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Monsters Look to Sink Admirals in Milwaukee

In the fifth 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 Tuesday with full coverage, live from UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena in Milwaukee, WI, underway at 8:00 pm on 99X and the Monsters Hockey Network.

 

MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 0-5 road loss to the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday, the Cleveland Monsters enter tonight’s game at 18-16-1-3 on the season. With a .526 points percentage, the Monsters currently rank fourth in the AHL’s Central Division standings and tenth in the Western Conference standings. Cleveland is led in scoring by C T.J. Tynan (4-20-24), C Alex Broadhurst (8-13-21) and LW Sonny Milano (9-11-20).

ADMIRALS PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of a 1-5 road loss to the Chicago Wolves on Sunday, the Milwaukee Admirals enter tonight’s game at 23-13-2-2 overall this season. With a .625 points percentage, the Ads currently rank alone in second place in the AHL’s Central Division standings and fourth in the Western Conference. Milwaukee is led in scoring by C Vladislav Kamenev (9-17-26), LW Matt White (9-7-26) and C Trevor Smith (11-11-22).

SEASON SERIES: Tuesday marks the fifth of eight head-to-head meetings between the Monsters and Admirals this season and the first of four meetings between the two teams at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena in the 2016-17 season. The Monsters are currently 1-2-1-0 vs. Milwaukee overall this season with a -2 goal differential (6/8).

KEYS TO SUCCESS:

  • DON’T FALL BEHIND: The Monsters would be wise to build a lead in the early going on Tuesday, as Milwaukee is 14-0-0-1 when leading after one period and 13-0-1-0 when leading after two periods this season.
  • HEAD-TO-HEAD HEROES: Cleveland D Blake Siebenaler is scoring at a point-per-game pace vs. the Admirals this season (2 GP, 1-1-2) and Milwaukee C Vladislav Kamenev has produced in similar fashion for the Admirals vs. the Monsters this year (4 GP, 1-3-4).
  • STAY DISCIPLINED: The Monsters would be smart on Tuesday to not take the bait from Milwaukee’s two instigators, LW Mike Liambas and D Jimmy Oligny. Oligny’s 87 penalty minutes and 26 minor penalties each rank second-most league-wide this season and Liambas currently ranks fourth in the AHL with 23 minor penalties and is currently in the midst of a six-game penalty minute streak (16 PIM), tied for the league’s longest active streak and tied for the third-longest streak of its kind in the AHL this year.

MONSTERS GOALTENDERS

Anton Forsberg OVERALL:      23 GP, (12-8-2), 1 SO, 2.22 GAA, .928 S%
  LAST APPEARANCE:      (26/31) in 0-5 L at GR (1/21/17)
  HEAD-TO-HEAD:      2 GP, (0-2-0), 0 SO, 2.56 GAA, .912 S%
  ON THE ROAD:      12 GP, (5-4-2), 0 SO, .925 S%
Brad Thiessen OVERALL:      4 GP, (1-3-0), 1 SO, 2.55 GAA, .919 S%
  LAST APPEARANCE:      (32/32) in 2-0 W vs RFD (1/20/17)
  HEAD-TO-HEAD:      N/A
  ON THE ROAD:      2 GP, (0-2-0), 0 SO, .879 S%

 

ADMIRALS GOALTENDERS

Marek Mazanec OVERALL:      19 GP, (10-8-1), 2 SO, 2.53 GAA, .914 S%
  LAST APPEARANCE:      (27/32) in 1-5 L at CHI (1/22/17)
  HEAD-TO-HEAD:      2 GP, (1-1-0), 0 SO, 2.01 GAA, .926 S%
  AT HOME:      5 GP, (2-2-1), 0 SO, .882 S%
Jonas Gunnarsson OVERALL:      7 GP, (2-3-2), 1 SO, 3.52 GAA, .876 S%
  LAST APPEARANCE:      (30/35) in 1-5 L vs CHA (1/10/17)
  HEAD-TO-HEAD:      N/A
  AT HOME:      5 GP, (2-2-1), 1 SO, .887 S%