Monsters Take on Roadrunners in Sunday Rematch
In the fourth of four meetings between the two teams this season, the Cleveland Monsters, proud affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, drop the puck vs. the Tucson Roadrunners, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes, on Sunday with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 3:00 pm on Alt 99.1 and the Monsters Hockey Network.
MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 1-5 home loss to the Tucson Roadrunners on Friday, the Cleveland Monsters enter today’s game at 18-29-4-3 on the season. With a .398 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 Alex Broadhurst (15-16-31), LW Terry Broadhurst (12-14-26), and C Zac Dalpe (9-14-23).
ROADRUNNERS PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of a 5-1 road win over the Monsters on Friday, the Roadrunners enter tonight’s game at 30-17-3-1 overall this season. With a .627 points percentage, the Roadrunners currently rank first in the AHL’s Pacific Division standings and second in the Western Conference. Tucson is led in scoring by C Dylan Strome (21-27-48), C Carter Camper (13-34-47), and RW Nick Merkley (18-18-36).
SEASON SERIES: Sunday marks the fourth of four meetings between the Monsters and Roadrunners this season and the second of two matchups between these two teams at The Q this year. Head-to-head vs. Tucson, Cleveland is 1-1-1-0 overall this season with a -4 goal differential (5/9) and the Monsters are 0-1-0-0 vs. Tucson at home this season with a -4 goal differential (1/5).
|OVERALL:||32 GP, (10-16-2), 0 SO, 3.08 GAA, .891 SV%|
|LAST APPEARANCE:||(6/7) in 29:37 of relief in 1-5 L vs TUC (3/2/18)|
|HEAD-TO-HEAD:||2 GP, (1-0-0), 0 SO, 1.28 GAA, .929 SV%|
|AT HOME:||16 GP, (6-7-1), 0 SO, .893 SV%|
|OVERALL:||6 GP, (1-3-1), 1 SO, 3.93 GAA, .854 SV%|
|LAST APPEARANCE:||(12/16) in first 30:23 OF 1-5 L vs TUC (3/2/18)|
|HEAD-TO-HEAD:||1 GP (0-1-0), 0 SO, 7.90 GAA, .750 SV%|
|AT HOME:||5 GP, (0-3-1), 0 SO, .813 SV%|
|OVERALL:||26 GP, (14-10-2), 2 SO, 2.39 GAA, .911 SV%|
|LAST APPEARANCE:||(24/25) in 5-1 W at CLE (3/2/18)|
|HEAD-TO-HEAD:||2 GP, (1-0-1), 0 SO, 1.45 GAA, .944 SV%|
|ON THE ROAD:||12 GP, (9-3-0), 1 SO, .931 SV%|
|OVERALL:||26 GP, (15-7-0), 2 SO, 2.39 GAA, .911 SV%|
|LAST APPEARANCE:||(19/22) in 2-3 L at GR (2/28/18)|
|HEAD-TO-HEAD:||1 GP, (1-0-0), 0 SO, 1.95 GAA, .913 SV%|
|ON THE ROAD:||13 GP, (8-3-0), 0 SO, .911 SV%|
KEYS TO SUCCESS:
- STOP STROME: Cleveland will need to neutralize Tucson’s top scorer, C Dylan Strome, on Sunday as Strome’s 48 points rank in the AHL’s top-ten (T7th) and Strome ranks in the AHL’s top-five among rookies in goals (21, T2nd), assists (27, 4th), points (48, 2nd), power-play goals (8, T4th), power-play assists (14, 3rd), and power-play points (22, T1st).
- MANAGE MERKLEY: Roadrunners RW Nick Merkley currently ranks in the AHL’s top-five in power-play goals (11, T2nd) and shooting percentage (24.3%, 4th), and ranks in the league’s top-ten among rookies in game-winning goals (5, T3rd), power-play goals (11, 1st), shooting percentage (24.3%, 1st), points (38, 10th), and power-play points (18, 3rd).
- WIN THE FIRST 40: Cleveland is just 1-24-0-1 this season when trailing through two periods of play and that fact, when combined with the fact that Tucson is 16-1-0-1 when leading through two periods this year, makes clear that the Monsters will need to do all they can to hold an advantage entering the third period in Sunday’s matchup.