Gameday: Rockford at Charlotte

Rockford Icehogs (5-8-1-0) at Charlotte Checkers (9-6-1-0)

  • This is the second of eight meetings between the two Midwest division teams.  During the first matchup two weeks ago, Charlotte won 4-2.
  • The IceHogs have lost three in a row, two against division foes Peoria, and one against Oklahoma City.
  • While the IceHogs have a terrible record at home (they’ve only won once, and have a 1-6-0 record), they are much tougher on the road, with a record of 4-2-0.  They will look to capitalize on this stat with two road games this weekend in Charlotte.
  • Charlotte currently has six healthy defensemen on the roster with the departure of Justin Faulk, who was recalled by the Hurricanes yesterday.
  • EDIT: Bobby Sanguinetti will not play tonight.  Per Paul Branecky, expect a recall from Florida of Chris Murray or Ryan Donald.
  • With the addition of Zac Dalpe who was assigned to Charlotte, unless a forward is sent back to Florida, there are 14 healthy guys on the roster, plus Cedric McNicoll who is still recovering from an injury he suffered two weeks ago.
  • Whereas the Checkers are a team that tends to forget to play in the third period, the IceHogs excel in the final 20 minutes of play.  That’s when they really came back against Charlotte on November 6, and in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, the IceHogs scored three goals in the third period, nearly winning the game after being down by that many during the first 40 minutes.
  • Special teams may play heavily into tonight’s game in favor of Charlotte.  The Checkers power play is 10th in the league, while Rockford’s penalty kill is 29th.
  • Rockford’s Alexander Salak, the highly touted goaltending propect for Chicago, continues to struggle, and is 1-5-0 on the season, whereas Alec Richards is 4-4.

Gametime:  7:00 p.m. EST

Charlotte Radio:  WFNZ 610
Charlotte Twitter: @CheckersHockey, @PaulBranecky,
Rockford Twitter: @goIceHogs
Referee: Geno Binda (#22)
Linesmen: Paul Carnathan (#93), Terry Wicklum (#58)

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