Sep 19, 2011; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres defenseman Andrej Sekera (44) attempts to check Carolina Hurricanes center Zac Dalpe (22) during the third period at the First Niagara Center. Sabres beat the Hurricanes 3 - 1. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Preview: Charlotte Checkers Head to Oklahoma

The entire Charlotte Checkers roster boarded a plane and headed to Oklahoma in preparation to take on the Barons.  No one was left behind meaning that whomever gets the call up from Carolina, will have to pack up their belongings and head to camp.  However, there is still no word on who may get the invitation, leaving the roster full, at least for tonight’s game against the Oklahoma City Barons.

Last weekend the Checkers took on the Norfolk Admirals in their first game at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, dominating them in a 3-1 victory with Dan Ellis between the pipes.  Meanwhile the Barons were playing on the road against the Chicago Wolves without their star players Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Justin Schultz, taking a 6-3 beating.

The meeting between these two teams comes as the third game of the series, the Barons holding a 2-0 advantage with wins on November 24 (4-2) and November 25 (7-2).

The Checkers will be without Marc-Andre Gragnani who is still out with an injury and without Brett Sutter who has been suspended one game by the AHL for boarding in Sunday’s game against the Admirals.  If Sutter gets called up to the Canes, he would have to serve his suspension when he returned to Charlotte.

Expected in net for the Checkers is Justin Peters after Dan Ellis provided a win in their last game, holding true to Daniels’ rotation between the pipes.  Peters last appearance instilled the team with a shutout victory against the Lake Erie Monsters where he stopped all 23 shots thrown his way.

Tonight’s game is at 8:00 pm and can be seen or heard on AHL Live.

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