Wilkes-Barre Watch: Keys vs. Checkers in Round 1


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Penguins and the Checkers. - KDP PHOTOGRAPHY / WBS PENGUINS

It's official.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will be taking on the Charlotte Checkers in the best-of-5 first round of the Calder Cup playoffs.

The schedule for the first round is as follows:

Game 1 – Friday, Apr. 20 – W-B/Scranton at Charlotte, 7:00 p.m.
Game 2 – Saturday, Apr. 21 – W-B/Scranton at Charlotte, 6:00 p.m.
Game 3 – Thursday, Apr. 26 – Charlotte at W-B/Scranton, 7:05 p.m.
*Game 4 – Saturday, Apr. 28 – Charlotte at W-B/Scranton, 7:05 p.m.
*Game 5 – Sunday, Apr. 29 – Charlotte at W-B/Scranton, 3:05 p.m.
*if necessary

This will be the second time the Penguins meet the Checkers in the postseason. They previously met in the second round of the 2011 playoffs, and the Checkers won that series in six games.

After Sunday's game, head coach Clark Donatelli called Charlotte (more accurately "Chah-lotte", with his Boston accent) a "really skilled, really fast" team.

What do the Penguins need to do to take this series? What factors might give Wilkes-Barre an edge or hurt them in this round? Here are my keys:

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