Sunday, October 14, 2012

Gameday Preview: Stars v. Charlotte Checkers

Texas Stars
1-0-0-0, 2 pts
#5 Western Conference
v.Charlotte Checkers
1-0-0-0, 2 pts
#2 Western Conference
October 14th at 7:00 PM
Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, TX

Hockey's back. Texas will welcome the Charlotte Checkers to the newly-minted South Division and open up the Cedar Park Center for a fourth year of AHL hockey this evening at 7:00 PM.

Charlotte and Texas each help one of the other Texas teams open up their seasons last night. Texas defeated the Rampage in San Antonio by a 2-1 mark. Charlotte was equally stingy, beating Houston 3-1 at the Toyota Center.

One of the "big guys" that was discussed on the Charlotte roster was Jeff Skinner. However, Skinner is eligible play but has not reported to the AHL club yet. The NHL team has approved this decision and it is entirely unclear why Skinner has not reported. Regardless, Justin Faulk is in Charlotte and had two assists in last night's win.

The Checkers, much like Texas and Cam Barker, had an unexpected PTO in former Stars goalie Dan Ellis. Ellis, who spent time in Nashville, Tampa Bay and Anaheim, started his career with the Dallas Stars, playing for the Iowa Stars and Idaho Steelheads. Ellis did not get the start on Saturday and could play tonight. For comparison, some of the Stars that Ellis played with who are still in the system include Francis Wathier, Toby Petersen, Mark Fistric, Trevor Daley and Loui Eriksson.

Texas will look to improve their power play percentage. The Stars had no trouble drawing penalties in the first game or the preseason, drawing 32 total man-advantages over the four games. After going 8/24 in the preseason, there was a power outage in San Antonio.

Stars injury/call up report:
Sceviour (injury)

Website: gocheckers.com
Checkers Social Media: Social Media
Blog (unofficial): Chasing Checkers
Twitter: @checkershockey
Twitter: @mikelappan (PR)

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