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Monsters Return to Chicago for a Sunday Matchup

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 Chicago Wolves, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights, on Sunday with full coverage, live from Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL, underway at 4:00 pm on Alt 99.1 and the Monsters Hockey Network.

MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 5-2 road win over the Rockford IceHogs on Saturday, the Cleveland Monsters enter today’s game at 17-26-4-3 on the season. With a .410 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 (11-26-37), C Alex Broadhurst (15-14-29), and LW Terry Broadhurst (12-12-24).

WOLVES PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of a 1-2 home loss to the San Antonio Rampage on Saturday, the Chicago Wolves enter today’s game at 25-17-6-2 overall this season. With a .580 points percentage, the Wolves currently rank fourth in the AHL’s Central Division standings and sixth in the Western Conference. Chicago is led in scoring by C T.J. Tynan (10-31-41), C Brandon Pirri (18-16-34), and LW Teemu Pulkkinen (13-21-34).

SEASON SERIES: Sunday marks the sixth of eight games between the Monsters and Wolves this season and the fourth of four meetings between the two teams at Allstate this year. Cleveland is 2-3-0-0 vs. Chicago overall this season with a -10 goal differential (10/20) and 0-3-0-0 vs. the Wolves on the road with a -5 goal differential (7/12).

 

MONSTERS GOALTENDERS

Matiss Kivlenieks
 OVERALL:      29 GP, (10-14-2), 0 SO, 2.99 GAA, .897 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (33/35) in 5-2 W at RFD (2/17/18)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      4 GP, (1-2-0), 0 SO, 3.37 GAA, .901 SV%
ON THE ROAD:     15 GP, (4-8-1), 0 SO, .894 SV%

 

Ivan Kulbakov
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:      2 GP, (0-2-0), 0 SO, 2.52 GAA, .911 SV%
ON THE ROAD: 3 GP, (0-2-0), 0 SO, .873 SV%

WOLVES GOALTENDERS

Kasimir Kaskisuo
OVERALL:      25 GP, (12-11-2) 2 SO, 2.42 GAA, .901 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (20/22) in 1-2 L vs SA (2/17/18)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      2 GP, (1-1-0), 0 SO, 2.01 GAA, .923 SV%
AT HOME:      14 GP, (10-3-1), 1 SO, .916 SV%

 

Oscar Dansk
OVERALL:      2 GP, (1-0-1) 0 SO, 4.33 GAA, .873 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (32/35) in 4-3 W vs CLE (2/15/18)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      1 GP, (1-0-0), 0 SO, 3.00 GAA, .914 SV%
AT HOME:      1 GP, (1-0-0), 0 SO, 3.00 GAA, .914 SV%

 

KEYS TO SUCCESS:

  • GERBE THE GREAT: Monsters forward Nathan Gerbe is currently in the midst of a four-game assists streak (6A), tied for the AHL’s third-longest such active streak. Gerbe is coring at a better than point per game pace vs. the Wolves this year (1 GP, 0-2-2) and has eight points to his credit (0-8-8) in his past eight games played.
  • DON’T FALL BEHIND: The Monsters would be best served on Sunday not to dig themselves a hole as the Wolves are 12-0-1-1 when leading through one period and 18-1-2-0 when leading through 40 minutes of play this season.
  • TERRIFIC TRIO: The Monsters’ second forward line has been tremendous lately, as C Carter Camper has six points (1G, 5A) in five appearances vs. Chicago this year, LW Jordan Schroeder is scoring at a point per game pace in his past three appearances (1-2-3), and C Nathan Gerbe has points in four consecutive games.