Monsters Host Americans for Pucks and Paws Game
In the fourth of four meetings between the two teams this season, Cleveland’s Lake Erie Monsters, proud affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, drop the puck on Sunday vs. the Rochester Americans, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, with full coverage underway at 5:00 pm, live from The Q, on ESPN 850 WKNR and simulcast on CLE 43 WUAB and the Monsters Hockey Network.
MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 4-3 road overtime win vs. the Rochester Americans on April 9th, the Lake Erie Monsters enter tonight’s game at 40-21-6-5 on the season. With a .632 points percentage, the Monsters currently rank alone in second place in the AHL’s Central Division standings and alone in third place in the Western Conference. The Monsters are led in scoring by center Michael Chaput (15-29-44), right wing Daniel Zaar (21-22-43) and center T.J. Tynan (6-36-42).
AMERKS PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of a 4-3 home overtime loss to Lake Erie on April 9th, the Americans enter tonight’s game at 33-35-3-1 overall this season. With a .486 points percentage, Rochester currently ranks alone in sixth place in the AHL’s North Division standings and 13th in the Eastern Conference. The Amerks are led in scoring by center Eric O’Dell (25-23-48), right wing Justin Bailey (20-24-44) and left wing William Carrier (13-17-30).
KEYS TO SUCCESS
- MAN-DOWN MATCHUP: The Monsters currently lead the league with eight home shorthanded goals this season, while the Amerks have allowed a league-high eight road shorthanded goals and 14 total shorthanded scores this year, the highest total in the AHL.
- BAIL-ING OUT HIS TEAM: Rochester RW Justin Bailey currently ranks just outside the AHL’s top-ten in rookie scoring this year (44 PTS, T11th) and currently ranks third among firs-year skaters league-wide with 175 shots on goal so far this season.
- RIPPING ROCHESTER: Lake Erie currently boasts ten players scoring at a point-per-game or better pace vs. the Amerks this season, including C Alex Broadhust (3GP, 1-4-5), RW Daniel Zaar (2GP, 3-0-3), D John Ramage (2GP, 1-2-3), RW Oliver Bjorkstrand (3GP, 0-3-3) and C Michael Chaput (3GP, 0-3-3), among five others.
SEASON SERIES: Saturday marks the fourth of four head-to-head meetings between the Monsters and Amerks overall this season and the second of two meetings between the two teams at The Q this year. The Monsters currently show a +1 goal differential vs. Rochester (12/11) this season, are 2-1-0-0 vs. the Americans overall and 1-0-0-0 vs. Rochester at home this year.
BETWEEN THE PIPES: Anton Forsberg is 22-10-5 in a team-leading 40 appearances for the Monsters this season with two shutouts, a 2.44 GAA and a .912 S%. In his last appearance, Forsberg stopped 28 of the 31 pucks he faced in a 4-3 road overtime win vs. Rochester on April 9th. In three appearances vs. Rochester this season, Forsberg is 2-1-0 with a 3.34 GAA and a .877 S%. In 22 home appearances this year, Forsberg is 15-4-2 with two shutouts, a 2.41 GAA and a .926 S%. Reassigned to Lake Erie by the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night, Joonas Korpisalo is 6-7-2 in 15 appearances this season with two shutouts, a 2.36 GAA and a .917 S%. In his last AHL appearance, Korpisalo stopped 19 of the 22 pucks he faced in a 4-0 home loss to the Manitoba Moose on March 18th. He has not faced Rochester this season and is 2-2-2 in six home appearances with a 2.29 GAA and a .918 S%. February’s CCM/AHL Goaltender of the Month, Brad Thiessen, is 12-4-4 in 22 appearances for the Monsters this season with a team-leading three shutouts, a 1.95 GAA and a .929 S%. In his last appearance, Thiessen stopped 25 of the 26 pucks he faced in a 4-1 road win over Chicago on April 2nd. Thiessen has not faced Rochester this year and at home this season, Thiessen is 6-1-1 in nine appearances with one shutout, a 1.82 GAA and a .931 S%.
Andrey Makarov is 8-9-2 in 21 appearances this season with a 2.97 GAA and a .912 S%. In his last outing, Makarov stopped 33 of the 37 pucks he faced in a 5-2 home loss to the Grand Rapids Griffins on April 3rd. Makarov has not faced Lake Erie this season and is 2-7-0 in nine road appearances with a 3.79 GAA and a .896 S%. Nathan Lieuwen is 14-10-2 in 27 appearances for Rochester this season with two shutouts, a 2.90 GAA and a .910 S%. In his last appearance, Lieuwen stopped 29 of the 33 pucks he faced in a 4-3 home overtime loss to Lake Erie on April 9th. In two appearances vs. the Monsters this year, Lieuwen is 1-0-1 with a 3.44 GAA and a .901 S% and in 14 road appearances, Lieuwen is 8-4-1 with two shutouts, a 2.88 GAA and a .924 S% this year. In 26 appearances for the Amerks this season, Linus Ullmark is 10-14-0 with a 3.37 GAA and a .902 S%. In his last appearance, Ullmark stopped 23 of the 26 pucks he faced in a 3-1 home loss to Binghamton on April 8th. Ullmark is 0-1-0 in one appearance vs. Lake Erie this season with a 4.02 GAA and a .862 S% with those numbers stemming from a 25-save performance on 29 shots faced in a 5-2 road loss to the Monsters on February 25th. On the road this year, Ullmark is 4-8-0 in 12 appearances with a 3.97 GAA and a .894 S%.