Lake Erie Monsters (28-26-6-4) at Checkers (28-33-5-1)
Time Warner Cable Arena
The Checkers return home to take on Lake Erie riding a season-best three-game winning streak after a 3-2 victory over the Admirals in Norfolk, Va., on Wednesday. … Brody Sutter scored twice in Wednesday’s win to extend his current goal streak to three games, putting him one shy of the longest by a Checkers player (Brock McGinn) this season. … Drew MacIntyre (34 saves) earned his 211th AHL win on Wednesday, tying him for ninth all-time. … With 12 points in his last 12 games, Checkers rookie defenseman Trevor Carrick has emerged as an offensive threat. He currently leads all Charlotte blue-liners in goals (six) and assists (20), both records for a Checkers’ rookie defenseman. Of Carrick’s five multipoint games this season, four have occurred since March 1. … Friday’s game marks the first of six straight home contests for the Checkers, who are 17-13-1-1 at Time Warner Cable Arena this season. … Defenseman Keegan Lowe returned to the Charlotte lineup on Wednesday after missing 11 games with an injury. ... Chad LaRose has one goal and one assist since making an unexpectedly early return from injury three games ago. As a result of LaRose’s return, the Checkers, on Tuesday, assigned rookie winger Carter Sandlak to the Florida Everblades of the ECHL. Sandlak, who has two goals and two assists in 38 games this season had been a health scratch in eight of his last nine games. ... The Checkers are offering an extra 10 percent off all merchandise to fans who wear purple (to raise awareness for domestic violence prevention) to Friday’s game. Seth Lakso
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