS TO SUCCESS:
- MAN-DOWN OFFENSE: Both the Monsters and IceHogs have been effective offensively while killing penalties this year with Rockford’s three shorthanded goals currently leading the league and Cleveland’s two shorthanded goals currently rank second-most in the AHL this season.
- STRENGTH ON STRENGTH: While the Monsters currently rank second league-wide in shots allowed per game (25.7, 2nd), the IceHogs have excelled on putting pucks on net this year, to the tune of the AHL’s best mark (33.4, 1st) in that category on a per-game basis this season.
- HALT HINOSTROZA: The Monsters will need to carefully check Rockford C Vinnie Hinostroza on Tuesday. So far this season, the ‘Hogs top scorer ranks in the AHL’s top-ten in points (11, T6th) and power-play assists (5, T3rd).