The Charlotte Checkers have hit the road with a first stop in Lake Erie to take on the Monsters. The Checkers are coming off of a 3-game losing streak after finishing 0-2-1 last weekend with games against the Aeros, Stars and Rampage. So far this season the Checkers have a tied series with the Monsters this season each taking a game on December 6 and 7. This weekend’s back-to-back games will conclude the series between the two, the Checkers hoping to get back in the win column and take the series.
Consistency is the main focus of this team right now. While they didn’t register any points in last weekend’s three-in-three, they put forth a much better effort than a couple weeks prior. They played a solid sixty minutes of hockey playing until the final buzzer. Their biggest issue is taking penalties. If they can find a way to stay out of the penalty box, they will have an easier time scoring.
Despite having two players come out of Sunday’s game with an injury, both Zach Boychuk and Nicolas Blanchard will be suited up for tonight’s game. Nicolas Blachard left Sudnay’s game after getting into a fight with the Rampage. He is sporting a nasty shiner, but is ready to go. Boychuk suffered from a skate across the face, but with a few stitches he is also ready to go. Defenseman Rasmus Rissanen is still out with an injury and did not make the trip with the Checkers, same with Marc-Andre Gragnani, leaving Tommi Kivisto and Bobby Raymond to fill in.
Justin Peters has played in 6 of the last 7 games for the Checkers, the last being in Sunday’s meeting with the Rampage where they fell 5-2. Dan Ellis made his last appearance on Saturday against the Texas Stars where he saved 28 out of the 31 shots he faced.
Tonight’s game is at 7:00pm and can be heard on ESPN 730 or on AHL Live.