02/26/2017 7:35 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, hope to bounce back after last night's 4-3 shootout loss to the Adirondack Thunder as they host the Eastern Conference leaders, the Florida Everblades.
HANGING IN THERE: The Beast picked up another big point last night in Glens Falls, giving Brampton points in five consecutive games and in 13 of its last 15 games. The Beast haven't lost at home since dropping a 2-1 decision to the Kalamazoo Wings on January 20. The club hasn't lost back-to-back games since January 27 and 28. The Beast haven't scored less than three goals in a game since being shut out by the Wheeling Nailers on Jan. 28.
NOT A LOT OF HISTORY: The Beast and the Everblades have not met thus far in the 2016-17 season and today's game will be the lone contest between these clubs this season. Brampton and Florida met for three games in Estero, Florida last season, and the Beast managed only one point in three games as the Everblades went 3-0-0 during the series.
GETTING CLOSER: With their win over Manchester on Friday night, the Beast have now reached 30 victories for the first time in their ECHL history. They now have their sights set on the club's franchise wins record, set at 33 victories by the 2013-14 Central Hockey League squad.
PACAN'S THE MAN: Forward David Pacan scored a pair of goals on Friday against Manchester, giving him 31 on the season and setting a new single-season goal-scoring record, eclipsing the previous record of 29 set by Andrew Fournier in the 2013-14 CHL season. He is now tied with Allen's Chad Costello for second in ECHL scoring, one back of the league lead held by Alaska's Peter Sivak.
TOUGH NORTH DIVISION: With Saturday night's shootout loss against Adirondack the Beast are now in third place in the North Division with 67 points. The Monarchs remain in first with 70 points, while the Thunder sit in second with 68 points. The Reading Royals currently occupy the fourth and final playoff spot in the division with 65 points, while the reigning Eastern Conference champs, the Wheeling Nailers, on the outside looking in with 60 points.
WHO LIKES THE SHOOTOUT ANYWAY? The Beast skated in their fifth shootout of the 2016-17 season a night ago, ultimately dropping a close 4-3 decision to the Adirondack Thunder. The Beast now own a 1-4 record in the shootout, with their lone shootout win coming against Missouri way back on Oct. 30.
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