What's On Tap...A Test In The West

Labatt Blue
What's on Tap
It’s not over until the fat lady sings. This is the sentiment the Lake Erie Monsters have as they pay their final visit to a pair of teams in President Obama’s home state of Illinois in the 2009-10 regular season. The Monsters will travel to Peoria on Thursday, Rockford on Friday, and return to Peoria on Saturday for their last games against West Division opponents in the 2009-10 regular season.

Six represents more than just a number to a playoff hungry Monsters team. With merely six games left in the 2009-10 regular season, Lake Erie finds themselves in sixth place in the North Division trailing the Manitoba Moose by six points for the final playoff spot in the North Division. 

Who wants it more? The Monsters aren’t the only ones on the outside looking in for a Calder Cup Playoff berth. With two out of the three games taking place in Peoria, the Monsters will be facing a challenging Rivermen team just three points out of a playoff spot in the West Division, an accomplishment that would mean back-to-back playoff appearances for the top farm club of the NHL's St. Louis Blues.

Rookies Ryan Stoa of the Monsters and Lars Eller of the Rivermen represent threats as each are in the league’s top 20 in rookie scoring. Eller is fourth with 52 points (16G, 36A) and Stoa is 13th with 38 points (23G, 15A). Stoa is also tied for the number one spot among first-year players in goals (23) and second in power play goals (10).

The ability to kill a penalty is a skill the Monsters will need to rely on when facing Peoria. The Rivermen rank fifth in the AHL with a power play that clicks at a 20.3 percent success rate. The Monsters penalty killing has been less than stellar this year as it ranks last in the league with a 78.9 percent success rate. Penalties will be a key determining factor in the outcome of the two games.

Between two trips to Peoria is a matchup with the Rockford IceHogs. The IceHogs currently hold the third spot in the West Division and are looking to clinch their third straight Calder Cup Playoff appearance. The Monsters have not faired well against the IceHogs this season (1-4-0-0) but will look to reverse their luck on Friday at 8:05 p.m.

The next three games and every game this season will be broadcast on the Monsters flagship radio station, ESPN 850 WKNR.  Listen Live on ESPN 850 WKNR | Watch here via AHL Live

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