The Comets open a three-game weekend against Atlantic Division opponent Charlotte. The game closes a three-game homestand for the Comets.

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday.

Where: Adirondack Bank Center at Utica Memorial Auditorium

Broadcast: 94.9 FM KROCK | AHLTV (Free during opening weekend)

Records: Comets (1-1-0-0); Checkers (2-0-0-0).

Season series: Friday is the first four meetings this season. The Comets were 1-3-0-0 last season against Charlotte.

Game updates: @OD_Comets on Twitter.

Comets lines/pairings:

MacMaster-Kero-Boucher

Archibald(A)-Gaudette-Dahlen

Bancks(C)-Woods-Lind

MacEwen-Darcy-Gadjovich

Juolevi-Chatfield

McEneny-Sautner(A)

Brisebois-Sifers

Bachman (Kulbakov)

Scratches: Dirk, Blujus, Jasek, Gaunce (DTD inj), Arseneau, Hamilton (WTW), Palmu, Carcone

Notes: With Friday’s game, the Comets begin a stretch of six games over the next nine days. … The Comets 1-1-0-0 start is their best since the team began 1-0-1-0 during the 2014-15 season. … Forward Zack MacEwen has continued his strong play from his rookie season, with back-to-back multi-point effort in the first two games. His four points (1-3-4) this season are tied for sixth in the AHL. … Reid Boucher and Jaime Sifers each served as alternate captains last weekend. Comets coach Trent Cull said he would likely rotate the duties to a handful of players, but didn’t say which ones. … The Comets are 3-for-7 (42.9%) on the power play in two games. That ranks third in the AHL. … Richard Bachman won his 44th game with the Comets on Saturday. He’s two back of Joacim Eriksson and three back of Thatcher Demko for goaltender wins with the Comets. … Fifth overall pick Olli Joulevi, who has been solid in his first two games, picked up his first AHL point assisting on Reid Boucher’s power play goal.

About the Checkers: Charlotte earned back-to-back wins over Rochester during opening weekend. ... Forward Nicolas Roy was selected the Player of the Week on Tuesday after totaling four goals and two assists last week. … Andrew Poturalski (2-3-5) and Janne Kuokkanen (2-2-4) are each in the top-10 in scoring after two games.

Injuries: Goaltender Thatcher Demko is on “non-roster injured reserve” and is in concussion protocol, though he’s making progress. His return is unclear. ... Wacey Hamilton (head/shoulder) is week-to-week and not expected to play this weekend. ... Brendan Gaunce (lower-body) is day-to-day. He left Thursday’s practice early and did not return.

Comets leaders: Zack MacEwen 1-3-4

Reid Boucher 3-0-3

Jonathan Dahlen 0-2-2

Tanner MacMaster 0-2-2

Tanner Kero 0-2-2

Comets goaltenders: Richard Bachman 1-1-0/3.53/.900

Ivan Kulbakov -- no starts this season