Just a few quick notes before gametime this afternoon:
- This will be game two of eight against Peoria. I think we’ve found quite the rival already in the Midwest foes of Peoria (and their obnoxious blogger over at The Rivermen Blog.
- Mike Murphy is expected to get the start in goal.
- Like Charlotte, Peoria is rotating goaltenders. Ben Bishop is expected to start for Peoria. At 6’7″, he will probably look twice the size of Mr. Murphy.
- Last night’s game sounds like it was a really intense matchup, and expect more of the same today. Hopefully, Peoria won’t find a way to score three goals in three minutes, because that was rather repulsive!
- For the third consecutive game, Ryan Donald and Jared Staal were healthy scratches on Saturday. Again, I’d expect this trend to continue.
- Zac Dalpe, who left the game Friday in Buffalo with a lower-body injury, is not skating today with the team. The Hurricanes next game is Tuesday in Boston, and could recall a player from Charlotte if necessary.
- Today is MY Checkers opening night. Due to a performance by the always awesome North Carolina Dance Theater, I couldn’t make it to the game. (I can assure you, the dancing I saw at the Knight Theater was spectacular!) Pretty excited to see the team,and strap on some skates afterwards at the post-game skate.
- For all in attendance last night, be glad you didn’t have to watch the online feed like I did. YUCK, YUCK, YUCK. The quality was terrible, and I think I saw more sponsor graphics on the jumbotron feed than actual hockey. Also, I’ve said it before, but I really don’t enjoy Jason Shaya’s call of the game when he has someone doing “color” with him. The online broadcast never introduced who the color guy was, either, though he was less of a color commentator and more of a secondary play-by-play guy (but WAY less annoying than Tripp Tracey, just for the record!)
Gametime: 3:00 p.m. EST
Charlotte Radio: WBCN 1660 AM
Peoria Blog: The Rivermen Blog
Referees: Mark Lemelin (#41), Jason Rollins (#37
Linesmen: Mark Hamlett (#81), Ben Shiley (#21)