Going into this Saturday-Sunday matchup against the Central Division-leading Chicago Wolves, an affiliate of both the Carolina Hurricanes and Nashville Predators*, the Cleveland Monsters have at least one win on the docket against every team on their schedule this season. However, if the Monsters defeat Chicago on Saturday and/or Sunday at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, they will be able to say that they have defeated everyone on their schedule at least once at home. In addition to Chicago, the Monsters have played the Grand Rapids Griffins (affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings), Rochester Americans (affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres), Rockford IceHogs (affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks), and Texas Stars (affiliate of the Dallas Stars) at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse and on the road.
*Normally, the Milwaukee Admirals are the affiliate of the Predators. However, they opted out of the season, so the Wolves are the Preds’ affiliates this season.
Revenge will be on the mind of the Wolves as the Monsters took both games in Chicago when the two teams squared off in the “Windy City” during the first weekend of March. On Friday, March 5, Cleveland defeated Chicago 4-3 in overtime; then on Saturday, March 6, the Monsters defeated the Wolves 3-1.
As stated earlier, the Wolves are leading the Central Division with a record of 15-4-0-1 with 32 points which equates to a percentage of 0.762. The Monsters are sitting in third place in the Central Division with a record of 11-7-2 with 25 points which equates to a percentage of 0.605. Grand Rapids is sitting in-between the Wolves and Monsters as the Griffins are sitting in second place in the Central Division with a record of 11-6-3 with 25 points, which is equal to a percentage of 0.625. As of this moment, it is not known if the Calder Cup Playoffs are going to happen this year or not and if they are going to happen what that will look like. So the Monsters, Griffins and Wolves might be in playoff contention or they might not.
Cleveland will be looking to get back on track following back-to-back losses on Tuesday, April 20, and Wednesday, April at Van Andel Arena against the Griffins. On Tuesday, Grand Rapids defeated Cleveland 5-3 and then on Wednesday, Grand Rapids defeated Cleveland 2-1. Meanwhile, Chicago will be looking to rebound from a 4-3 shootout loss on the road against the Rockford IceHogs last Saturday.
If Cleveland can capture wins in both games this weekend, it not only means that would have at least one win against every opponent at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, but it also means that the Monsters would sweep the season series from Chicago.