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Monsters Meet Checkers in Pivotal Matchup at The Q

In the eighth 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 Charlotte Checkers, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes, on Thursday with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 7:00 pm on 99X and the Monsters Hockey Network.

MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 3-2 home overtime win over the Charlotte Checkers on Tuesday, the Cleveland Monsters enter tonight’s game at 33-27-3-4 on the season. With a .545 points percentage, the Monsters currently rank fourth in the AHL’s Central Division standings and eighth in the Western Conference standings. Cleveland is led in scoring by LW Sonny Milano (16-22-38), C T.J. Tynan (10-25-35) and LW Markus Hannikainen (16-13-29).

CHECKERS PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of a 2-3 road overtime loss to the Monsters on Tuesday, the Checkers enter tonight’s game at 33-28-5-0 overall this season. With a .538 points percentage, the Checkers currently rank alone in fifth place in the AHL’s Central Division standings and ninth in the Western Conference. Charlotte is led in scoring by C Andrew Poturalski (16-32-48), C Lucas Wallmark (23-19-42) and RW Valentin Zykov (15-15-30).

SEASON SERIES: Thursday marks the eighth of eight head-to-head meetings between the Monsters and Checkers this season and the fourth of four meetings between the two teams at The Q in the 2016-17 season. The Monsters are currently 3-2-1-1 vs. Charlotte overall this season with a -5 goal differential (20/25) and are 3-0-0-0 vs. the Checkers at home with a +4 goal differential (10/6).

KEYS TO SUCCESS:

  • POWER SURGE: For the first time since early December, the Monsters posted three power-play goals in a game, relying solely on the extra-man unit for production in Cleveland’s 3-2 home overtime victory over the Checkers on Tuesday.
  • FORMER CHECKER: Monsters C Zac Dalpe was the hero for Cleveland on Tuesday, posting the overtime game-winner and an assist in the Monsters’ 3-2 overtime victory over Dalpe’s former team, the Charlotte Checkers.
  • PICKING UP STEAM: With their 3-2 home overtime victory over the Checkers on Tuesday, the Monsters pushed their season’s longest winning streak to six games. The Monsters’ win streak, and the team’s matching six-game point streak, currently rank as the AHL’s longest such active streaks of their kinds.

MONSTERS GOALTENDERS

Anton Forsberg OVERALL:      44 GP, (23-15-3), 3 SO, 2.28 GAA, .926 S%
  LAST APPEARANCE:      (21/23) in 3-2 W vs CHA (3/28/17)
  HEAD-TO-HEAD:      5 GP, (2-0-2), 0 SO, 2.73 GAA, .895 S%
  AT HOME:      21 GP, (13-7-0), 2 SO, .930 S%

 

Brad Thiessen OVERALL:      10 GP, (3-6-1), 1 SO, 2.86 GAA, .912 S%
  LAST APPEARANCE:      (45/46) in 2-1 SOW vs CHI (3/22/17)
  HEAD-TO-HEAD:      2 GP, (0-2-0), 0 SO, 5.88 GAA, .814 S%
  AT HOME:      4 GP, (2-1-1), 1 SO, .969 S%

 

CHECKERS GOALTENDERS

Tom McCollum OVERALL:      9 GP, (7-1-1), 1 SO, 1.95 GAA, .932 S%
  LAST APPEARANCE:      (16/19) in 2-3 OTL at CLE (3/28/17)
  HEAD-TO-HEAD:      1 GP, (0-0-1), 0 SO, 2.89 GAA, .842 S%
  ON THE ROAD:      2 GP, (1-0-1), 0 SO, .942 S%

 

Daniel Altshuller OVERALL:      14 GP, (6-5-0), 0 SO, 3.05 GAA, .901 S%
  LAST APPEARANCE:      (35/38) in 4-3 W at MB (3/9/17)
  HEAD-TO-HEAD:      1 GP, (1-0-0), 0 SO, 1.00 GAA, .963 S%
  ON THE ROAD:      5 GP, (2-2-0), 0 SO, .906 S%