03/29/2017 9:00 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, start their final road trip of the regular season as they head to Cincinnati to take on the Cyclones for the first of a three-game road trip.
TOUGH LUCK: The Beast picked up one point with a 0-2-1 record in a recent three-game homestand against the Orlando Solar Bears. The Beast haven't suffered a three-game winless skid since dropping three straight in regulation to Toledo (x2) and Kalamazoo on January 14, 15 and 20.
HOT HANDS: In spite of their record over the last few games against Orlando, several Beast skaters have been performing well of late, including Beast captain Brandon Marino, who has scored a goal in each of his last three games, recording three goals and two assistsin the process. Both David Pacan (1G, 2A) and David Vallorani (2G, 1A) each finshed their Orlando series at a point-per-game pace.
NEW FOES: The Beast and the Cyclones have never met. The Cyclones enter tonight's game with a 35-27-4-0 record and are in a fight for the final playoff spot in the South Division.
TIME IS RUNNING OUT: Including today's game, the Beast have six games remaining in the regular season, including three home games and three road games, including five games against North Division opponents. The Beast end the season at home as they host the Manchester Monarchs on April 8.
TIGHT NORTH DIVISION: The Beast are now in second in the North division with 80 points on the year. The Adirondack Thunder are in first with 81 points, the Manchester Monarchs and Reading Royals are close behind tied for third with 79. Wheeling also is in the hunt for a postseason berth with 72 points. Following tonight's game, the Beast will play our their remaining schedule against North Division opponents.
SHOOTOUT WOES: The lone point picked up in their recent three-game series was in a shootout loss to the Solar Bears on Mar. 24. That dropped the club's shootout record to 1-5. Brampton's lone shootout win of the season came against the Missouri Mavericks on Oct. 30.
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