ALBANY, NY – The Albany Devils lead in the Eastern Conference’s top-five is closing. On Jan. 19, the team was in fourth place with 51 points and eight points above St. John’s in eighth place.
After Sunday’s setback against Binghamton, the Devils are fifth with 52 points, but only two points above Providence in ninth place.
“You can only control what you can control,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “Even when we’re winning hockey games, you don’t seem to be making a ton of ground. There are so many teams that are fighting so hard to get in those top eight spots. When you have a bit of a setback and don’t get any points on a weekend, it’s so easy to lose ground.”
The Devils, who have one point in four games, are preparing for a pair of divisional games this weekend: against Bridgeport Friday and at Hartford Saturday.
Reflecting on last weekend’s game, Kowalsky doesn’t think the Devils played terrible; they just didn’t do enough to win. During Wednesday’s practice at Times Union Center, it was back to the drawing board.
“I used the term ‘hit the reset button,’ Kowalsky said. “We showed some things in video and had a little bit more one-on-one battle, compete practice today. I think that’s all it is: focus in on those little things and stuff like scoring and everything else will take care of itself.”
• After Wednesday’s practice the team announced that Artem Demkov had been loaned to Elmira (ECHL). Demkov arrived in Albany with a Professional Tryout Agreement on Dec. 4 and signed with the Devils on Dec. 13. In 22 AHL games this season, he posted 11 points with six goals and five assists.
Forwards: Reid Boucher, Mike Hoeffel, Cam Janssen, Stefan Matteau, Chris McKelvie, Rod Pelley, Harri Pesonen, Tim Sestito, Mike Sislo, Mattias Tedenby, Scott Timmins, Joe Whitney, David Wohlberg, Darcy Zajac, Kelly Zajac