Monsters Ready for Another Road Match in Milwaukee
In the sixth 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 Wednesday with full coverage, live from UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, underway at 8:00 pm on Alt 99.1 and the Monsters Hockey Network.
MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 1-4 road loss to the Iowa Wild on Sunday, the Cleveland Monsters enter tonight’s game at 10-17-3-3 on the season. With a .406 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 (7-15-22), RW Miles Koules (8-6-14), and C Alex Broadhurst (6-8-14).
ADMIRALS PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of a 5-4 road shootout win vs. the Rockford IceHogs on Sunday, the Milwaukee Admirals enter tonight’s game at 18-13-4-0 overall this season. With a .571 points percentage, the Admirals currently rank third in the AHL’s Central Division standings and sixth in the Western Conference. Milwaukee is led in scoring by RW Bobby Butler (16-12-28), C Emil Pettersson (8-19-27), and LW Harry Holnierczyk (13-10-23).
SEASON SERIES: Wednesday marks the sixth of eight games between the Monsters and Admirals this season and the second of four meetings between the two teams at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena this year. Cleveland is 2-2-0-1 vs. Milwaukee overall this season with a -2 goal differential (15/17). On the road vs. the Admirals, the Monsters are 0-0-0-1 this season with a -1 goal differential (2/3).
|OVERALL:||3 GP, (1-1-1), 0 SO, 2.29 GAA, .927 SV%|
|LAST APPEARANCE:||(37/40) in 3-4 SOL at RFD (1/6/18)|
|HEAD-TO-HEAD:||1 GP, (1-0-0), 0 SO, 1.00 GAA, .970 SV%|
|ON THE ROAD:||1 GP, (0-0-1), 0 SO, 2.77 GAA, .925 SV%|
|OVERALL:||6 GP, (0-4-0), 0 SO, 4.02 GAA, .868 SV%|
|LAST APPEARANCE:||(12/14) in 38:18 of relief in 3-5 L at CHI (1/3/18)|
|HEAD-TO-HEAD:||1 GP, (0-0-0), 0 SO, 9.00 GAA, .667 SV%|
|ON THE ROAD:||3 GP, (0-2-0), 0 SO, .873 SV%|
|OVERALL:||26 GP, (17-6-3), 1 SO, 2.58 GAA, .920 SV%|
|LAST APPEARANCE:||(39/43) in 4-5 SOL at RFD (1/7/18)|
|HEAD-TO-HEAD:||3 GP, (3-0-0), 0 SO, 2.27 GAA, .934 SV%|
|AT HOME:||14 GP, (7-5-2), 1 SO, .918 SV%|
|OVERALL:||1 GP, (0-1-0), 0 SO, 3.07 GAA, .919 SV%|
|LAST APPEARANCE:||(34/37) in 2-4 L at CHI (12/17/17)|
KEYS TO SUCCESS:
- WELCOME BACK KORPI: The Monsters will be aided on Wednesday by the arrival of Blue Jackets backup goaltender Joonas Korpisalo, a Calder Cup Champion with Cleveland in 2016. In three appearances for the Monsters this season, Korpisalo is 1-1-1 with a 2.29 GAA and a .927 SV% and vs. Milwaukee this season, Korpisalo is 1-0-0 in one appearance with a 1.00 GAA and a.970 SV% with those numbers stemming from a 32-save performance in a 3-2 Cleveland home win vs. the Admirals on November 18th.
- LIGHT UP LINDBACK: The Monsters will need to do their best to neutralize Milwaukee net-minder Anders Lindback on Wednesday. So far this season, Lindback leads the league in wins (17, T1st), minutes played (1581:45, 1st), total saves (777, 1st), and shootout wins (4, 1st), and ranks in the AHL’s top-20 in goals-against average (2.58, 17th).
- AVOID THE SHOOTOUT: Cleveland would do well to avoid a shootout vs. the Admirals on Wednesday as the Monsters have yet to score a single shootout goal in three shootout games contested this year, while Milwaukee is 5-0 in shootouts, the Admirals rank third league-wide with a 71.4% shootout conversion rate, and Milwaukee RW Justin Kirkland leads the AHL with four shootout goals to his credit this season.