I-71 Report: The Moves Continue
The Columbus Blue Jackets, the Cleveland Monsters’ NHL affiliate, currently sit in the number three slot in the NHL’s Metropolitan Division with a 23-16-3 record. The Jackets head home for a home/road back-to-back series against the Florida Panthers after their 2-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday.
Amidst injuries in Columbus, Monsters continue to see frequent interaction with the Blue Jackets this season.
Zac Dalpe became familiar with I-71 this month with multiple trips to and from Columbus. The Center made his Blue Jackets debut on Oct. 6 vs the New York Islanders and recorded 13 penalty minutes in 10 games this season. In 13 appearances for Cleveland, he contributed 2-7-9 with 21 penalty minutes and an even rating.
Jordan Schroeder made the trip up from Columbus this December and contributed a goal to the Monsters 5-4 OT win over the Iowa Wild. In 14 appearances for Columbus, LW Schroeder has tallied 4 penalty minutes and has a -5 rating.
Dean Kukan was selected on Thursday to represent the Cleveland Monsters in the AHL All-Star Classic on January 28-29. The defenseman has posted 1-11-12 and 18 penalty minutes in 27 games with the Monsters. Kukan also has 1 +9 rating in eight career NHL games with the Blue Jackets.
The Blue Jackets sent down G Joonas Korpisalo and recalled G Matiss Kivlenieks ahead of the Saturday, Jan. 6 match up in Rockford. Between the pipes against the IceHogs, Korpisalo stopped 37 of 40 shots in the 4-3 shootout loss, earning the Monsters a point on the road. In his last game with the Blue Jackets, Korpisalo saved 30 of the 35 shots on goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Dec. 31, 2017.
The Monsters continue their road trip on Jan. 10, 2018, facing the Milwaukee Admirals at 8 p.m. The team returns to Cleveland for two home games against Rockford before hitting the road again. On Jan. 19, 2018, the Monsters host Cleveland Cavaliers Tribute Night at the Q. Check out the full Monsters promotional schedule for tickets.
2018-01-06 Zac Dalpe (C) Cleveland DEL Recalled from loan by Columbus (NHL)
2018-01-06 Matiss Kivlenieks (G) Cleveland ADD Returned on loan from Columbus (NHL)
2018-01-06 Joonas Korpisalo (G) Cleveland DEL Recalled from loan by Columbus (NHL)
2018-01-06 Dean Kukan (D) Cleveland DEL Recalled from loan by Columbus (NHL)
2018-01-03 Sam Kurker (RW) Cleveland ADD Signed to PTO
2017-12-28 Gabriel Carlsson (D) Cleveland ADD Returned on loan from Columbus (NHL)
2017-12-26 Bobby MacIntyre (LW) Cleveland ADD Recalled from loan to Jacksonville (ECHL)
2017-12-26 Sonny Milano (LW) Cleveland DEL Recalled from loan by Columbus (NHL)
2017-12-26 Tyler Motte (LW) Cleveland DEL Recalled from loan by Columbus (NHL)
2017-12-26 Jordan Schroeder (LW) Cleveland DEL Recalled from loan by Columbus (NHL)
2017-12-23 Cameron Gaunce (D) Cleveland ADD Returned on loan from Columbus (NHL)
2017-12-12 Jacob Graves (D) Cleveland DEL Reassigned by Columbus (NHL) to Quad City (ECHL)
2017-12-09 Tyler Barnes (RW) Cleveland DEL Released from PTO
2017-12-07 Ivan Kulbakov (G) Cleveland ADD Recalled from loan to Quad City (ECHL)
2017-12-04 Terry Broadhurst (LW) Cleveland ADD Signed to PTO