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 hoping the friendly confines of the Powerade Centre will help them return to the win column after being dealt three straight road losses by the Orlando Solar Bears. This is the first match in a two-game home series against the Quad City Mallards.
THE RIGHT FOOT: The Beast will look to earn a statement victory as they open their longest homestand of the season. The Beast will play eight straight games at the Powerade Centre against five different opponents, including the Quad City Mallards, Elmira Jackals, Indy Fuel, Wheeling Nailers and Adirondack Thunder.
DOMINANT REARGUARD: 2015-16 Beast MVP Mike Vernace has been coming up big for his team over the past couple of weeks. After starting the year with only two points in his first seven games, the 30-year-old defenseman has taken his play to another level and has netted two goals and five assists for seven points over the past nine Brampton Beast contests. He registered a power play assist against Orlando on Monday night.
PROMISING PP: The Brampton Beast power play showed signs of life in their last game as they cashed in on two of five man-advantage opportunities, which is a very good development considering the Beast only managed to convert on one of 28 chances in their other 10 November matches.
TOUGH TO CONTAIN: The Brampton Beast are riding an impressive streak heading into their 17th game of the season: They are the only team who have managed to score at least two goals in every game they have played this year.
POTENT STREAK: David Vallorani's active seven-game point streak has seen him pot five goal and six assists. He is tied for the team lead in scoring with David Pacan with 20 points — Vallorani has nine goals and 11 assists and Pacan has 10 goals and 10 helpers.
IT'S BEEN A WHILE: This is the first meeting between the Beast and the Mallards since late in the 2014-15 season. That year these two clubs went toe-to-toe 15 times. Brampton won eight of these encounters, including three of the last four. Brampton and Quad City won't meet again during this regular season after Friday night.
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