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Monsters Hit the Road, Look for Third Win Against Admirals

In the third 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 Milwaukee Admirals, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Nashville Predators, on Wednesday with full coverage, live from UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, underway at 8:00 pm on 99X and the Monsters Hockey Network.

MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 3-1 home win over the Milwaukee Admirals on Saturday, the Cleveland Monsters enter tonight’s game at 7-4-2-1 on the season. With a .607 points percentage, the Monsters currently rank second in the AHL’s Central Division standings and fifth in the Western Conference standings. Cleveland is led in scoring by C Carter Camper (4-6-10), LW Tyler Motte (5-2-7), and LW Paul Bittner (3-4-7).

ADMIRALS PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of a 1-3 road loss to the Monsters on Saturday, the Admirals enter tonight’s game at 8-7-0-0 overall this season. With a .533 points percentage, the Admirals currently rank fifth in the AHL’s Central Division standings and eighth in the Western Conference. Milwaukee is led in scoring by C Emil Pettersson (5-10-15), LW Harry Zolnierczyk (5-5-10), and RW Tyler Kelleher (5-4-9).

SEASON SERIES: Wednesday marks the third of eight meetings between the Monsters and Admirals this season and the first of four meetings between the two teams at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. So far this season, the Monsters are 2-0-0-0 vs. Milwaukee overall with a +4 goal differential (8/4) to their credit vs. the Admirals thus far.

 

MONSTERS GOALTENDERS

Brad Thiessen
 OVERALL:      7 GP, (4-1-2), 0 SO, 2.55 GAA, .900 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (24/26) in 2-3 SOL at IA (11/12/17)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      N/A
ON THE ROAD:      3 GP, (1-0-2), 0 SO, .901 SV%

 

Matiss Kivlenieks
OVERALL:      6 GP, (2-3-1), 0 SO, 2.64 GAA, .896 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (21/24) in 5-3 W vs MIL (11/16/17)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      1 GP, (1-0-0), 0 SO, 3.01 GAA, .875 SV%
ON THE ROAD:      3 GP, (1-2-0), 0 SO, .878 SV%

ADMIRALS GOALTENDERS

Anders Lindback
OVERALL:      11 GP, (8-3-0), 1 SO, 2.46 GAA, .918 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (27/29) in 3-2 W at CHI (11/12/17)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      N/A
AT HOME:      5 GP, (3-2-0), 1 SO, .927 SV%

 

Jake Peterson
OVERALL:      5 GP, (1-4-0), 0 SO, 4.64 GAA, .891 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (46/50) in NOR-ECHL 1-4 L vs MAN-ECHL (11/3/17)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      N/A
AT HOME:      N/A

 

KEYS TO SUCCESS:

  • GOING STREAKING: The Monsters’ active three-game points streak (2-0-0-1) currently ranks tied for the league’s fifth-longest such active streak. Additionally, LW Paul Bittner (2-2-4), D Dean Kukan (0-3-3), and C Sam Vigneault (1-2-3) are currently in the midst of their own individual three-game points streaks.
  • FINISH THE JOB: The Monsters are 2-0-0-0 vs. the Admirals this season with a +4 goal differential (8/4) and will look to make it a three-game sweep of Milwaukee on the road on Wednesday as tonight’s game caps a stretch of three-consecutive tilts between the two teams.
  • ADDED PRESENCE: Not only will Cleveland be buoyed by the presence of D Gabriel Carlsson, a regular with the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, for the second-straight game on Wednesday, but tonight’s game also features the likely return of LW Nick Moutrey, cleared to re-enter Cleveland’s lineup for the first time in 11 games.