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Monsters Meet Barracuda for First Time in Team History

In the first of four meetings between the two teams this season, the Cleveland Monsters, proud affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, drop the puck vs. the San Jose Barracuda, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s San Jose Sharks, on Saturday with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 1:00 pm on 99X and the Monsters Hockey Network.

MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 1-4 road loss to the Manitoba Moose on Sunday, the Cleveland Monsters enter tonight’s game at 1-2-0-0 on the season. With a .333 points percentage, the Monsters currently rank seventh in the AHL’s Central Division standings and 14th in the Western Conference standings. Cleveland is led in scoring by C Joe Pendenza (2-0-2), C Carter Camper (1-0-1), and C Calvin Thurkauf (1-0-1).

BARRACUDA PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of a 5-2 home win over the Stockton Heat on Wednesday, the San Jose Barracuda enter tonight’s game at 2-2-0-0 overall this season. With a .500 points percentage, the Barracuda currently rank tied for fourth in the AHL’s Pacific Division standings and tied for sixth in the Western Conference. San Jose is led in scoring by C Daniel O’Regan (4-2-6), LW Adam Helewka (1-5-6), and LW Brandon Mashinter (2-3-5).

SEASON SERIES: Saturday marks the first of four head-to-head meetings between the Monsters and Barracuda this season and the first of two meetings between the two teams at The Q in the 2017-18 season. The two teams will face each other for the first time in each team’s franchise history on Saturday in Cleveland.

KEYS TO SUCCESS:

  • REINFORCEMENTS: Jordan Schroeder, a former 1st round pick and experienced NHL center currently on conditioning loan to the Monsters from the Blue Jackets, will make his Q debut on Saturday, while promising rookie center Sam Vigneault and fan-favorite and Calder Cup Champion Markus Hannikainen will make their Monsters season debuts vs. the Barracuda.
  • QUICK START: Given the 1 pm start time, the Monsters would be wise to get out to a fast start in the first period on Saturday. If Cleveland scores a goal in the opening frame vs. San Jose, it’ll be the first time all season that they’ve accomplished that feat.
  • GET CHARGED UP: Cleveland would do well to take advantage of their power-play chances on Saturday, as the team is just one for their first 17 with the extra man this season (5.9%) and is facing a Barracuda penalty kill that is among the AHL’s least-effective in the early going this year, having allowed five power-play goals on 20 opportunities (75.0%) so far in 2017-18.

MONSTERS GOALTENDERS

Brad Thiessen
 OVERALL:      2 GP, (1-1-0), 0 SO, 3.06 GAA, .880 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (26/29) in 4-3 W at MB (10/13/17)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      N/A
AT HOME:      1 GP, (0-1-0), 0 SO, 3.13 GAA, .857 SV%

 

OVERALL:      1 GP, (0-1-0), 0 SO, 3.13 GAA, .912 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:     
(31/34) in 1-4 L at MB (10/15/17)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      N/A
AT HOME:      N/A

BARRACUDA GOALTENDERS

Troy Grosenick
OVERALL:     
3 GP, (2-1-0), 0 SO, 4.14 GAA, .861 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (28/30) in 5-2 W vs STK (10/18/17)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      N/A
ON THE ROAD:      1 GP, (1-0-0), 0 SO, 4.01 GAA, .852 SV%

 

Antoine Bibeau   
OVERALL:     
 2 GP, (0-1-0), 0 SO, 3.79 GAA, .884 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (35/38) in 2-3 L vs SA (10/14/17)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      N/A
ON THE ROAD:      N/A