Monsters Head To Toronto To Take On Old Rivals

MATCHUP In a battle between two teams fighting for every possible point to stay in the playoff chase, the Lake Erie Monsters (27-25-5-4) meet one of their oldest rivals, the Toronto Marlies (28-24-9-0), Friday at 7:00 p.m. in Toronto.  The Monsters are in 12th place in the Western Conference, two points behind 11th place Toronto.  The Monsters are 2-0-0-0 against Toronto this season, and are coming off a 3-2 shootout loss in Texas.  The Marlies topped Hamilton 2-0 in their last action on Sunday, and they are 18-9-5-0 since Christmas.

LAST TIME OUT The Monsters put up 49 shots on goal Tuesday against the Texas Stars, and despite tying a franchise record for shots on goal in a game, the Monsters fell by a 3-2 score in a shootout to the defending champions.  Sam Henley and Stefan Elliott scored power play goals for the Monsters in the shootout loss.  Calvin Pickard turned away 26 of 28 shots in the game.

WHO TO WATCH: MONSTERS Andrew Agozzino has points in six straight games; the longest point streak of the season for a Monster.  His assist last game gives him six helpers to go along with three goals over his last six contests.

WHO TO WATCH: MARLIES William Nylander was held without a point on Sunday, snapping a five-game point streak in which the rookie had three goals and four assists.  Nylander, whose father Michael played 920 National Hockey League games between 1992 and 2009, was the eighth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

TUNE IN Catch all of tomorrow night's action, live from Toronto, on AM 1420 'The Answer' beginning at 7:00 p.m. Eastern with Doug Plagens on the play-by-play.