After having the past week or so off due to the AHL All Star game, the Charlotte Checkers look to get back in action as they head to Oklahoma City to face the Barons. The two are meeting for the fifth time this season, the series being split at 2 games a piece, the most recent win being a 4-3 shootout victory in favor of Charlotte.
Prior to the All Star break the Checkers had overcome a 2-0 deficit against the Abbotsford Heat to come out victorious with a final score of 5-3 against the best defensive team in the American Hockey League. The win ended Abbotsford’s five-game win streak and put Charlotte back on the winning side of things after dropping the first game to the Heat 4-3 the night before.
Justin Peters is expected to be in net against the Barons after making a spectacular performance in the All Star game, winning the Goaltending Award in the Skills Competition. Peters is 16-9-1 on the season.
Today the Carolina Hurricanes organization announced that they have placed Zach Boychuk on waivers with the intent of having him re-join the Charlotte Checkers. Boychuk still holds the leading scorer title on the team, despite being with Carolina since January 11. He appeared in the team’s opening night alongside Alexandre Semin and Eric Staal, but sat out the past four games as a healthy scratch. Should he clear waivers by going unclaimed by any of the other 29 teams in the league, he would be eligible to play against Oklahoma.
The Edmonton Oilers re-assigned Yann Danis to Oklahoma City. He appeared in one game with the Oilers, stopping all 14 shots he saw in 40 minutes of work on January 22 against San Jose.