01/07/2017 4:00 PM
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 bounce back from a tough 5-2 loss at the hands of the Kalamazoo Wings by earning a mammoth road win over the ECHL-leading Toledo Walleye.
MILESTONE ALERT: Beast Captain Brandon Marino enters tonight's game with 50 career assists in a Beast uniform, a total that is one shy of Jason Pitton's franchise record of 51 helpers. Marino, who has 31 points in 32 games, has a strong opportunity to surpass Pitton for the all-time team points lead later this season. He needs 29 to eke past Pitton's high water mark of 100.
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 five goals and three assists for eight points during an active six point streak. He scored one of the Beast's goals against Kalamazoo last night.
TERRIFIC DEBUT: Daultan Leveille, a NHL first round draft selection of the Atlanta Thrashers in 2008, made a great impression in his Brampton Beast debut as he scored the first goal for his new club against the K-Wings.
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 will hope the glow from their recent glorious road trip will carry into this clash. Brampton won six of seven games during this trip that went from December 17 to January 1, and outscored its opponents by an impressive 28 to 15 differential.
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