Gameday: Charlotte at Oklahoma City

 Charlotte (8-4-1-0) at Oklahoma City (9-2-0-1)

  • Tonight marks the second of eight games vs. the Barons.  The Checkers won the first meeting, 2-1 in regulation.  In case you missed them, here are some fantastic photos from that game.
  • Bobby Sanguinetti battles during the first game against OKC. (Photo - C. Riley)

    Chris Terry will serve the first of his two-game suspension tonight following a charging call last Saturday in Grand Rapids.

  • Justin Shugg traveled with the team, and is expected to play tonight for the first time since being injured in practice almost two weeks ago.
  • Cedric McNicoll, who was injured in the game against Oklahoma City two weeks ago did not travel with the team.
  • Drayson Bowman, having been returned to the Checkers after a stint with the Hurricanes, will make his return to the Charlotte lineup tonight.
  • The Barons have only lost two games in regulation this year, one of which was against the Checkers two weeks ago.  Here’s hoping Charlotte can continue to be a thorn in their side!
  • Charlotte and Oklahoma City both lead their divisions in the standings (and OKC is number one in the entire Western Conference).  Tonight’s victor will maintain that lead, while the loser may fall two number two.
  • Colten Teubert was re-assigned to Oklahoma City after a two-game stint in Edmonton.  This move comes at the same time the Oilers claimed another D-man, Taylor Chorney, off of waivers from the St. Louis Blues.  Chorney started the season in the Edmonton organization, was claimed by St. Louis, and now returns once again to the Barons.
  • Drayson Bowman battles in the first game vs. OKC. (Photo - C. Riley)

    Goaltenders Mike Murphy and Yann Danis are each perfect in the shootout (Danis has stopped all four shots he has faced, and Murphy has stopped all five), and nearly identical save percentage (Danis: .932, Murphy: .934).

  • With both Charlotte goaltenders healthy, one would expect the “equal rotation” to start again, however with the Checkers beginning to face teams for the second (third and fourth) times, looking back at past history and games won against those teams may become a factor as well.
  • Tonight marks the third and final weekend of the Checkers nine-game roadtrip.  With back-to-back games in Oklahoma City, and one game in Houston on Sunday, it may prove to be the easiest on the travel front.

Gametime:  8:05 p.m. EST

Charlotte Radio: AHLlive only, no local broadcast

Charlotte Twitter: @CheckersHockey@PaulBranecky,
Oklahoma City Twitter: @OKC_Barons@SoonerPenguin@AHLBarons
Oklahoma City Blogs:  A New Ice Age 
Officials
Referee: Terry Koharski (#10)
Linesmen: Randy Sappo (#78), John Grandt (#95)
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