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Preview: Monsters, Griffins Play Back-to-Back Away and Home Series

The Cleveland Monsters and Grand Rapids Griffins play back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday.

John Saraya/Cleveland Monsters

Grand Rapids Griffins vs Cleveland Monsters

Saturday, April 8th at 7pm est

Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Michigan

AND

Sunday, April 9th at 5pm est

Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio

Sunday's game will be aired on WUAB – CLE 43

Radio: 99x(99.1); 99x Online

Twitter: @griffinshockey, #GoGRG

@MonstersHockey , #CLEMonsters

Cleveland Monsters, 36-28-4-4, 80 points, 0.556 win%, 5th Central, 9th West

vs

Grand Rapids Griffins, 44-22-1-4, 93 points, .655 win%, 1st Central, 3rd West

The Monsters and the Griffins play a back-to-back away and home series this weekend. Tonight they play in Grand Rapids. After the game they both hop on a bus heading towards Cleveland for tomorrow's tilt at 5pm. Both teams will have to fight through the tight turn around and lack of sleep to pull out a win on Sunday.

The Monsters are powered by dreams of the playoffs. While the Griffins are powered by the dream of 100 points, becoming first in the West, and home ice advantage. Both are pretty strong motivators to sweep the weekend.

This season, both teams have won five games against the other. With six wins, the Griffins currently lead the series. Two of the four wins for the Monsters came in extra frames.

The Griffins have an outstanding record when they have the lead in games. When leading after one they have a record of 31-1-0-0. There record when leading after two is 31-2-1-0. Like most of their games this season, the Monsters need to score first and keep the positive momentum in their favor for at least 60 minutes of play.

Friday, Matt Lorito was recalled by the Detroit Red Wings. This is one less playmaker the Monsters have to worry about. However, Evgeny Svechnikov is still lighting it up for the Griffins. The Monsters will have to keep an eye on him.

Luckily, the Monsters have Zac Dalpe to help power them through the series. He's on a hot six-game goal streak.

Madden keeps preaching putting pucks on net and staying out of the box. If the Monsters attack the net and not take stupid penalties they will be able to keep up with the Griffins.

Griffins Monsters
31-1-0-0 Leading After 1 11-2-1-2
31-2-1-0 Leading After 2 20-2-0-2
8-7-1-2 Tied After 1 17-10-3-1
10-1-0-2 Tied After 2 12-5-3-0
5-14-0-2 Trailing After 1 8-16-0-1
3-19-0-2 Trailing After 2 4-21-1-2
28-14-0-3 Outshooting Opponent 17-10-2-2
15-7-1-1 Outshot by Opponent 19-18-2-1

Season Series

10/22/2016 – Monsters (2) @ Griffins (3) = Lrecap

11/9/2016 – Monsters (4) @ Griffins (5) = L (SO)recap

11/25/2016 – Monsters (3) @ Griffins (5) = L – recap

11/26/2016 – Monsters (2) @ Griffins (6) = L – recap

11/30/2016 - Griffins (2) @ Monsters (3) = W (SO) – recap

12/02/2016 – Griffins (2) @ Monsters (3) = W (OT) – recap

12/28/2016 – Griffins (3) @ Monsters (2) = L - recap

12/30/2016 – Griffins (0) @ Monsters (4) = W – recap

01/21/2017 – Monsters (0) @ Griffins (5) = L – recap

02/28/2017 – Griffins (1) @ Monsters (4) = W – recap

04/08/2017

04/09/2017

Stats Matchup

Griffins Monsters
3.35 (4) GPG 2.53 (26)
2.51 (3) GAPG 2.64 (7)
24.9% (2) PP% 16.4% (19)
82.3%(13) PK% 85.8% (3)
Martin Frk, 27 G Leader Markus Hannikainen, 17
Evgeny Svechnikov, 27 A Leader T.J. Tynan, 28
Martin Frk, 50 P Leader Sonny Milano, 43
Dylan McIlrath, 70 PIM Leader Brett Gallant, 111
21-12-1-2 Road 16-17-2-2
23-10-0-2 Home 20-11-2-2
5-5-0-0 Last 10 8-1-1-0
1-0-0-0 Streaks 3-0-1-0