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Preview: Monsters at Checkers - Round 3

Oleg Yevenko skates through traffic towards the goal.
John Saraya / Cleveland Monsters

Cleveland Monsters at Charlotte Checkers

Friday, January 13th, 2017 - 7:15 pm EST

Bojangles Colisieum; Charlotte, North Carolina

Radio: 99x(99.1), 99x Online

Twitter: @checkershockey
@monstershockey , #CLEMonsters

Cleveland Monsters, 17-13-1-2, 37 points, 4th Central, 9th West

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Charlotte Checkers, 14-20-2-0, 30 points, 7th Central, 15th West

Both the Monsters and the Checkers are coming into tonight’s game after much-needed wins. In fact, the Checkers 5-1 win over the Milwaukee Admirals took them out of the bottom spot in the division. The Checkers are hungry to move up in the standings and only need four points to move past the Manitoba Moose.

3 Keys

  1. Win All Three Periods

The Checkers don’t do well when trailing after the first or second period. In fact, when trailing after the second period their record is a paltry 1-18-1-0. The Monsters need to create a large lead right off the bat and maintain it until the horn blows.

Checkers Monsters
4-1-1-0 Leading After 1 6-1-0-2
8-0-1-0 Leading After 2 9-1-0-2
7-2-0-0 Tied After 1 8-6-1-0
5-2-0-0 Tied After 2 6-3-1-0
3-17-1-0 Trailing After 1 3-6-0-0
1-18-1-0 Trailing After 2 2-9-0-0
10-6-1-0 Out Shooting Opponent 9-5-1-0
4-1-1-0 Out Shot by Opponent 8-8-0-1

2. Team Chemistry

Between the backup goalie situation in Columbus and the revolving door Markus Hannikainen has to walk through on a daily basis, the Monsters need to have comradery across the board. They need to figure out how to anticipate each teammate’s move on the ice. All of the players can already read the thoughts of half of their teammates. If they want to leapfrog the Wolves in the standings, they need to play as a cohesive unit, a brotherhood.

3. Trust No Opponent With the Puck

Even though Wallmark, Zykov, and Poturalski are three of the Checkers’ top players, the Monsters can’t focus all of their energy on them. There are multiple players lurking in the shadows waiting for their chance to create a highlight reel play.

Players like Nestrasil and Carrick who are coming back from injuries ready to prove to the world why they deserve to play professional hockey.

Robertson is currently on a four-game point streak. The Monsters will also need to find a way to cool down his hot streak.

Season Series

12/20/2016 - Checkers (2) @ Monsters (4) = W

12/22/2016 - Checkers (2) @ Monsters (3) = W

01/13/2017

01/14/2017

02/24/2017

02/25/2017

03/28/2017

03/30/2017

Stats Matchup

Checkers Stat Monsters
2.39% (30th) GPG 2.70% (21st)
2.94% (17th) GAPG 2.79% (10th)
11.5% (30th) PP% 15.8% (23rd)
78.5% (24th) PK% 84.8% (5th)
Wallmark, Zykov, 9 G Leader Oliver Bjorkstrand, 10
Andrew Poturalski, 15 A Leader TJ Tynan, 18
Andrew Poturalski, 22 P Leader TJ Tynan, 22
Kyle Hagel, 48 PIM Leader Brett Gallant, 53
8-4-0-0 Road/Home 7-7-0-1
3-7-0-0 Last 10 7-2-0-1
1-0-0-0 Streaks 1-0-0-0