A potential scheduling problem for the Charlotte Checkers, if they do qualify for the American Hockey League playoffs, has been resolved.
If needed, the Checkers will play their first-round home games at PNC Arena in Raleigh.
The Checkers announced Tuesday that if the team reaches the Calder Cup playoffs and does not have home-ice advantage in the first round, Games 1 and 2 would be played at PNC Arena. If the Checkers do have the home-ice advantage, Games 3, 4 and 5 (if necessary) would be played at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte.
The AHL regular season ends Sunday and the playoffs begin next week. But the NBA's Bobcats have home games at Time Warner Cable Arena next week against New Orleans, Chicago, Memphis and Sacramento.
"We're at the mercy of scheduling," Tera Black, the Checkers' chief operating officer, said Tuesday.
Canes general manager Jim Rutherford said Monday that PNC Arena would be available for the Checkers, the Canes' AHL affiliate.
The Checkers said the team would provide bus transportation to the games in Raleigh for playoff ticket-plan holders, who also would receive seating priority. Discounted hotel packages also would be available, the team said.
The Checkers still have much work to do to reach the playoffs. The top eight teams in each conference qualify and the Checkers were 12th in the Western Conference before Tuesday's games.