04/07/2017 11:30 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, look to get their second straight win over a division rival at home after beating the Wheeling Nailers 5-2 on Wednesday night.
A TEAM MILESTONE FOR THE RECORD BOOKS: The Beast have an oppurtunity to grab their 40th win of the season tonight while in the search of a postseason home-ice advantage helping to cap off a record breaking 2016-2017 season.
RACE TO THE FINISH: With two games left in the ECHL regular season the Beast could finish anywhere from first to fourth in the division. The Adirondack Thunder currently have 89 points in first, the Brampton Beast sit in second with 86 points, the Reading Royals are in third with 84 points and the Manchester Monarchs have the final spot in the postseason with 84 points. All teams have played exactly 70 games.
A BEAST BETWEEN THE PIPES: The Beast have gotten phenomonal play from Andrew D'Agostini in the final stretch of the season. Over his past four consecutive starts he has has a 0.924 save percentage and a 2.50 goals-against-average.
NOT A LOT TO GO ON: Despite being North Division Rivals, the Beast and Monarchs have only played each other once this year before tonight's match. Chris Levielle (2G,1A) and David Vallorani (3A) each recorded 3 point nights in the Beast's 6-5 OTW over the Monarchs on the road February 24th when these two teams last played. Over the last two years the Beast have a 4-3 record against the Monarchs.
THE 80 POINT CLUB: Beast forwards David Vallorani and David Pacan have had stellar years producing for the team game after game. The pair of Davids became the first two Beast player to ever surpass the 80-point mark in a single season after the last game. Vallorani leads the Beast in points with 82 and Pacan is close behind with 81. Pacan also leads the ECHL in goals, 40, with two games remaining in the year.
POTENTIAL PLAYOFF PREVIEW: With all the spots in the North Division clinched, seeding is the only question remaining in the North Division with two games left on the year. These two games could be a preview of a potential playoff matchup in the first round of the Kelly Cup playoffs since only three points seperate the two teams.
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