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Monsters Look to Even the Score Against Laval

In the second of eight meetings between the two teams this season, the Cleveland Monsters, affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, drop the puck vs. the Laval Rocket, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Montreal Canadians, on Saturday with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 7:00 pm on Alt 99.1, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.

MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 1-5 home loss to the Laval Rocket on Friday, the Cleveland Monsters enter tonight’s game at 7-6-1-0 on the season. With 15 points, the Monsters currently rank second in the AHL’s North Division standings and sixth in the Eastern Conference. Cleveland is led in scoring by C Zac Dalpe (12-7-19), LW Eric Robinson (5-6-11) and LW Paul Bittner (2-9-11).

ROCKET PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of a 5-1 road win over the Monsters on Friday, the Laval Rocket enter tonight’s game at 6-7-1-0 on the season. With 13 points, the Rocket currently rank fourth in the AHL’s North Division standings and ninth in the Eastern Conference. Laval is led in scoring by C Alex Belzile (1-10-11), C Jake Evans (5-4-9) and C Byron Froese (3-5-8).

SEASON SERIES: Friday marks the second of eight meetings between the Monsters and Rocket this season and the second of four meetings between the two teams at Quicken Loans Arena this year. Cleveland is 0-1-0-0 vs. Laval both overall and at home this year with a -4 goal differential (1/5).

MONSTERS GOALTENDERS

35 J-F Berbe
 OVERALL:      9 GP, (3-5-1), 0 SO, 3.57 GAA, .889 S%
LAST APPEARANCE:     

(34/39) in 2-5 L at ROC 11/7/18

HEAD-TO-HEAD:     

N/A

AT HOME:     

4 GP, (1-3-0), 0 SO, .900 S%

 

39 Brad Thiessen
OVERALL:      2 GP, (2-0-0), 0 SO, 1.99 GAA, .935 S%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (14/15) in 30:25 of relief in 7-6 SOW vs TOR 11/2/18
HEAD-TO-HEAD: N/A
AT HOME:     

2 GP, (2-0-0), 0 SO, 1.99 GAA, .935 S%

 

80 Matiss Kivlenieks
OVERALL:     

4 GP, (2-1-0), 1 SO, 3.08 GAA, .887 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:      (19/24) in 1-5 L vs LAV 11/9/18
HEAD-TO-HEAD: 1 GP, (0-1-0), 0 SO, 5.00 GAA, .792 S%
AT HOME:      2 GP, (0-1-0), 0 SO, .756 S%

 

ROCKET GOALTENDERS

35 Charlie Lindgren
OVERALL:     

11 GP, (5-5-1), 0 SO, 2.40 GAA, .892 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

(31/32) in 5-1 W at CLE 11/9/18

HEAD-TO-HEAD:     

1 GP, (1-0-0), 0 SO, 1.00 GAA, .969 S%

ON THE ROAD:     

6 GP, (3-2-1), 0 SO, .911 S%

 

40 Michael McNiven
OVERALL:     

5 GP, (1-2-0), 0 SO, 2.38 GAA, .880 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

(14/17) in first 28:21 of 4-3 W at UTI 11/7/18

HEAD-TO-HEAD:     

N/A

ON THE ROAD:     

1 GP, (0-0-0), 0 SO, 6.35 GAA, .824 S%

 

KEYS TO SUCCESS:

  • IT’S ALWAYS SONNY: Cleveland LW Sonny Milano is currently riding a two-game goal-scoring streak (2-0-2).
  • CONSISTENT CONTRIBUTIONS: Monsters LW Paul Bittner has five points to his credit (1-4-5) in his past five games and Cleveland captain Nathan Gerbe also posted 1-4-5 in his past four appearances.
  • DEFENSIVE FOCUS: The Monsters are in need of some improved defense as of late as Cleveland has allowed at least five goals in each of the team’s past four games. During that span, the Monsters are 1-3-0 with a -12 goal differential (13/25).