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Monsters Square off with Belleville at Home

In the sixth of eight meetings between the two teams this season, the Cleveland Monsters, affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, drop the puck vs. the Belleville Senators, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Ottawa Senators, on Thursday with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 7:00 pm on Alt 99.1, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.

MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 2-3 road loss to the Toronto Marlies on Saturday, the Cleveland Monsters enter tonight’s game at 27-25-6-1 on the season. With 61 points, the Monsters currently rank sixth in the AHL’s North Division standings and 12th in the Eastern Conference. Cleveland is led in scoring by C Zac Dalpe (21-17-38), C Mark Letestu (15-20-35) and LW Nathan Gerbe (10-22-32).

SENATORS PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of a 4-0 home win over the Manitoba Moose on Saturday, the Belleville Senators enter tonight’s game at 30-23-3-4 on the season. With 67 points, the Senators currently rank fifth in the AHL’s North Division standings and ninth in the Eastern Conference. Belleville is led in scoring by RW Drake Batherson (19-32-51), RW Jack Rodewald (19-21-40) and C Logan Brown (12-23-35).

SEASON SERIES: Thursday marks the sixth of eight meetings between the Monsters and Senators this season and the third of four clashes between the two clubs at The Q this year. So far this season, Cleveland shows a record of 3-2-0-0 vs. Belleville overall with a +2 goal differential (15/13) and the Monsters are 2-0-0-0 vs. the Senators at home this season with a +4 goal differential (9/5).

 

MONSTERS GOALTENDERS

35 J-F Berube
OVERALL:     

40 GP, (18-17-5), 0 SO, 3.11 GAA, .892 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

(21/26) in 4-5 L vs LAV 2/28/19

HEAD-TO-HEAD:     

3 GP, (2-1-0), 0 SO, 2.30 GAA, .868 S%

AT HOME:     

19 GP, (8-8-3), 0 SO, 3.60 GAA, .881 S%

 

39 Brad Thiessen
OVERALL:     

11 GP, (5-4-1), 0 SO, 3.02 GAA, .893 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

(25/28) in 2-3 L at TOR 3/2/19

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

1 GP, (0-1-0), 0 SO, 4.11 GAA, .840 S%

AT HOME:     

6 GP, (4-1-0), 0 SO, 2.28 GAA, .914 S%

 

SENATORS GOALTENDERS

1 Marcus Hogberg
OVERALL:     

24 GP, (14-4-5), 2 SO, 2.32 GAA, .918 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

(27/27) in 4-0 W vs. MB 3/2/19

HEAD-TO-HEAD:     

3 GP, (1-1-1), 0 SO, 2.11 GAA, .938 S%

ON THE ROAD:     

14 GP, (7-4-2), 1 SO, 2.84 GAA, .904 S%

 

30 Filip Gustavsson
OVERALL:     

30 GP, (12-15-2), 0 SO, 3.42 GAA, .886 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

(20/23) in 6-3 W vs. LAV 2/9/19

HEAD-TO-HEAD:     

3 GP, (1-1-0), 0 SO, 3.61 GAA, .905 S%

ON THE ROAD:      

17 GP, (5-9-2), 0 SO, 3.32 GAA, .884 S%

 

 

KEYS TO SUCCESS:

  • ON THE MARK: Monsters C Mark Letestu is currently riding a seven-game points streak (2-7-9), tied for the AHL’s third-longest such active streak.
  • DROP DRAKE: If Cleveland wants to maximize their chances for a win on Thursday, they’ll need to minimize the impact of Belleville RW Drake Batherson. With 51 points, Batherson currently ranks in the AHL’s top-three among rookies in points (2nd), goals (19, 3rd) and assists (32, T2nd) this season and the highly-touted winger is currently in the midst of a four-game road goal-scoring streak (4G) and a six-game road points streak (11 PTS).
  • HEAD-TO-HEAD HERO: Cleveland D Adam Clendening currently ranks in the AHL’s top-20 among defensemen in scoring (31 PTS, T16th) and is scoring at appoint-per-game pace in five appearances vs. Belleville this season (0-5-5) and in his last two games (1-1-2).