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Monsters Take on Rockford in a Road Battle

In the eighth 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 Rockford IceHogs, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks, on Saturday with full coverage, live from BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford, IL, underway at 7:00 pm on Alt 99.1 and the Monsters Hockey Network.

MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 3-4 road loss to the Chicago Wolves on Thursday, the Cleveland Monsters enter today’s game at 16-26-4-3 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 Carter Camper (11-26-37), C Alex Broadhurst (15-13-28), and LW Terry Broadhurst (11-12-23).

ICEHOGS PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of a 1-3 home loss to the Monsters on Tuesday, the Rockford IceHogs enter tonight’s game at 25-21-3-3 overall this season. With a .538 points percentage, the ‘Hogs currently rank sixth in the AHL’s Central Division standings and 12th in the Western Conference. Rockford is led in scoring by LW Matthew Highmore (20-12-32), C Anthony Louis (9-21-30), and LW Tomas Jurco (13-12-25).

SEASON SERIES: Saturday marks the eighth of eight games between the Monsters and IceHogs this season and the fourth of four meetings between the two teams at BMO Harris Bank Center this year. Cleveland is 4-2-0-1 vs. Rockford overall this season with a +1 goal differential (20/19) and 2-0-0-1 vs. the IceHogs on the road with a +4 goal differential (10/6).

MONSTERS GOALTENDERS

Matiss Kivlenieks
OVERALL:      28 GP, (9-14-2), 0 SO, 3.03 GAA, .895 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:  (29/33) in 3-4 L at CHI (2/15/18)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      4 GP, (3-1-0), 0 SO, 1.98 GAA, .940 SV%
ON THE ROAD:      14 GP, (3-8-1), 0 SO, .889 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:      N/A
ON THE ROAD:      3 GP, (0-2-0), 0 SO, .873 SV%

ICEHOGS GOALTENDERS

Jeff Glass
OVERALL:      18 GP, (10-4-2), 0 SO, 2.60 GAA, .917 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:   (31/33) in 3-2 SOW vs. GR (12/23/17)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      N/A
AT HOME:      13 GP, (7-3-1), 0 SO, .905 SV%

 

Collin Delia
OVERALL:      15 GP, (7-6-2), 0 SO, 3.06 GAA, .890 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:   (19/23) in 3-5 L vs MIL (2/9/18)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      3 GP, (1-1-1), 0 SO, 2.55 GAA, .907 SV%
AT HOME:      8 GP, (4-3-1), 0 SO, .915 SV%

KEYS TO SUCCESS:

  • BALLISTIC BROADHURSTS: Monsters forwards Terry and Alex Broadhurst are on an absolute tear as of late. Terry’s three-game goal streak (4G) currently ranks tied for the AHL’s second-longest such active streak, his three-game road goal streak (6G) is tied for the AHL’s longest such active streak, Terry’s four-game point streak (4-1-5) is active, and in his past 20 games, Terry has 10-11-22 to his credit. Terry’s younger brother Alex is simultaneously riding a four-game goal streak (4G), the league’s longest such active streak, has an active four-game point streak of his own (4-2-6), is scoring at a point per game pace in his last ten appearances (7-3-10), and leads all Monsters skaters in scoring in the season series vs. Rockford (7GP, 4-5-9).
  • STAY DISCIPLINED: The Monsters would do well to avoid taking penalties on Saturday, not because the IceHogs have a particularly strong power-play (13.1%, 30th), but because Rockford posts the league’s fewest penalty minutes per game this season (9.5 PIM/game, 30th).
  • SHOOTOUT SUCCESS: The IceHogs are one of the AHL’s best shootout teams this season, ranking in the league’s top-five in shootout percentage against (.200, 4th) and shootout wins (5, T4th), and Rockford G Jeff Glass’ .917 shootout save percentage leads all AHL net-minders this year.