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Tonight, the Charlotte Checkers, top affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes will finally be back in action after having eight days off. They’ll play two games on the road against the Norfolk Admirals (Tampa Bay Lightning) in what might be a preview of the playoffs in the spring of 2011. Currently, the Checkers sit third place in the East division and fourth overall in the Eastern conference. Norfolk is four standings points ahead of them in both races. This is an excellent opportunity for the Checkers to leapfrog Norfolk in the standings, or for Norfolk to gain some breathing room.
There’s no doubt that the starts will be split between netminders Justin Pogge and Mike Murphy. They’ve both played well this season, and neither has done anything to make the coaching staff declare a #1 starter.
Just before the long break, the Checkers lost a game at Hershey (Washington Capitals), which snapped a seven game road win streak that went back all the way to October 30. After this two game set which wraps up a five game road trip, Charlotte will host four games in five nights.
The Admirals have only played 11 home games this season and have gone 5-2-3-1 in those games. The two regulation losses were both against Charlotte. This is the fifth of twelve meetings of the two teams, and Charlotte has a 2-1-0-1 lead in the series.
On Friday night, the Charlotte Checkers played their first home game in the history of the AHL franchise. On hockey nights, the arena is configured for a capacity of 14,100 and it was nearly full with an announced attendance of 12,512. Unfortunately, the visiting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Baby Penguins emerged with a 4-2 decision.
The Checkers looked a little slow and sloppy in their own end. They couldn’t sustain any offensive pressure, their passes weren’t crisp and goaltender Justin Pogge looked positively awful. Conversely, the Pens created a lot of havoc in front of Pogge’s net with no resistance. They were quick, they were aggressive, and they deserved the win.
On Saturday, the Hurricanes announced that they have assigned three players to the AHL Charlotte Checkers. Goaltender Justin Pogge, who traveled to Europe as a third goaltender, will be joined by defensemen Brett Carson and Bobby Sanguinetti in Charlotte. The trio will not be available to the Checkers when they begin their season tonight.
The Checkers begin their first AHL season tonight in Hartford and will play in Springfield on Sunday afternoon and in Portland on Monday afternoon. Three games in three days. They’ll need all the healthy bodies they can get. It’s likely that one of the two defensemen will be recalled before Carolina’s next game, which will be Thursday night in Ottawa.
Since Sergei Samsonov is injured and Jiri Tlusty not quite ready for NHL action after surgery this summer, it’s also possible that one of the young forwards could be called from Charlotte to join the big team.
After the back-to-back-to-back situation, the Checkers will have three days off before their home opener against the Baby Penguins on Friday.
On Thursday afternoon, the Hurricanes announced the signings of goaltender Justin Pogge and defenseman Bryan Rodney to one year two-way contracts. This is good news for Charlotte, where both players will spend the bulk of, if not all of, the season.
Pogge, who was acquired from the Anaheim Ducks on the trading deadline this past spring will compete with Mike Murphy for the starting job down on the farm. His contract is for the league minimum $500k at the NHL level and $85k at the AHL level. He is guaranteed $105k.
Rodney’s contract is for $525k at the NHL level or $105k at the AHL level.