Monsters Meet Chicago on the Road, Look to Continue Momentum
In the fifth 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 Chicago Wolves, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights, on Thursday with full coverage, live from Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL, underway at 8:00 pm on Alt 99.1 and the Monsters Hockey Network.
MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 3-1 road win over the Rockford IceHogs on Tuesday, the Cleveland Monsters enter today’s game at 16-25-4-3 on the season. With a .406 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 (11-23-34), C Alex Broadhurst (14-12-26), and LW Terry Broadhurst (9-12-21).
WOLVES PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of a 1-4 road loss to the Iowa Wild on Friday, the Chicago Wolves enter tonight’s game at 24-16-6-2 overall this season. With a .583 points percentage, the Wolves currently rank third in the AHL’s Central Division standings and fifth in the Western Conference. Chicago is led in scoring by C T.J. Tynan (9-29-38), C Brandon Pirri (18-16-34), and LW Teemu Pulkkinen (12-20-32).
SEASON SERIES: Thursday marks the fifth of eight games between the Monsters and Wolves this season and the third of four meetings between the two teams at Allstate Arena this year. Cleveland is 1-3-0-0 vs. Chicago overall this season with a -6 goal differential (7/13) and 0-2-0-0 vs. the Wolves on the road with a -4 goal differential (4/8).
|OVERALL:||27 GP, (9-13-2), 0 SO, 2.98 GAA, .895 SV%|
|LAST APPEARANCE:||(29/30) in 3-1 W at RFD (2/13/18)|
|HEAD-TO-HEAD:||3 GP, (1-1-0), 0 SO, 3.05 GAA, .910 SV%|
|ON THE ROAD:||13 GP, (3-7-1), 0 SO, .890 SV%|
|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)|
|ON THE ROAD:||3 GP, (0-2-0), 0 SO, .873 SV%|
|OVERALL:||24 GP, (12-10-2), 2 SO, 2.43 GAA, .911 SV%|
|LAST APPEARANCE:||(21/25) in 7-4 W vs RFD (2/3/18)|
|HEAD-TO-HEAD:||2 GP, (1-10), 0 SO, 2.01 GAA, .923 SV%|
|AT HOME:||13 GP, (9-3-1), 1 SO, .916 SV%|
|OVERALL:||1 GP, (0-0-1), 0 SO, 5.57 GAA, .833 SV%|
|LAST APPEARANCE:||(30/36) in 5-6 OTL at TEX (10/7/18)|
KEYS TO SUCCESS:
- HOSTILE TERRITORY: The Monsters will have their hands full on Thursday in their quest to end the longest home winning streak in the AHL this season, a 12-game stretch of victories at home for the Wolves that is ongoing.
- FAMILIAR FACE: Cleveland will need to neutralize one of their former stars on Thursday as they face down a 2016 Calder Cup Champion with the Monsters, T.J. Tynan, who currently leads the Wolves in scoring with 38 PTS (9G, 29A) to his credit so far this season.
- CHICAGO’S OWN: Chicago-area native Alex Broadhurst is currently in the midst of a three-game goal streak (3G), tied for the AHL’s longest such active streak. Broadhurst is also scoring at a point-per-game pace in his past seven games (6-1-7) and is currently riding a three game point streak (3-1-4).