01/14/2017 12:00 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 looking to capitalize on the momentum they gained in a gutsy 5-4 overtime win over the Kalamazoo Wings by downing the league-leading Toledo Walleye on Hockey Day In Brampton.
DIFFERENCE MAKER: Brandon MacLean has been a tremendous boost to the Beast since coming back from his callup with the St. John's IceCaps. He led the way for the Beast in their game last night with one goal and one assist. The Beast penalty kill has also gone nine for 10 (90 percent) since he drew back into the lineup. He leads the team with a plus 16 rating.
DANGEROUS DEFENSEMAN: Willie Corrin is rapidly becoming the Beast's most potent weapon from the blue line. As a result of potting the overtime-winning goal against the Kalamazoo Wings last night, the 25-year-old International Falls, Minnesota native has collected five goals and four assists for nine points over his last 10 games.
POSITIVE MOJO: Brampton will undoubtedly feel energized coming into their first home Saturday night tilt of the season as they defied the unlucky reputation of Friday the 13th and ended their 368-day losing streak to the Kalamazoo Wings.
FORMIDABLE OPPONENT: The league-leading Toledo Walleye hold the upper hand in their rivalry against the Beast as they have won 16 of 19 matchups. Brampton is 1-3 against the Walleye this season. The lone meeting between these two clubs at the Powerade Centre was a 6-5 shootout decision for Toledo.
MILESTONE ALERT: Beast Captain Brandon Marino enters tonight's game with 50 assists, a total that is one shy of Jason Pitton's franchise record of 51 helpers. Marino, who has 31 points in 35 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.
TRULY SPECIAL TEAMS: Brampton took down the K-Wings due in large part to winning the specialty teams battle. The Beast power play converted on two of four opportunities while K-Wings went 0-for-4 on the man advantage.
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