02/02/2017 10:46 AM
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, are back at the Powerade Centre for the first of back-to-back home games vs the Elmira Jackals.
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 a pair of victories this week. They are presently 12 wins shy of the overall franchise single-season wins record set by the 2013-14 Central Hockey League squad.
STRONG PLAY AGAINST DIVISION RIVAL: Thus far this season, the Beast have had their way with the Elmira Jackals and have won all five contests against the club this season and have outscored their opponent 22-13 in the process. Following this weekend's 3-in-3, these two teams will have just one game left against each other on March 18 at First Arena in Elmira.
SHOTS, SHOTS, SHOTS: Beast netminder Zach Fucale has faced 30 shots or more in his last five games. In that same stretch, the Rosemere, QC native has faced 170 shots total and holds a .905 save percentage during that span.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Beast forward Brandon MacLean leads the club with ten points (2G, 8A) in four games against the Jackals this season. Brampton's 2017 ECHL All-Star David Vallorani has collected six points (5G, 1A) in five games against Elmira. Casey Thrush (4GP, 0G, 4A) and Kenton Miller (5GP, 5G, 2A) lead the Jackals against the Beast this season.
KNOW YOUR FOE: The Elmira Jackals are currently in the midst of a six-game winless skid and have not won a game or earned a point since a 5-4 overtime victory over the Manchester Monarchs on January 20, 2017. They have been outscored 25-8 in the process. Sebastien Sylvestre heads into this week's games as the Jackals' leading scorer with 13 goals and 15 assists for 28 points. He enters Thursday's game on a three-game goal streak.
STRONG PK: The Beast continue to be one of the top teams in the ECHL on the penalty kill. As of Wednesday, the Beast own a 86.3% kill rate, good for third place in the league behind only the Manchester Monarchs (87.2%) and Greenville Swamp Rabbits (86.9%)
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