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Preview: Monsters, Wild Play Back-to-Back Series

John Saraya/Cleveland Monsters

Cleveland Monsters at Iowa Wild

Sunday, February 19th, 2017 at 4pm EST

Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa

Radio: 99x(99.1); 99x Online

Twitter: @IAWild , #HockeyLivesHere

@MonstersHockey , #CLEMonsters

Cleveland Monsters, 23 -20-2-4; 52 points; 53.1%, 5th Central; 10th West

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Iowa Wild, 25-21-5-2; 57 points; 53.8%; 4th Central; 8th West

The battle for fourth place in the Central continues as the Cleveland Monsters take on the Iowa Wild on Sunday and Monday. Both teams are currently on a three-game lose streak.

The Monsters need to constantly attack the paint and block the goalie's line of vision. The Wild have two incredible goalies who are willing to step up to the plate and make Sports Center Top 10 plays, literally, at a moments notice. If the Monsters plant their bodies in front of the crease, they will be able to cut those Top 10 style plays in half.

Even though the Monsters have the fifth-best penalty kill in the league, they need to take as few penalties as possible. At this point in the season, they can't risk being down a man for any period of time.

Most importantly, to gain any traction in the standings, the Monsters need to win this game in regulation. If they start the game firing all cylinders, the Monsters should have no problem marking a tally, or two, in the win column.

Wild Monsters
15-3-2-0 Leading After 1 8-2-0-2
17-2-2-1 Leading After 2 12-2-0-2
8-7-1-1 Tied After 1 10-8-2-1
5-3-3-1 Tied After 2 8-4-2-0
2-11-2-1 Trailing After 1 5-10-0-1
3-16-0-0 Trailing After 2 3-14-0-2
12-4-1-1 Outshooting Opponent 11-8-1-2
13-16-4-1 Outshot by Opponent 2-12-1-1

Season Series

10/25/2016 – Monsters (7) @ Wild (3) W - recap

12/14/2016 – Wild (3) @ Monsters (4) = W (OT) - recap

12/16/2016 – Wild (2) @ Monsters (1) = L(SO) - recap

02/03/2017 – Wild (3) @ Monsters (0) = L - recap

02/04/2017 – Wild (1) @ Monsters (0) = L (OT) - recap

02/08/2017 – Monsters (2) @ Wild (1) = W (OT) - recap

02/19/2017

02/20/2017

03/24/2017

03/26/2017

04/02/2017

04/04/2017

Stats Matchup

Wild Monsters
2.49 (24) GPG 2.39 (29)
2.68 (7) GAPG 2.65 (6)
17.6% (16) PP% 15.5% (21)
81.3% (15) PK% 84.6% (5)
Teemu Pulkkinen, 17 G Leader Oliver Bjorkstrand, 14
Pulkkinen, Cannone, 17 A Leader T.J. Tynan, 21
Teemu Pulkkinen, 34 P Leader Tynan, Bjorkstrand, 26
Mike Weber, 90 PIM Leader Brett Gallant, 89
10-12-3-2 Road/Home 10-11-0-2
6-2-1-1 Last 10 4-4-1-1
0-2-0-1 Streaks 0-2-0-1