Saturday, January 18, 2014

Gameday Preview: Stars at Charlotte Checkers

Texas Stars
25-10-2-3, 55 pts
#2 Western Conference
atCharlotte Checkers
17-19-0-1, 35 pts
#11 Western Conference
January 18th at 11:00 AM
Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC

It's not the earliest game the Stars will play this year, but it's an odd one considering that the Stars played last night at 6:00 PM CST. From the end of the game to puck drop today will be no more than sixteen hours. The Checkers are doing a doubleheader with the Charlotte Bobcats of the NBA. Both teams use the Time Warner Cable Arena but there will be a four hour delay as they change over the facility for basketball.

Texas hinted at its plan for goaltending with the move to put Robinson in last night for the third in a 7-1 game. Nilstorp will likely start. Other lineup changes may include the loss of Jykri Jokipakka, who missed the third period of last night's game. Texas has several extra defensemen on the trip, including Sinkewich and Button, who both played at forward last night. One of those two or William Wreen, who was scratched last night, will slide down to defense if Jokipakka can't go.

Stars injury/call up report:
Nemeth, Glennie, Campbell, Ritchie (injury)
Vause, Wathier, Jokipakka (questionable)

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

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