Marlies (16-15-6-0) at Checkers (14-19-4-1)
7 p.m. Thursday, Time Warner Cable Arena
The Checkers return home fresh off Tuesday’s 3-2 shootout victory at Rockford to host games Thursday and Friday against the Toronto Marlies, Charlotte goaltender Drew MacIntyre’s former team. … MacIntyre, 31, made 41 saves Tuesday to gain sole possession of 10th place on the American Hockey League’s all-time list with 204 victories. … Chad LaRose left the win with an injury. If he is unable to suit up, the Checkers would have 12 forwards and no healthy extras, unless Brody Sutter is able to return from an injury that has kept him off the ice since mid-November. … Andrej Nestrasil (conditioning stint) was recalled to the Carolina Hurricanes. … With 18 points in 36 games, Brendan Woods has more than doubled the eight points he posted as a rookie in 42 games last season. … The Checkers are 1-for-38 on the power play over their past 10 games. That should improve with the additions of Zach Boychuk and Michal Jordan, who cleared NHL waivers and were reassigned to the Checkers. In Boychuk, the Checkers get the AHL’s reigning goal-scoring champion (36 last season), who should boost an offense ranked 30th in the league with an average of 2.21 per contest. Boychuk also led the AHL in power-play goals with 18; something the 30th-ranked Checkers (8.4 percent) are in dire need of some help with. … Boychuk is two goals from tying Chris Terry for the franchise’s all-time lead (104). In Jordan, Charlotte gets back its captain and best overall defender. Seth Lakso
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