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Monsters Look to Even the Score Against Iowa

In the seventh 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 Iowa Wild, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild, on Saturday with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 7:00 pm on FOX Sports Ohio, Alt 99.1, and the Monsters Hockey Network.

MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 3-4 home overtime loss to the Iowa Wild on Thursday, the Cleveland Monsters enter tonight’s game at 13-21-4-3 on the season. With a .402 points percentage, the Monsters currently rank seventh in the AHL’s Central Division standings and 15th in the Western Conference standings. Cleveland is led in scoring by C Carter Camper (8-21-29), C Alex Broadhurst (8-11-19), and RW Miles Koules (8-10-18).

WILD PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of a 4-3 road overtime win over the Monsters on Thursday, the Wild enter tonight’s game at 20-13-7-3 overall this season. With a .581 points percentage, the Wild currently rank third in the AHL’s Central Division standings and fifth in the Western Conference. Iowa is led in scoring by C Cal O’Reilly (8-28-36), RW Sam Anas (15-20-35), and F Justin Kloos (14-18-32).

SEASON SERIES: Saturday marks the seventh of eight games between the Monsters and Wild this season and the fourth of four meetings between the two teams at The Q this year. Cleveland is 1-3-1-1 vs. Iowa overall this season with a -12 goal differential (12/24). At home vs. the Wild, the Monsters are 1-1-1-0 this season with a -3 goal differential (8/11).

 

MONSTERS GOALTENDERS

Matiss Kivlenieks
OVERALL:      23 GP, (6-13-2), 0 SO, 3.22 GAA, .888 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (23/25) in 1-3 L at CHI (1/21/18)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      4 GP, (1-3-0), 0 SO, 3.55 GAA, .865 SV%
AT HOME:      11 GP, (4-6-1), 0 SO, .894 SV%

 

Joonas Korpisalo
 OVERALL:      5 GP, (2-2-1), 0 SO, 1.79 GAA, .944 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (35/36) in 2-1 W at GR (1/13/18)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      N/A
AT HOME:      2 GP, (1-1-0), 0 SO, .929 SV%

WILD GOALTENDERS

Niklas Svedberg
OVERALL:      21 GP, (10-8-3), 1 SO, 2.76 GAA, .911 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:   (35/38) in 4-3 W at CLE (1/25/18)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      2 GP, (2-0-0), 0 SO, 2.35 GAA, .924 SV%
ON THE ROAD:      9 GP, (4-4-1), 0 SO, .912 SV%

 

Steve Michalek
OVERALL:      16 GP, (9-3-4), 0 SO, 2.78 GAA, .915 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:   (23/27) in 3-4 OTL vs BAK (1/19/18)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      2 GP, (2-0-0), 0 SO, 1.00 GAA, .957 SV%
ON THE ROAD:      7 GP, (4-0-3), 0 SO, .915 SV%

KEYS TO SUCCESS:

  • BIG-LEAGUE REINFORCEMENTS: The Monsters will have some major-league help on Saturday in the form of LW Markus Hannikainen, G Joonas Korpisalo, and D Dean Kukan, all assigned to Cleveland by the Blue Jackets on Friday, as well as the aid of LW Tyler Motte, assigned to the Monsters by Columbus on Wednesday.
  • TERRIFIC TERRY: Monsters LW Terry Broadhurst is currently riding a five-game point streak with seven points (3G, 4A) to his credit over that span. In his past dozen games, Broadhurst is scoring at a better-than point per game pace (6-7-13), and the experienced winger is currently one point shy of 100 in his AHL career.
  • SHUT DOWN SAM: Iowa RW Sam Anas is on quite a tear as of late, notching points in each of his past eight games. Head-to-head vs. the Monsters this season, Anas has seven points (3G, 4A) to his credit in six meetings vs. Cleveland.