Monarchs: Let's play three
The Manchester Monarchs are back on home ice this weekend and hoping to put an end to a two-game losing streak.
The Monarchs, who remain atop the AHL standings at 36-16-8 for 80 points, will host Adirondack tonight at 7 p.m. at Verizon Wireless Arena and then welcome in Providence Saturday at 3 p.m. and Hartford Sunday at 3 p.m.
"We have great fans and I think we're all excited to be back in our own beds and playing at home," said Manchester defenseman Vinny LoVerde. "I think a lot of the weekends were home and away or vice versa. It's nice to have three in a row and stay in your own bed and get a good night's sleep and get some good meals in you."
The Monarchs dropped a pair of games at Norfolk last weekend and will hope some new additions will make a difference. Linden Vey has been sent down from Los Angeles while forward James Livingston was acquired from San Jose and defenseman Brayden McNabb came over from Buffalo.
Vey will add some scoring punch back into the lineup. He has appeared in 18 games with the Kings this season, recording five points (all assists). Vey has also played in 31 games with Manchester this season, recording 35 points (11 goals, 24assists).
Livingston has recorded 15 points (4-11-15) in 53 games with the Worcester Sharks this season. McNabb has split time this season with the Sabres and Rochester Americans. He has no points in 12 games with Buffalo and in 38 games with Rochester he has seven goals and 22 assists.
Manchester will be trying to right the ship after a tough weekend in Norfolk where the Monarchs played hard, but could not overcome too many penalties and a hot goaltender in Admirals netminder Viktor Fasth (who has since been traded to Edmonton).
"I thought we had lots of energy," LoVerde said. "There were a few bounces here and there and some penalties we'd like to have back. But energy level and effort are never going to be an issue with this team."
Playing a good team on the road is something that will come into play again once the playoffs begin, so there could be some things to learn from last weekend.
"It's a good learning experience for us. They're a veteran team. They've got some older guys on that team that play hard," LoVerde said. "You realize what it takes and how hard you have to battle for every single win. We're never happy with a loss, but in the long run, it could be beneficial to us."