Monsters Meet Moose in a Two Game Home Series
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 Manitoba Moose, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets, on Friday with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 7:00 pm on Alt 99.1 and the Monsters Hockey Network.
MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 3-6 home loss to the Grand Rapids Griffins on Sunday, the Cleveland Monsters enter tonight’s game at 14-24-4-3 on the season. With a .389 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 (9-23-32), C Alex Broadhurst (11-11-22), and C Zac Dalpe (7-12-19).
MOOSE PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of a 4-2 road win over the Grand Rapids Griffins on Wednesday, the Manitoba Moose enter tonight’s game at 31-11-3-3 overall this season. With a .708 points percentage, the Moose currently rank first in the AHL’s Central Division standings and first in the Western Conference. Manitoba is led in scoring by C Mason Appleton (16-29-45), C Nic Petan (12-29-41), and RW Buddy Robinson (21-19-40).
SEASON SERIES: Friday marks the fifth of eight games between the Monsters and Moose this season and the first of four meetings between the two teams at The Q this year. Cleveland is 1-3-0-0 vs. Manitoba overall this season with a -12 goal differential (6/18).
|OVERALL:||25 GP, (7-13-2), 0 SO, 3.14 GAA, .890 SV%|
|LAST APPEARANCE:||(3/3) in 5:23 of relief in 3-6 L vs GR (2/4/18)|
|HEAD-TO-HEAD:||3 GP, (0-2-0), 0 SO, 3.83 GAA, .877 SV%|
|AT HOME:||13 GP, (5-6-1), 0 SO, .897 SV%|
|OVERALL:||6 GP, (2-3-1), 0 SO, 2.00 GAA, .936 SV%|
|LAST APPEARANCE:||(23/26) in 1-3 L vs IA (1/27/18)|
|AT HOME:||3 GP, (1-2-0), 0 SO, .915 SV%|
|ON THE ROAD:||N/A|
|OVERALL:||3 GP, (1-1-0), 0 SO, 2.24 GAA, .932 SV%|
|LAST APPEARANCE:||(27/31) in 1-5 L vs TEX (1/20/18)|
|ON THE ROAD:||N/A|
KEYS TO SUCCESS:
- KORPI’S COMING: The Monsters will receive a major boost on Friday in the form of goaltender Joonas Korpisalo, assigned to Cleveland by the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday. Columbus’ full-time backup this season, Korpisalo posted a 5-5-0 record in 11 NHL appearances this season and added a 2-3-1 record in six appearances in Cleveland this year. Longtime Monsters fans will remember Korpisalo’s efforts during the 2015-16 AHL season, when he helped the Monsters claim the 2016 Calder Cup as AHL Playoff Champions.
- MARVELOUS MASON: Manitoba’s leading scorer, C Mason Appleton, currently leads the AHL in points (45, T1st), and ranks second league-wide with six game-winning goals this season. Appleton is also among the AHL rookie leaders in points (45, 1st), plus/minus rating (+19, T3rd), game-winning goals (6, 1st), shots (127, 2nd), assists (29, 1st), and power-play points (16, 4th). Needless to say, Cleveland will need to do their best to neutralize Appleton on Friday night.
- RUN THEM RAGGED: The Monsters will need to control the pace on Friday as they’re squaring off against a Moose team in the home stretch of a season-long nine-game road trip. While Manitoba is 5-1-0-1 spanning the first seven games of the team’s marathon trek, Cleveland, a well-rested team that hasn’t played since last Sunday, will need to test the conditioning and endurance of Manitoba throughout Friday’s game to give themselves the best chance to win.