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Preview: Monsters, Wolves Play Back to Back in Middle of Week Series

John Saraya/Cleveland Monsters

Cleveland Monsters at Chicago Wolves

Tuesday, March 21st at 7pm est

Wednesday, March 22nd at 7pm est

Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio

Radio: 99x(99.1); 99x Online

Twitter: @Chicago_Wolves , @ChiWolvesLive , #ChicagoWolves

@MonstersHockey , #CLEMonsters

Cleveland Monsters, 28-27-3-4, 63 points, 6th Central, 11th West

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Chicago Wolves, 37-17-7-3, 84 points, 2nd Central, 4th West

The Wolves come into Cleveland hot on a 13 game point-streak. They sit squarely in the second spot in the division and it doesn't look like they will be moving any time soon. It would behoove the Monsters to win both games this week. For this set of games, winning in regulation doesn't matter nearly as much as getting the win.

Kenny Agostino and Wade Megan are two players the Monsters will have to keep an eye on at all times. They excel on both the power play and penalty kill. We all know one of the Monsters achilles tendon is the power play. So, they'll have to play a tight and crisp game whether they are at even strength or not tonight.

James Wisniewski will be back in Ohio for the first time since coming back to America. Knowing Wisniewski, if anyone from the Blue Jackets front office is in the house, he will put on a show to make them regret trading him to Anaheim for Karlsson.

Earlier today, the Monsters released Alexander Petan and Kyle Thomas from their PTO contracts. This leads me to wonder if Alex Broadhurst will be back in the line up for the Monsters. He is another player the team has been desperately missing.

While I would like to see Thiessen start tonight, I think Forsberg will get the start in net. Coach Madden had a lot of nice things to say about him in Saturday's post game presser. He even went so far as to call him their “go-to guy”.

Wolves Monsters
3.41 (5) GPG 2.45 (28)
2.67 (7) GAPG 2.85 (14)
21.2% (7) PP% 13.9% (29)
83.9% (7) PK% 83.9% (6)
Wade Megan, 27 G Leader Sonny Milano, 15
Kenny Agostino, 54 A Leader T.J. Tynan, 24
Kenny Agostino, 75 P Leader Sonny Milano, 34
Brad Malone, 70 PIM Leader Brett Gallant, 100
14-11-4-2 Road/Home 15-10-2-2
7-0-3-0 Last 10 4-5-1-0
9-0-4-0 Streaks 1-0-0-0

Season Series

10/30/2016 – Monsters (2) @ Wolves (4) = Lrecap

11/11/2016 -Wolves (1) @ Monsters (2) = W – recap

11/12/2016 – Wolves (2) @ Monsters (4) = W – recap

12/17/2016 – Monsters (2) @ Wolves (1) = W (OT) – recap

01/26/2017 – Wolves (4) @ Monsters (2) = L – recap

01/28/2017 – Wolves (2) @ Monsters (3) = W – recap

02/22/2017 – Monsters (2) @ Wolves (4) = Lrecap

03/04/2017 – Monsters (3) @ Wolves (7) = L – recap

03/09/2017 – Monsters (3) @ Wolves (2) = W – recap

03/21/2017

03/22/2017

04/01/2017

Stats Matchup

Wolves Monsters
21-2-0-3 Leading After 1 9-2-1-2
22-0-0-1 Leading After 2 15-2-0-2
12-5-2-0 Tied After 1 13-9-2-1
14-4-4-2 Tied After 2 9-5-3-0
4-10-5-0 Trailing After 1 6-16-0-1
1-13-3-0 Trailing After 2 4-20-0-2
15-4-4-0 Outshooting Opponent 13-9-1-2
19-13-3-3 Outshot by Opponent 15-18-2-1