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Preview: Monsters Play Checkers in Final Games of Road Trip

John Saraya/Cleveland Monsters

Cleveland Monsters at Charlotte Checkers

Friday, February 24 at 7:15pm est

and

Saturday, February 25 at 6pm est

Bojangles' Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina

Radio: 99x(99.1); 99x Online

Twitter: @CheckersHockey , #GoCheckers
@MonstersHockey , #CLEMonsters

Cleveland Monsters, 24-22-2-4, 54 points, 5th Central, 9th West

vs

Charlotte Checkers, 23-24-4-0, 50 points, 6th Central,12th West

It's getting to the point in the season where every game matters. Up until now, Charlotte hasn't been a threat to Cleveland. They have been sitting two to three spots behind the Monsters with what looked like no chance of surpassing them. Due to a series of unfortunate events, the Monsters must win both games against the Checkers this weekend. If the Checkers win both games in regulation, they will leap over the Monsters in the standings.

Luckily, the Monsters are starting to get healthy. Sonny Milano returned to the lineup on Wednesday where he shone rather bright on the penalty kill. He's slowly getting back into the swing of things. I look for him to be full speed by the time Saturday night rolls around.

Brett Gallant come back into the fold for the Monsters tonight. With Stanton suspended for the next two games, Gallant will be a welcome sight back on the ice.

The Checkers are virtually winless win trailing their opponent. So, the Monsters need to come out fast and dominate in the first period to swing the momentum in their favor for the whole game.

Checkers Monsters
8-2-2-0 Leading After 1 8-2-0-2
15-1-2-0 Leading After 2 12-2-0-2
9-2-1-0 Tied After 1 11-8-2-1
6-2-0-0 Tied After 2 9-5-2-0
6-20-1-0 Trailing After 1 5-12-0-1
2-21-2-0 Trailing After 2 3-15-0-2
17-8-3-0 Outshooting Opponent 11-9-1-2
6-15-1-0 Outshot by Opponent 13-13-1-1

Season Series

12/20/2016 – Checkers (1) @ Monsters (2) = W (OT)recap

12/22/2016 – Checkers (2) @ Monsters (3) = Wrecap

01/13/2017 – Monsters (2) @ Checkers (3) = L (SO) – recap

01/14/2017 – Monsters (3) @ Checkers (5) = L – recap

02/24/2017

02/25/2017

03/28/2017

03/30/2017

Stats Matchup

Checkers Monsters
2.51 (24) GPG 2.37 (29)
2.75 (11) GAPG 2.65 (6)
11.5% (30) PP% 14.5% (27)
80.7% (21) PK% 84.5% (6)
Lucas Wallmark, 17 G Leader Oliver Bjorkstrand, 14
Andrew Poturalski, 24 A Leader T.J. Tynan, 21
Andrew Poturalski, 35 P Leader T.J.Tynan, 28
Mitchell Heard, 53 PIM Leader Brett Gallant, 89
15-6-1-0 Road/Home 11-13-0-2
6-3-1-0 Last 10 4-4-1-1
1-0-1-0 Streaks 0-2-0-0