A few notes and links worth mentioning, from a variety of sources:
- Playoff superstar Zac Dalpe’s younger brother Ben skated with the team at their practice on Friday. Ben, 17, is a forward who spent last season with the Brantford Golden Eagles, a team in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League. His season was cut short in March due to a concussion.
- While searching for info on Ben Dalpe, I found a pretty fun article about Ben and Zac, with pictures of them as young kids.
- The Penguins did not skate yesterday, but had a team meeting and off-ice workouts. According to WBS beat writer Jonathan Bombulie, Ben Street (who had skated in all 7 of the Penguins post-season games, but left the ice following the first period on Thursday), is considered to be day-to-day. With his potential unavailability, it is possible the Pens will have to dress a seventh defenseman or one of their black aces tonight to fill out their roster. None of these aces (Paul Thompson, Andy Bathgate and Ryan Schnell) have skated in any of the post-season games.
- Here is an article that lists how the Penguins feel they can beat the Checkers. Scoring first, limiting big plays, and taking advantage of home ice are the ways Bombulie says the Pens need to take advantage tonight. It’s worth mentioning that despite an amazing record at home during the regular season, the Penguins are now 1-3 on home ice during the playoffs.
- I find it mildly ironic that last night, the Charlotte Knights defeated the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees in the world of AAA Baseball. I also find it amusing that the Yankees have Scranton first in their name, and the Penguins get Wilkes-Barre first. I guess when two towns share two teams, it’s only fair that each town gets their name first on one of the teams.
- Chip Alexander wrote a piece in the Charlotte Observer yesterday about some of the Checkers depth players who are excelling in the playoffs.
- The game starts at 7:05 p.m. tonight, and is being broadcast on WFNZ 610 am here in Charlotte. (Or online, of course… though unfortunately, iPads are not supported by AHL live!)
- Buy your tickets for Monday and Wednesday’s games here in Charlotte! Remember, $5 off at Ticketmaster with the promo code: FOY
Lets Go Checkers!