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Monsters Rematch Chicago at Home Thursday Night

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 Chicago Wolves, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights, on Thursday with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 7:00 pm on Alt 99.1 and the Monsters Hockey Network.

MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 2-3 home 0vertime loss to the Chicago Wolves on Tuesday, the Cleveland Monsters enter tonight’s game at 21-33-6-3 on the season. With a .405 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 Alex Broadhurst (18-21-39), LW Terry Broadhurst (12-17-29), and C Zac Dalpe (11-15-26).

WOLVES PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of a 3-2 road overtime win over the Monsters on Tuesday, the Wolves enter tonight’s game at 35-20-7-2 overall this season. With a .617 points percentage, the Wolves currently rank second in the AHL’s Central Division standings and third in the Western Conference. Chicago is led in scoring by C T.J. Tynan (13-42-55), LW Teemu Pulkkinen (19-30-49), and C Brandon Pirri (25-22-47).

SEASON SERIES: Thursday marks the eighth of eight meetings between the Monsters and Wolves this season and the fourth of four tilts between the two Central Division rivals at The Q. Overall vs. the Wolves this year, the Monsters are 1-5-1-0 with a -10 goal differential (15/25) while Cleveland is 1-1-1-0 vs. Chicago at home with a -3 goal differential (5/8).

 

MONSTERS GOALTENDERS

Matiss Kivlenieks
 OVERALL:      36 GP, (12-17-3), 0 SO, 3.16 GAA, .890 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (25/28) in 2-3 OTL at CHI (3/20/18)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      6 GP, (1-3-1), 0 SO, 3.42 GAA, .888 SV%
AT HOME:      16 GP, (6-7-1), 0 SO, .893 SV%

 

Jeff Zatkoff
OVERALL:      10 GP, (2-5-2), 1 SO, 3.58 GAA, .870 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (25/29) in 0-4 L AT SA (3/18/18)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      N/A
AT HOME:      6 GP, (1-3-1), 0 SO, .832 SV%

 

Ivan Kulbakov
OVERALL:      8 GP, (0-5-0), 0 SO, 3.99 GAA, .861 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (20/24) in 2-6 L at STK (3/11/18)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      2 GP, (0-2-0), 0 SO, 2.52 GAA, .911 SV%
AT HOME:      4 GP, (0-2-0), 0 SO, .859 SV%

WOLVES GOALTENDERS

Kasimir Kaskisuo
OVERALL:      29 GP, (14-13-2), 2 SO, 2.33 GAA, .916 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (20/22) in 1-2 L vs MB (3/10/18)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      2 GP, (1-1-0), 0 SO, 2.01 GAA, .923 SV%
ON THE ROAD:      14 GP, (5-8-1), 1 SO, .916 SV%

 

Max Lagace
OVERALL:      19 GP, (12-4-2), 0 SO, 2.67 GAA, .906 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (25/28) IN 7-3 W vs IA (3/18/18)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      1 GP, (1-0-0), 0 SO, 3.01 GAA, .875 SV%
ON THE ROAD:      11 GP, (5-3-2), 0 SO, .906 SV%

 

KEYS TO SUCCESS:

POWER UP: The Monsters will need to make the most of their power-play chances on Thursday, as Chicago’s road penalty kill ranks in the AHL’s top-five so far this season (88.1%, 4th).

STAY DISCIPLINED: Cleveland will need to stay out of the box on Thursday because Chicago certainly will – the Wolves currently ranks second-to-last in the league in penalty minutes per game (10.6, 29th) this season.

FINISH STRONG: Thursday marks the Monsters last chance to leave an impression on their Division-rival Wolves this season. So far in the season series, Cleveland is 1-5-1 vs. Chicago this year.