When we last saw these Charlotte Checkers it was opening night. That seems like ages ago already, doesn’t it? The Admirals offense rocked them 6-3 in that game and gave us a glimpse into just what our young forwards can do. Especially one Pontus Åberg. I still feel that first game of the season gave us our best goal to date.
You can still watch that goal again-and-again and still make the same facial reaction that Brendan Leipsic had in the corner. Egad!
Considering the whole season has transpired so far since we last saw these guys there is plenty to look at. The Charlotte Checkers currently have a record of 5-11-1-0 (11 points) and are seated at the bottom of the West Division with the Iowa Wild (11 points). Charlotte is currently on a three-game losing streak – during which they were outscored 13-5.
The Checkers join the Milwaukee Admirals, Grand Rapids Griffins, and Lake Erie Monsters for the least amount of games played in the AHL this season at 17 games. For those curious, the St. John’s IceCaps and Springfield Falcons have logged the most games in the league this season with 22 games played.
If you like goal scoring… I’m afraid I’ve got some BAD NEWS. The Checkers have scored 37 goals as a team this season. That makes them second lowest in the Western Conference in scoring. Only Toronto Marlies have been worse in that department with only 29 goals scored from 18 games.
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As you would now expect. Scoring has been few and far between for the Checkers. Their leading scorer is right winger Greg Nemisz with 13 points (8 goals, 5 assists) in 17 games. He is trailed be veteran forward Chad LaRose who has 9 points (2 goals, 7 assists) in an equal amount of games played.
In goal, things have been way more consistent for the Checkers from this season as opposed to last. They had used nine goaltenders during the 2013-14 season. We’re nearly at December now and, breathe Checkers fans, they’ve utilized the same battery that they started the season off with: Drew MacIntyre and John Muse.
Both goaltenders have had a hard go of it to start the season. MacIntyre has played the bulk to date, 13 games, and has lost 8 games while sporting a 2.87 goals against average and a 0.906 save percentage. Muse hasn’t faired much better in his 5 appearances, either. He has only 1 win on the season with a 2.72 goals against average and a 0.904 save percentage.
What are your expectations for the Admirals weekend set in Charlotte? Can the Admirals take all four-points? Scoreline predictions?