01/28/2017 3:50 PM
NOTE: Live commentary will not begin until 15 minutes before puck drop.
TODAY'S GAME: The Brampton Beast, the ECHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens, will finish a short, two-game road trip on Saturday night as they head to WesBanco Arena to face the Wheeling Nailers.
GETTING CLOSER...: The 2016-17 Beast are creeping up on several significant team milestones. Both the 2014-15 and 2015-16 Beast squads recorded a total of 23 victories. This season's team already has 21 wins to its credit and will have an opportunity to tie the Beast all-time ECHL single-season wins record with two more victories. They are presently 12 wins shy of the overall franchise single-season wins record set by the 2013-14 Central Hockey League squad.
AND CLOSER...: The 2015-16 Beast squad posted 57 points, the most ever for the Beast in their ECHL history. This year's team looks poised to break that record this season, with 47 points to its credit through 40 games played. With 32 games left in the regular season, the Beast need 11 points to eclipse their previous single-season ECHL points record and 27 points to set the all-time franchise record for points in a season set by the 2013-14 Central Hockey League team.
POTENT KILL: The Brampton Beast penalty kill continues to be one of the best in the ECHL. Their 86.5% kill rate is the third-highest PK percentage in the league, trailing only the Manchester Monarchs (87.4%) and the Greenville Swamp Rabbits (86.9%).
KEEP AN EYE ON…: Beast forward David Vallorani leads the club with nine points (4G, 5A) in only five games against the Nailers this season. On the blue line, Tim Billingsley has established himself as a point-per-game defenseman against Wheeling this season, collecting a goal and three helpers in four games against the Nailers this season.
TIGHT NORTH DIVISION: While the Manchester Monarchs (58 points) seem to have a stranglehold on first place in the North Division, the rest of the pack is very evenly matched. Only four points separate the second place Reading Royals (49 points), third place Wheeling Nailers (47 points), fourth place Brampton Beast (47 points) and fifth place Adirondack Thunder (45 points).
STELLAR GOALTENDING: Beast netminder Zach Fucale made 37 saves a night ago in a 2-1 shootout loss to Kalamazoo. His 37 saves were the most stops made by a Beast goaltender in a single game this season. He now owns a 3.00 goals against average and a .900 save percentage in 26 games played this season.
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