Monsters Square up for Second Matchup With Admirals
In the second 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 Saturday with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 7:00 pm on 99X and the Monsters Hockey Network.
MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 5-3 home win over the Milwaukee Admirals on Thursday, the Cleveland Monsters enter tonight’s game at 6-4-2-1 on the season. With a .577 points percentage, the Monsters currently rank second in the AHL’s Central Division standings and fifth in the Western Conference standings. Cleveland is led in scoring by C Carter Camper (4-5-9), LW Tyler Motte (5-2-7), and C Calvin Thurkauf (5-1-6).
ADMIRALS PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of a 3-5 road loss to the Monsters on Thursday, the Admirals enter tonight’s game at 8-6-0-0 overall this season. With a .571 points percentage, the Admirals currently rank third in the AHL’s Central Division standings and sixth 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: Saturday marks the second of eight meetings between the Monsters and Admirals this season and the second of four meetings between the two teams at The Q. So far this season, the Monsters are 1-0-0-0 vs. Milwaukee both overall and at home with a +2 goal differential (5/3) to their credit vs. the Admirals thus far.
|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)|
|AT HOME:||4 GP, (3-1-0), 0 SO, .899 SV%|
|OVERALL:||4 GP, (1-3-0), 0 SO, 3.28 GAA, .896 SV%|
|LAST APPEARANCE:||(24/26) in CBJ-NHL 1-3 L vs NAS-NHL (11/7/17)|
|OVERALL:||5 GP, (-0), 0 SO, 4.64 GAA, .891 SV%|
|LAST APPEARANCE:||(46/50) in NOR-ECHL 1-4 vs MAN-ECHL (11/3/17)|
|ON THE ROAD:||N/A|
|OVERALL:||1 GP, (0-1-0), 0 SO, 5.12 GAA, .833 SV%|
|LAST APPEARANCE:||(25/30) in 3-5 L at CLE (11/16/17)|
|HEAD-TO-HEAD:||1 GP, (0-1-0) 0 SO, 5.12 GAA, .833 SV%|
|ON THE ROAD:||1 GP, (0-1-0), 0 SO, 5.12 GAA, .833 SV%|
KEYS TO SUCCESS:
- MAJOR-LEAGUERS: On the same day Cleveland received veteran C Zac Dalpe on assignment from the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, the Jackets also assigned LW Sonny Milano, the Monsters’ leading scorer from a year ago, D Gabriel Carlsson, and G Joonas Korpisalo to Cleveland late Friday night.
- DON’T BACK DOWN: After a decisive 5-2 home win over the Admirals on Thursday, Cleveland needs to continue to press on Saturday night and avoid any sense of complacency as, even after Saturday’s rematch against Milwaukee, the Monsters’ next opponent will still be the Admirals, on the road the following Wednesday at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena.
- HOME COOKIN’: The Monsters will need to take full advantage of the team’s passionate home crowd on Saturday as Wednesday’s looming road clash vs. the Admirals represents Cleveland fifth road tilt in their past seven games. So far this season at The Q, the Monsters have amassed a 4-2-1-0 home record.