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Monsters Return Home for an Admirals Matchup

In the first 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 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 2-3 road shootout loss to the Iowa Wild on Sunday, the Cleveland Monsters enter tonight’s game at 5-4-2-1 on the season. With a .542 points percentage, the Monsters currently rank third in the AHL’s Central Division standings and sixth in the Western Conference standings. Cleveland is led in scoring by LW Tyler Motte (5-2-7), C Carter Camper (3-3-6), and C Calvin Thurkauf (4-1-5).

ADMIRALS PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of a 3-2 road win over the Chicago Wolves on Sunday, the Milwaukee Admirals enter tonight’s game at 8-5-0-0 overall this season. With a .615 points percentage, the Admirals currently rank second in the AHL’s Central Division standings and fifth in the Western Conference. Milwaukee is led in scoring by C Emil Pettersson (4-9-13), LW Harry Zolnierczyk (5-5-10), and RW Tyler Kelleher (5-4-9).

SEASON SERIES: Thursday marks the first of eight meetings between the Monsters and Admirals this season and the first of four meetings between the two teams at The Q. Last season vs. Milwaukee, Cleveland posted a 5-2-1-0 vs. the Admirals overall with a +7 overall goal differential (21/14) and at home the Monsters notched a 1-2-1-0 record vs. Milwaukee with a -2 goal differential (6/8).

 

MONSTERS GOALTENDERS

Brad Thiessen
 OVERALL:      7 GP, (4-1-2), 0 SO, 2.55 GAA, .900 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (24/26) in 2-3 SOL at IA (11/12/17)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      N/A
AT HOME:      4 GP, (3-1-0), 0 SO, .899 SV%

 

Matiss Kivlenieks
OVERALL:      5 GP, (1-3-1), 0 SO, 2.56 GAA, .900 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (21/27) in 1-6 L vs IA (11/11/17)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      N/A
AT HOME:      2 GP, (0-1-), 0 SO, .915 S%

ADMIRALS GOALTENDERS

Anders Lindback
OVERALL:      11 GP, (8-3-0), 1 SO, 2.46 GAA, .918 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (27/29) in 3-2 W vs CHI (11/12/17)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      N/A
ON THE ROAD:      6 GP, (5-1-), 0 SO, .910 SV%

 

Matt O'Connor
OVERALL:      2 GP, (0-2-0), 0 SO, 3.58 GAA, .891 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (36/38) in 1-2 L vs GR (11/5/17)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      N/A
ON THE ROAD:      1 GP, (0-1-0), 0 SO, 2.06 GAA, .947 SV%

 

KEYS TO SUCCESS:

  • PLUG IN THE POWER PLAY: The Monsters really need to get their power-play rolling as the team currently ranks dead last in the AHL in overall power-play percentage (9.8%, 30th) and 27th in home power-play percentage (10.0%).
  • OH SAY CAN JUUSE: The Ads will be bolstered on Thursday by the return of Milwaukee’s top goaltender from last season, Juuse Saros. This season, Saros has appeared in four NHL games as the Nashville Predators primary backup net-minder.
  • DEPTH OF SCORING: The Monsters need to continue to get contributions from their entire lineup, including players like rookie center Sam Vigneault, whose 28.6% shooting percentage currently ranks fifth-best among first-year AHL skaters.