Had this ready to post last night, but forgot to click on the schedule button. Oh, WordPress, you are so easy to use, and yet I fail sometimes! Better late than never, and now I can make some additions with recent transaction news!
Charlotte Checkers (24-15-2-2) at Norfolk Admirals (25-14-1-2)
- Tonight is the Checkers final game of four in Norfolk. They will face the Admirals three more times in Charlotte. The Checkers are 2-1-1 against the Ads.
- Chris Terry, who has five assists in four games against Norfolk this year, is on quite the scoring streak. In the past five games, he has 11 points (4G, 7A). (That’s what we call Terryiffic!)
- Admirals starting goaltender Dustin Tokarski is 17-9-0-2 on the season (2.53 GAA, 0.898 SV%). His numbers aren’t as impressive against the Checkers though. He’s 1-1 in two starts (3.97 GAA%, 0.867 SV%).
- In four games against the Checkers this year, AHL leading rookie goal-scorer Cory Conacher leads the Admirals with six points (2G, 4A). As a rookie, he also leads the team in points with 46 in 41 games played (24G, 22A).
- Norfolk’s captain, Mike Angelidis, was recalled by Tampa Bay this morning. Admirals defenseman Evan Oberg was also recalled to the NHL.
- Charlotte’s Alternate captain (and formerly the Norfolk captain), Chris Durno, remains sidelined with a concussion.
- Norfolk and Charlotte are tied at fifth for the best power play in the league. Charlotte has a significantly better PK, so hopefully this will be the difference maker tonight.
- This season, the games against Norfolk have been high scoring affairs. Charlotte is going to need to play their kind of hockey, and not let the Admirals take control early on. Discipline is going to be a key, and staying out of the penalty box! If the Checkers maintain control of the pace of the game, it should be a great contest between two highly skilled teams.
Other Checkers Notes:
- Matt Beca was assigned to the Florida Everblades yesterday.
- Zac Dalpe was assigned to Charlotte this morning. With the Hurricanes on their All-Star break, it’s no surprise, since Dalpe can get three games in with the AHL. With Dalpe’s return, the Checkers have a couple of healthy extras up front.
- Tonight could be rookie defenseman Joe Sova’s debut in a Checkers jersey. If he plays, one of the Checkers other healthy D will have to sit. (On the blueline, Mathieu Roy and Chris Murray are still injured.)
- Paul Branecky had a tidbit that just cements my theory that the Checkers are a really great team for 40 minutes, and then they forget. How many times have I written the words “They need to learn how to play a full 60…”:
“The Checkers have five regulation losses when leading after two periods, more than any other AHL team. Each of their last two regulation losses, against Hershey on Jan. 12 and at Abbotsford on Jan. 21, came with the team holding a 2-1 lead at the second intermission. The third period is the only period in which the Checkers have a negative goal differential (-11).”
Gametime: 7:15 p.m. EST