Checkers (2-0-0) vs. Wild (1-1-0)
7 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena
Preview: After starting the season with wins on consecutive days against the Oklahoma City Barons, the Checkers enter Saturday’s home opener having not played since Oct. 5. ... With Carolina Hurricanes backup goaltender Anton Khudobin sidelined with an ankle injury, Justin Peters has been summoned to Raleigh. To fill Peters’ spot, the Checkers recalled Jesse Deckert from the ECHL’s Florida Everblades. ... The Checkers will host an Opening Night Fan Fest, complete with inflatables and games for the kids, from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday outside the Center City Green parking deck across from the Time Warner Cable Arena box office. ... Through two games, Aaron Palushaj leads the Checkers with three points (one goal, two assists). ... The Wild’s two games this season have also come against the Barons. Iowa won its home opener on Oct. 12 in Des Moines, 1-0, before falling 4-2 the following day.
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