01/06/2017 10:25 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 hoping keep the good times rolling by picking up their 13th victory in 15 games as they face off against the Kalamazoo Wings. This is the first home game for the Beast since December 16.
STRIKING DISTANCE: The Beast's December to remember — 11 wins in 14 games — has lifted them from fifth place up to second place in the North Division. The Beast (19-9-1-2) enter today's game trailing the Manchester Monarchs (20-8-1-1) by three points for first place for in the North Division and the Eastern Conference.
AWESOME AUGER: 2015-2016 Top Beast Goal Scorer Chris Auger has played his best hockey of the season over the past couple of weeks as he has potted four goals and three assists for seven points during an active five-game point streak. He earned first star honours for scoring two goals and one assist in the Beast's 6-3 triumph over the Indy Fuel on New Year's Day.
K-WINGS KILLER: Beast Captain Brandon Marino has been a thorn in the side of the K-Wings during his tenure in Brampton. He notched two goals and nine assists for 11 points in 10 games dating back to last season, including three assists in two games this year.
TOUGH OPPONENT: The K-Wings have had the upper hand over the Beast of late as they have come out on top in each of the past five matchups between these teams dating back to last season. Brampton was last victorious over Kalamazoo on January 10, 2016. The Beast own a 0-2 record against the K-Wings so far in 2016-17. Including tonight, the Beast and K-Wings will face off six more times this season.
SO FAR AHEAD: Perhaps the best statistic to provide proper context on how impressive the Beast's meteoric rise has been this season is that they have an opportunity to capture their 20th victory of the season nearly three months before they managed the feat in 2016 (April 1st). Brampton is on pace to finish with 46 wins this year.
ROAD MOMENTUM: The Beast skaters undoubtedly have a lot of positive mojo coming into this game as they completed the most successful road trip in team history. Brampton won six of seven games and outscored its opponents by an impressive 28 to 15 differential.
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