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Monsters Open Season Against IceHogs

In the first 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 The Q, underway at 7:00 pm on 99X and the Monsters Hockey Network.

MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Last season the Monsters posted a 39-29-4-4 overall record, finishing with 86 points and a .566 points percentage, good for fifth place in the AHL’s Central Division standings and ninth place in the Western Conference. The Monsters’ top three returning scorers from 2016-17 are D Dean Kukan (4-25-29), C Alex Broadhurst (11-14-25), and D John Ramage (4-21-25).

ICEHOGS PRE-SCOUT: Last season the IceHogs posted a 25-39-9-3 overall record, finishing with 62 points and a .408 points percentage, good for eighth place in the AHL’s Central Division standings and 15th place in the Western Conference. The IceHogs’ top three returning scorers from 2016-17 are D Ville Pokka (6-24-30), D Erik Gustafsson (5-25-30), and C Luke Johnson (8-9-17).

SEASON SERIES: Saturday marks the first of eight meetings between the Monsters and IceHogs this season and the first of four meetings between the two teams at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Last season, the Monsters posted a 4-4-0-0 record vs. the IceHogs overall and a 3-1-0-0 mark vs. Rockford at home. Cleveland boasted a +4 goal differential (7/3) vs. the IceHogs at home last season and a -3 goal differential (15/18) vs. Rockford overall last year.

KEYS TO SUCCESS:

  • REMEMBER: Despite missing out on the playoffs by a single standings point last year, the Monsters finished the 2016-17 regular season with a 13-1-1 record in their final 15 games and will look to channel that past success into productive hockey from the outset in the 2017-18 campaign.
  • BIG STAGE: The Monsters’ 2017-18 opening night roster features 11 rookie skaters who will look to quickly make the adjustment from college or junior hockey to life in the AHL in a major-league city and in front of the league’s second-largest crowd on average last season at The Q.
  • NHL REINFORCEMENTS: The Monsters will be energized on opening night by the addition of D Markus Nutivaara (assigned to Cleveland (AHL) by Columbus (NHL) on Thursday) and RW Josh Anderson (loaned by Columbus to Cleveland on Thursday for the purpose of conditioning). While Anderson is coming off his first full NHL season, he’s familiar with the Monsters as a member of Cleveland’s 2016 Calder Cup Championship team. Meanwhile, Nutivaara, a puck-moving defenseman, is coming off his first North American pro season in which he supplied 2-5-7 with six penalty minutes and a +7 rating in 66 appearances for the Blue Jackets last year

MONSTERS GOALTENDERS

Brad Thiessen
 OVERALL:      0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, .000 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, .000 SV%
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, .000 SV%
AT HOME:      0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, .000 SV%

 

Matiss Kivlenieks 
OVERALL:      0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, .000 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, .000 SV%
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, .000 SV%
AT HOME:      0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, .000 SV%

ICEHOGS GOALTENDERS

Jean-Francois Berube
OVERALL:      0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, .000 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, .000 SV%
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, .000 SV%
ON THE ROAD:      0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, .000 SV%

 

Jeff Glass
OVERALL:      0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, .000 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, .000 SV%
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, .000 SV%
ON THE ROAD:      0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, .000 SV%