Bored Already? Here Are Your Options.

Do you suffer from hockey withdrawal?  Did you wake up in the morning and check and knowing that the Canes did not play?  Are you already looking forward to Tuesday when the Canes return to action against the New York Islanders?  Are you excited to see Justin Faulk play in the All Star Game?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, I may have your medicine to get you through the weekend.  Side effects may vary.

  •  Prescription 1.  Take a trip to Charlotte to see your Charlotte Checkers face off against the Rockford Ice Hogs.  The Ice Hogs are in town for back to back games against the Checkers.  Games start at 7:00 p.m..
  • Prescription 2.  Can’t make it to the Checkers game tonight or tomorrow, but you still have that itch for some hockey?  Why not head on over to to listen to the Checkers vs. Ice Hogs game.  There is no admission charge to listen.  Side effects may include, but are not limited to:yelling at your laptop computer, and being forced to use earphones.  Speaking from experience.
  • Prescription 3.  Tune into the NHL Networks coverage of the 2012 NHL All Star Game Fantasy Draft.  Thursday marks the kickoff of the All Star weekend experience beginning with the All Star Fantasy Draft.  Team Alfredsson will draft against Team Chara.  My favorite part is the poor chump who is drafted last, though I have a feeling it won’t be Phil Kessel this time.  Coverage begins at 5:00 p.m. Draft is set to start at 8:00 p.m.
  • Prescription 4. What’s that?  You could care less about the Fantasy Draft?  Gotcha.  As stated in the first two prescriptions, either attending the Checkers game, or listening to it online is your best bet for hockey on Friday.  Friday will be media day at the All Star Game.  Not a lot will be going on.  Coverage begins at 3:00 p.m. and will run through 6:00 p.m. on the NHL Network
  • Prescription 5.  Saturday, Saturday, Saturday!  Anyone else start singing that song?  Starting at 7:00 p.m. on NBCSP, (the old Versus channel), the skills competition will begin.  There is something for everyone this year.  Events taking place are as followed:
  1. Fastest Skater.
  2. Breakaway Challenge-Basically a penalty shot with no rules.  Each player gets 3 attempts.
  3. Shooting Accuracy- Shooters are placed 25 feet from goal.  The players receive passes from another player and have to knock down 4 foam targets located in each of the corners of the goal.
  4. NHL Skills Challenge-This is a relay race showcasing skills such as skating, passing, shooting, and puck movement.  Fastest team wins.
  5. Hardest Shot-Shoot the puck as hard as you can.  You get a sense of what it is like to be Cam Ward.  Scary!
  6. Elimination Shootout-Simply put, there are 2 teams.  If you score, you stay in.  If you miss, you are out.  Last man standing wins for their team.
  • Prescription 6.  The 2012 NHL All Star Game.  Puck is set to drop at 4:00 p.m. on NBCSP.  Pre-game coverage will begin at 1:00 on the NHL Network.

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