Monsters Return to The Q for College ID Night
In the tenth of 12 meetings between the two teams this season, the Cleveland Monsters, proud affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, drop the puck vs. the Grand Rapids Griffins, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings, on Tuesday with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 7:00 pm on 99X and the Monsters Hockey Network.
MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 1-6 road loss to the Charlotte Checkers on Saturday, the Cleveland Monsters enter tonight’s game at 24-23-3-4 on the season. With a .509 points percentage, the Monsters currently rank sixth in the AHL’s Central Division standings and 11th in the Western Conference standings. Cleveland is led in scoring by C T.J. Tynan (7-23-30), Oliver Bjorkstrand (14-12-26) and LW Sonny Milano (11-15-26).
GRIFFINS PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of a 6-2 home win over the Milwaukee Admirals on Saturday, the Grand Rapids Griffins enter tonight’s game at 35-15-1-2 overall this season. With a .689 points percentage, the Griffins currently rank alone in first place in the AHL’s Central Division standings and second in the Western Conference. Grand Rapids is led in scoring by C Matt Lorito (16-28-44), C Ben Street (17-24-41) and RW Martin Frk (20-19-39).
SEASON SERIES: Tuesday marks the tenth of 12 head-to-head meetings between the Monsters and Griffins this season and the fifth of six meetings between the two teams at The Q in the 2016-17 season. The Monsters are currently 3-5-0-1 vs. Grand Rapids overall this season with a -8 goal differential (23/31) and are 2-2-0-0 vs. the Griffins at home with an even goal differential (11/11).
KEYS TO SUCCESS:
- SCORE FIRST: The Monsters would be wise to claim an early lead on Tuesday, as Grand Rapids is 28-3-1-1 when scoring the first goal of games this season.
- SPECIALTY TEAMS SHOWDOWN: Tuesday’s game features a compelling duel between the Monsters’ top-ranked home penalty kill (89.3%, 1st) and Grand Rapids’ top-ranked road power-play (27.5%, 1st).
- FINAL COUNTDOWN: The third period will likely be critical on Tuesday and while the final stanza is Cleveland’s worst this year (-22 goal differential, 31/53), it’s the Griffins’ best frame by the numbers (+27, 69/42).
|Anton Forsberg||OVERALL:||33 GP, (15-12-3), 2 SO, 2.29 GAA, .926 S%|
|LAST APPEARANCE:||(19/21) in 37:36 of relief in 1-6 L at CHA (2/25/17)|
|HEAD-TO-HEAD:||7 GP, (2-3-1), 1 SO, 3.08 GAA, .918 S%|
|AT HOME:||14 GP, (7-6-0), 1 SO, .924 S%|
|Brad Thiessen||OVERALL:||8 GP, (2-5-1), 1 SO, 2.59 GAA, .912 S%|
|LAST APPEARANCE:||(7/11) in first 22:24 of 1-6 L at CHA (2/25/17)|
|AT HOME:||3 GP, (1-1-1), 1 SO, .963 S%|
|Eddie Pasquale||OVERALL:||22 GP, (13-5-3), 3 SO, 2.26 GAA, .922 S%|
|LAST APPEARANCE:||(18/18) in 6-0 W vs SA (2/18/17)|
|HEAD-TO-HEAD:||6 GP, (3-1-2), 0 SO, 2.62 GAA, .901 S%|
|ON THE ROAD:||11 GP, (6-4-1), 1 SO, .924 S%|
|Cal Heeter||OVERALL:||11 GP, (9-2-0), 1 SO, 2.08 GAA, .934 S%|
|LAST APPEARANCE:||(32/33) in 5-1 W vs SA (2/17/17)|
|HEAD-TO-HEAD:||1 GP, (1-0-0), 1 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 S%|
|ON THE ROAD:||4 GP, (4-0-0), 0 SO, .940 S%|