Week of New Opponents Starts Tonight

This week’s Monsters schedule poses a test to the team that hasn’t been done this season: three games in four days in three different places, beginning with a date with the Griffins in Grand Rapids this evening.

After this meeting with Grand Rapids, the Monsters will have seen the entire North Division with the exception of the Hamilton Bulldogs, who are on the schedule for Saturday evening.

But first thing’s first: tonight’s opportunity to gain a little bit of separation in the standings from Grand Rapids, and potentially end the evening with as many points as division-leading Toronto. It's early in the season, but ask anyone in the dressing room, and they'll tell you that points early in the season are just as meaningful as points late in the season. And right now, with the five-team North Division separated by just three points, games like tonight present golden opportunities to begin breaking away from the pack.

Sunday’s 4-0 shutout of the aforementioned Marlies revealed the calming presence that veteran goalie Cedrick Desjardins, who stopped 29 pucks in the win, can provide. He was a Memorial Cup winner during his junior days, a Kelly Cup winner in the ECHL, and he can be a huge boost to a team that is still without a lot of its firepower on offense.

A couple points of interest in this evening’s clash against Grand Rapids: first, Monsters forward Hugh Jessiman will be serving the final game of his four-game suspension, so don’t expect to hear his name during tonight’s live radio broadcast (AM 1220 WHKW, 7:00 PM), but he becomes available to return tomorrow night when the Monsters host the Houston Aeros back in Cleveland.

As far as the Griffins are concerned, their top player to watch- Gustav Nyquist- was called up to the Detroit Red Wings this week, and made his debut a night ago in Detroit’s 2-1 overtime loss to the Minnesota Wild. He played over 11 minutes in his NHL debut, and was returned following the game. He will be in the lineup for Grand Rapids tonight.

We caught up with forward Eric Hunter before the team boarded the bus for Grand Rapids and asked him about the team's recent turnaround, his own goalscoring and what to expect against the Griffins: 

Search Archive »

  Bookmark and Share

Browse by Year »


Browse by Month »

October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
March 2007
January 2007
December 2006
May 2006